Bonfire and fireworks displays

also known as: Bonfires, Fireworks.

Stay safe, have fun and enjoy yourself this Bonfire Night by attending one of the organised firework and bonfire displays in Northumberland and the surrounding area and reading our top safety tips.

Stay safe and have fun this Bonfire Night

Read our top tips and advice below, including what NOT to wear, how to handle sparklers safely and what you can do to help your pets.

You can also read our fireworks code leaflet here.

What NOT to wear on bonfire night

  • Never wear loose clothing (like a tracksuit or a long dangly scarf), they can easily catch alight
  • Never wear clothes which are labelled ‘highly flammable’ they can catch alight
  • Remember: if anyone’s clothes do catch on fire STOP don’t run DROP to the ground and ROLL over to put the flame out

Sparkler safety tips

  • Children should always been supervised when using sparklers
  • Never give a child under the age of 5 a sparkler
  • Always wear gloves
  • Never light more than one sparkler at a time
  • Once the sparkler is finished, put it hot end down in a bucket of water or sand

Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix

  • Please remember alcohol and fireworks don’t mix, if you’re attending an organised display or having your own event, ditch the drink to keep yourself, your friends and family safe.

Pets and animals

  • Most animals can get very scared from the loud bangs and flashes associated with fireworks displays. To ease their distress, keep your pets indoors and close all the curtains to make things calmer. Remember, it's not just your own fireworks that cause them to be scared, so you may need to have your pets indoors on several nights when other displays are taking place.
  • It is against the law to cause any unnecessary suffering to any domestic or captive animal. The penalty if found guilty is either imprisonment up to 51 weeks, a fine of up to £20,000, or both.

Follow the law

  • Do not set off or throw a firework in a public place or the street, If found guilty by the courts, you could be fined up to £5,000 and can be imprisoned for up to three months.
  • Under 18s cannot buy or possess adult fireworks

Bonfire and Fireworks displays in and around Northumberland 2014

Have fun, stay safe and hang out with all your friends and family by attending one of the local bonfire or fireworks displays listed below.

If you are organising a public display and wish to be included in our list please email us the full event details to communitysafety@northumberland.gov.uk

Although you do get a bigger bang at an organised display, if you are organising you own bonfire night celebrations, read our important advice here.

Take your pick from our list of organised events below:

Alnwick Round Table Fireworks

  • Date: Saturday 8 November
  • Time: gates open at 6.30pm, display begins at 7.30pm
  • Price: adults £5, children £3, under 4's go for free
  • Venue: Alnwick Rugby Club, Greensfield Ave, Alnwick, NE66 1BE
  • For more information: https://www.facebook.com/alnwickfireworks

Chillingham Castle – Halloween and fireworks

  • Date: Friday 31 October
  • Time: 6-8pm (gates open at 5.30pm)
  • Price: £5 children, £10 adult, £25 family ticket
  • Venue: Chillingham Castle, Chillingham, Alnwick, NE66 5NJ
  • For more information: Call 01668 215359 to book or go http://www.chillingham-castle.com/Tours.asp?S=6&V=1&P=55

The Brambles Childcare Centre Bonfire Night - Amble

  • Date: Friday 7 Novemeber
  • Time: 6pm, display starts at 6:30pm
  • Price: adults £3.50, children £2.50, under 2's go free
  • Venue: Brambles Childcare Centre, Coquet Enterprise Park, Amble, NE65 0PE
  • For more information: phone 01665 710453

Ashington Community Football Club

  • Date: Sunday 2 November
  • Time: gates open at 5pm, display starts at 7pm  
  • Venue: Ashington Community Football Club, Woodhorn Lane, NE63 9FW  

If you know about any fireworks/bonfires going on in this area, please contact communitysafety@northumberland.gov.uk.

Blyth Firework Spectacular

Hexham Round Table Annual Charity Bonfire and fireworks display

  • Date: Saturday 1 November 2014
  • Time: Bonfire is lit at 6:30pm, fireworks start at 7:00pm
  • Price: a charitable donation will be much appreciated. All proceeds go to local Tyndale charities; the local Muscular Dystrophy support group, the Sele First PTA and Hexham Air Cadets.
  • Venue: The Sele, Hexham
  • For more information please visit: http://www.hexhamroundtable.org.uk/flyer.html

Morpeth Rugby Club Bonfire night and firework display

Stamfordham Bonfire

  • Date: Saturday 8 November
  • Time: Bonfire lit at 6pm, fireworks begin at 6:30pm
  • Venue: Stamfordham Village green

Kirkley Hall bonfire night

Higham Lakes Bonfire night

  • Date: Wednesday 5 November
  • Time: gates open 4pm, bonfire lit 5pm, fireworks 6pm
  • Price: adults £5, under 16s £2.50, under 4s free, please pay on the gate, proceeds raise money for the North East Air Ambulance
  • Venue: Higham Lakes, Higham Dykes, Ponteland, NE20 0DH
  • Contact: phone - 07950428159.email- highamlakes@hotmail.co.uk 
  • For more information: www.highamlakes.com 
  • Additional information: no sparklers please

The Links, Whitley Bay

Blue Flames Firework Display

Segedunum

Tynemouth cricket club

  • Date: Saturday 8 November
  • Time: doors open at 5pm, bonfire lit at 6pm, display at 7pm
  • Price: Adult £4, Children £2, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £10
  • Venue: Tynemouth Cricket Club, Preston Avenue, North Shields, NE30 2BG

Gosforth Round Table Fireworks Night

  • Date: Saturday 1 November
  • Time: gates open at 6.15pm, fireworks starts at 7pm
  • Price: TBC, all proceeds will go to local charities
  • Venue: Broadway West Playing Fields
  • For more information:

Jesmond Cricket Club

  • Date: Sunday 2 November
  • Time: 6.30pm – 10pm
  • Price: in advance - £4 adults, £2 children (under 2 free) - On the gate – £6 adults, £3 children.
  • Venue: Newcastle Cricket Club, Osborne Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle, Tyne & Wear, NE2 1JS
  • For more information: http://newcastlecc.org.uk/jesmond-fireworks-display-2014/

Oliver Henderson, Felling

Saltwell Park

Barmoor in Ryton

Organising your own bonfire night celebrations

Figures have shown that more children than adults get hurt by fireworks. If you are thinking of using fireworks as part of your celebrations, you should follow the steps listed below. It doesn’t matter whether your event is in your own back garden, or a community display, follow our advice to keep your friends and family safe and fun this 5 November.

You can also read our 'Giving your own Fireworks Display' booklet here for more detailed information.

Preparing for your bonfire night

If you’re holding a bonfire, whether it's in your own back garden or as a community event, you need to register your contact details with us to ensure your 5th November is safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone.

During October and November our fire service is called to numerous bonfires which are safe, but we didn’t know about. This stops our fire service from being available to attend real emergencies. You can help us to keep everyone in the community safe, by telling us if you’re planning a bonfire night so we can create a database of approved ‘safe’ bonfires and hopefully reduce the number of calls and irresponsible bonfires set up in our local communities.

Let us know by:

Please provide us with:

  • your full name
  • mobile number
  • location of bonfire
  • time you will start

Fire can spread easily, so please get in touch with the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) if you are planning to have a bonfire on November 5th. They can provide you with plenty of information and advice, such as:

  • how to conduct risk assessments for events
  • site suitability
  • bonfire construction
  • safety procedures
  • how to inform people about the event
  • who to contact
  • insurance
  • fire safety

You can contact the NFRS on 01670 627599 to confirm your bonfire location.

Building your bonfire

Follow these tips to keep all your guests safe at your event:

  • only build your bonfire on November 5
  • site the bonfire at least 18 meters from buildings or trees
  • do not build beside electricity or telephone lines
  • have enough helpers and equipment
  • height must be less than 3 meters and half the width of the base
  • only burn wood, paper/cardboard and foliage
  • build to collapse inwards as it burns (you can contact us for advice)

Please note: any bonfires built on public land without a permit, for instance a public park or sports field will be removed.

Buying your fireworks

  • Don’t buy fireworks from anywhere except one of the 53 registered sellers which can be found here.
  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or with a CE mark – this shows that the firework meets British or European safety standards (a registered seller will know this).
  • Fireworks for private use can only be sold by a registered seller between 15 October and 10 November (around Bonfire Night), between 26 December and 31 December (for New Year’s Eve), 3 days before Diwali and Chinese New Year – for the rest of the year, you can only buy fireworks from shops that are licensed to supply them.
  • If you are under 18, you can’t buy the types of fireworks which can be sold only to adults or have fireworks in a public places. Iff you do, the police can give you an on-the-spot fine of £80.

If you think a shop is unregistered, or selling fireworks when they shouldn’t, contact the trading standards team.

Fireworks and the law

It is against the law to:

  • set off or throw fireworks in the street or other public place
  • set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, or between midnight and 7am on Bonfire Night, or 1am and 7am for New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year

If found guilty by the courts, you could be fined an on the spot fine of £80 or up to £5,000 and can face charges, imprisonment for up to three months and receive a criminal record.

Top tips for your party

  • Always have a bucket of water prepared – to cool sparklers and put out any small fires
  • Alcohol: A large percentage of people drink alcohol at fireworks parties in back gardens. This increases the risk of injury and makes adults less able to supervise children properly during the display. To keep your friends and family safe, try to limit the availability of alcohol at your event, keep guests who are drinking alcohol well away from fireworks and the bonfire and never drink alcohol if you’re setting off fireworks.

Lighting fireworks- follow these simple guidelines to stay safe:

  • Only one person should be responsible for letting off fireworks, so nominate one person.
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you’re setting off fireworks- alcohol and fireworks don’t mix –nominate people who are not drinking alcohol to take charge of the fireworks displays
  • Follow the instructions on each firework – read them in daylight or by torchlight, never by a naked flame.
  • Wear eye protection and gloves.
  • Bring a closed metal box to store the fireworks – take them out one at a time – never carry them in your pocket.
  • Light fireworks at arm’s length, using a taper.
  • Make sure everyone stands well back.
  • Never go back to a firework that has been lit – even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode.
  • Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire.

Lighting your bonfire

  • Before lighting, check that there are no children or animals in your bonfire
  • Make sure your bonfire is well away from a road, never light a bonfire if the smoke will drift across onto a road or you will be fined for endangering traffic
  • Keep spectators away at a distance of at least 6m
  • Do not burn aerosols, tyres, canisters, plastics or anything containing foam or paint, many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury
  • Never leave the bonfire unattended and keep children and animals away from it
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby incase of emergency
  • Never throw fireworks into the fire
  • Once the bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting, ensure the fire is out and inform the Fire and Rescue service (01670 627599)
  • Always check the fire again later to be on the safe side

Please note:

Burning domestic waste is an offence as it is likely to cause pollution or harm to human health.

Burning plastic, rubber or painted materials creates poisonous fumes and can have damaging health effects for people who have asthmatic or heart conditions.

Smoke across the road

If you see any smoke drifting across the road, please call the police on 101

Under the Highways Act 1980, anyone lighting a fire and allowing smoke to drift across the road faces a fine if it endangers traffic.

Reporting arson and safety risks

Help your local community to stay safe by reporting any arson or safety threats below.

If you see any smoke drifting across the road, please call the police on 101

Under the Highways Act 1980, anyone lighting a fire and allowing smoke to drift across the road faces a fine if it endangers traffic.

If you are aware of a bonfire being built on public land, please report it to us.

All bonfires built on public land will be dismantled and removed, unless it is on a designated site and has had a full risk assessment.

To report please:

If you discover a potential arson risk, please let us know by reporting it in one of the following ways:

Office hours: 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Friday

You can find out what is defined as an arson risk here and find more information on how to tackle them.

Contact us

For further advice on bonfire safety contact Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service on:

To report accumulations of waste on public land contact Northumberland County Council's contact centre on:

  • Phone: 0845 600 6400