Bonfire & fireworks displays

Stay safe when having a bonfire or when using fireworks. Read our top safety tips here.

More children are injured by fireworks than adults. Fireworks can be a lot of fun, but only when handled correctly.

Watch ‘Ryan’s Regret’ and see how the incorrect use of fireworks can cause devastating effects. 
 
Organised bonfire and firework displays can be a lot of fun and are the best way to see some great fireworks.

Many events not only include firework displays, but can also feature family entertainment and are a safer environment to enjoy a spectacular display. 

Below is a list of events in and around Northumberland for bonfire night: 

Fireworks displays in Northumberland

Fireworks & Funfair Family Racenight

  • Newcastle Racecourse, High Gosforth Park, Newcastle, NE3 5HP
  • Friday 1st November
  • Gates open at 3pm
  • First race at 4:15pm
  • Last race at 8pm with the display happening appox an hour after it finishes
  • £11 Adults (advance purchase), £16 Adults (at the gate), £5 Children (age 5 and under admitted free)
Spectacular Fireworks Display After Racing!

A Fireworks and Funfair Racenight is on offer at the racecourse with a display set to close a day of racing ahead of Bonfire Night. The family event will have free parking plus free shuttle buses from and to local metro stations. The Fireworks & Funfair Family Race-night will also include music and a funfair for all ages.

Website: https://www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk/whats-on/1-november-2019
 
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Blyth Town Council Fireworks event 

  • Mermaid Car Park
  • Admission: Free
  • Saturday 2nd November
  • Event starts at 4pm til 8:30pm
Once again there will have a large funfair, street theatre and everyone will be joined by Metro Radio. 

Disabled parking is very limited and by application to events@blythtowncouncil.org.uk.

Website: http://www.blythtowncouncil.org.uk/fireworks.php

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Here’s a few top tips to ensure you have a spectacular time with fireworks.

Hexham Round Table Bonfire & Fireworks Display 

  • Sele Park, Hexham. NE46 3NB
  • Saturday 2nd November
  • Bonfire lit at 6:30pm and fireworks at 7pm
  • Admission: Entry is free, but all donations would be gratefully accepted and fund the Round Table’s charitable activities throughout the year
This is Hexham Round Table's flagship event, and probably the biggest event of the year with upwards of 12,000 people descending on Hexham. Food and glow productions will be on sale to help it do this. This year it hopes to be supported by a range of charitable organisations again this year, with a number of groups providing food and drinks for the crowds.

For more information http://www.hexhamroundtable.org.uk/bonfire.html
 
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Alnwick District Round Table Bonfire & Firework Display

  • Alnwick Rugby Club, Greensfield Ave, Alnwick, NE66 1BE
  • Saturday 2nd November
  • Event starts at 
  • Admission: Entry at the gate is £5; under 16s are £3 and under 14s are free. Dogs on a lead are allowed.
Alnwick and District Round Table is organising a firework display at the town’s rugby club on Saturday. Parking is available on the night at Willowburn Sports Centre or the car park at Homebase, but people are encouraged to come into the rugby club to support the event.


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Stamfordham Firework display

  • Stamfordham Village Green, Stamfordham
  • Saturday 2nd November​, Bonfire lit at 6pm
  • Admission: No entrance charge, donation buckets available

Hotdogs and hog roast, flashing novalties and refreshments available from the local public house with professional first aid covering the event. No sparklers.

Bonfire lit at 6pm, fireworks to follow

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Fireworks at Saltwell park

  • Saltwell Park, East Park Road, Gateshead
  • Saturday 2nd November
  • Gates open at 5pm, Bonfire lighting at 7pm and the firework display is at 7:30pm
  • Cost is £4 per wristband purchased in advance
This event is always a biggie attracting more than 30,000 people and billed as the biggest in the region. Expect live music and entertainment with Metro Radio presenters plus a children's fairground alongside the huge bonfire. The organisers are also promising live music from some as-yet unnamed North East talent and the return of the MetroGnomes.

You can also buy advance tickets here which includes a 25p charity donation - https://planetradio.co.uk/metro/local/events/saltwellparkfireworks/


Blaydon Rugby Footbal Club

  • Swallwell, Gateshead, NE16 3BN
  • Saturday 2nd November
  • Gates open at 5pm with a bonfire at 6:15pm and fireworks starting at 7:30pm
  • Admission: Adults - £6, Children and under 16s - £3, under three years - free, and family tickets - £15 (2 adults and 2 children).
Funfair, bonfire and firework display along with in-house music at Blaydon Rugby Football Club.

More details: http://www.blaydonrfc.co.uk/fireworks/​

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Prudhoe Town Football Club

  • Prudhoe Town Football Club, Kimberley Park, Broomhouse Road, Prudhoe
  • Saturday 2nd November
  • Gates open at 6pm with a Bonfire at 6:45pm and Fireworks at 7pm
  • Free admission, although donations are welcome
Food and refreshments available with the Tip Top bar open before and after the display.

Find out more about the event here

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Morpeth Annual Bonfire & Fireworks Display

  • Morpeth Rugby Football Club, Mitford Road, Morpeth. NE61 1RJ.
  • Sunday 3rd November
  • Gates open at 5pm and Bonfire lit at 6pm
  • Admission: £5 each, Under 12s £3 each
  • For more information click here

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Charity firework display in aid of Great North Air Ambulance

  • Sunday 3rd November
  • Higham Lakes Trout Fishery, Higham Dykes, Ponteland, NE20 0DH
  • Gates open 4pm, bonfire around 5pm and fireworks at 6pm
  • Admission: Adult £5 and children (4-16 years) £2.50, children under four go free. All proceeds go to the Great North Air Ambulance
Plenty parking, pay on the gate.

This annual event always supports charity and over past years has raised more than £10,000. This year, The Great North Air Ambulance will again benefit from the night which is promising a huge bonfire; display of top-quality fireworks and a fire-performing act.

The event also sees hot dogs, burgers and drinks on sale; a licensed bar and glow sticks but visitors are asked to not bring sparklers to the family event. 

Further information please check www.highamlakes.com

Here’s a few top tips to ensure you have a spectacular time with fireworks.

Have fun and stay safe with fireworks. Don’t let mishandling of fireworks ruin your night.

The Links Firework display

  • Sunday 3rd November
  • The Links, Whitley Bay, NE26 1TQ
  • Admission: Free
This annual fireworks display attracts thousands of people to see a spectacular show overlooking the North Sea off Whitley Bay. Traffic in the area will be busy but there's always the Metro. In the event of bad weather, the event will take place the following night.

Website: https://www.visitnorthtyneside.com/events/event/28/

Here’s a few top tips to ensure you have a spectacular time with fireworks.

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Fireworks at the Fort

Entry to the museum and cafe is free from 4pm and fireworks start at 6:30pm.

The fort often hosts the first display to kick off in the region but this year it is celebrating on the night itself. A firework extravaganza is promised, lighting up the night sky over the River Tyne where Swan Hunter used to launch its ships. Families will be able to explore the museum exhibits and pop into the new Evans on the Wall cafe before the 6.30pm Fireworks at the Fort display. There also will be drop-in craft activities in the galleries. The site car park will be closed but Wallsend Metro and buses are hearby. 

Have fun and stay safe with fireworks. Don’t let mishandling of fireworks ruin your night.

Here’s a few top tips to ensure you have a spectacular time with fireworks.

Blue Flames Annual Fireworks Display

  • Blue Flames Sporting Club, Whitley Park, Whitley Road, NE12 9SF​
  • Tuesday 5th November
  • Gates open at 5pm and display starts at 7pm
  • Admission: Advance tickets cost £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children and are available from Blue Flames reception. Tickets on the night cost £5 for adults and £4 for children
Blue Flames Leisure Centre's annual firework display will include children's fairground rides, stalls, hot food and bars. Limited disabled parking will be available on the night.

More details: http://www.blueflames.co.uk/events/fireworks-display/
 
Here’s a few top tips to ensure you have a spectacular time with fireworks.

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Tynemouth Cricket Club's Annual Grand Fireworks Display

  • Tynemouth Cricket Club, Tynemouth Cricket Club Ltd
  • Sunday 9th November
  • Gates open at 5pm and Fireworks at 7pm
  • Early Bird Tickets - Adults £5; under-16s £2; Family (two adults, two children) £12. 
15-20min firework display, huge bonfire, hot food stalls, fairground rides, raffle and several bars. Live music before and after the display.

Wedsite: Whats on at Tynemouth cricket club

Here’s a few top tips to ensure you have a spectacular time with fireworks.

Have fun and stay safe with fireworks. Don’t let mishandling of fireworks ruin your night.
Follow the list of safety points below to stay safe if you are building your own bonfire.

  • Never wear loose clothing that can easily ignite (tracksuit/long scarf).
  • Never wear clothes labelled ‘highly flammable’ - they can ignite.
Remember, if anyone’s clothes do catch on fire – don’t run, drop to the ground and roll over to put the flame out. Stop, drop and roll!
Building a bonfire?
Follow these tips to keep everyone safe:
  • Site the bonfire at least 18 metres from buildings or trees.
  • Do not build it beside electricity or telephone lines.
  • Have enough helpers and equipment.
  • The height must be less than three metres 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 that any bonfires built on public land, for instance a public park or sports field, without a permit will be removed.

Lighting your bonfire:
  • Before lighting it, ensure there are no children or animals within your bonfire.
  • Make sure your bonfire is away from a road, as smoke will drift and you will be fined for endangering traffic.
  • Keep spectators at a distance of at least six metres.
  • Do not burn aerosols, tyres, canisters, plastics or anything containing foam or paint – they produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury.
  • Never leave the bonfire unattended and keep children and animals away.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby in case 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 check again later to be safe.
  • Children should always be supervised when using sparklers.
  • Never give children under the age of five a sparkler.
  • Always wear gloves.
  • Never light more than one sparkler at a time.
  • Once the sparkler is finished, put its hot end down in a bucket of water or sand.
  • 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 asthma or heart conditions.

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.

For more advice, please contact us.

Fire can spread easily, so please contact us if you are planning to have a bonfire. We can provide 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 us on 01670 621 110 for more information.

Fire can spread easily, so please contact us on 01670 621110 if you are planning to have a bonfire. We can provide 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
Help to keep you and your loved ones safe when using fireworks. Whether you use them in your own back garden, or at a community display, follow our advice to stay safe.

Watch our top tips when buying and using fireworks.

Buying your fireworks

  • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 or with a CE mark – this shows the firework meets British or European safety standards
  • Fireworks for private use can only be sold by a registered seller (between 15 October and 10 November, between 26 December and 31 December, or three days before Diwali and Chinese New Year). For the rest of the year, you can only buy fireworks from shops licensed to supply them.
  • If you are under 18 you cannot buy adult fireworks or have them in public places. If you do, the police can give you an on-the-spot fine of £80.
  • If you think a shop is unregistered, or selling fireworks illegally, contact the trading standards team.
When using fireworks
  • Always have buckets of water prepared to put out small fires or cool sparklers.
  • Never drink alcohol. This increases risk of injury and makes adults less able to supervise children during the display. Try to limit the availability of alcohol at bonfire events. Keep guests who are drinking alcohol away from fireworks and never drink alcohol if you’re setting them off.
Lighting fireworks - follow these simple guidelines to stay safe:
  • Only one person should be responsible for letting off fireworks.
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you’re setting off fireworks.
  • Follow the instructions on each firework by daylight or 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 and never carry them in your pocket.
  • Light fireworks at arms’ length, using a taper.
  • Ensure everyone stands back.
  • Never go back to a firework that has been lit – even if hasn’t gone off as it could still explode.
  • Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire.
  • Please remember, alcohol and fireworks don’t mix.

Pets and animals
Animals can get very scared from the loud bangs and flashes associated with firework displays. To ease their distress, keep them indoors and close all curtains to make things calmer.

Remember, it’s not just your own fireworks that cause them to be scared, so you may need to keep 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 imprisonment up to 51 weeks, a fine of up to £20,000, or both.

If you have livestock of horses, remember to check for nearby displays and ask your neighbours if they are planning on setting off any fireworks or having a bonfire.

If your animals or stabled, check thoroughly for anything that could cause potential injury such as protruding nails and string.

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f your animals are staying in the field, check that fencing is not broken and that there are no foreign objects lying around. 

 

It is against the law to:

  • set off or throw fireworks in the street, or any 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
  • buy or possess adult fireworks if you are under 18
If found guilty by the courts, you could receive an on-the-spot fine of £80 or up to £5,000 and can face charges, imprisonment for up to three months, as well as a criminal record.
Help your local community to stay safe by reporting any arson or safety threats below.

Under the Highways Act 1980, anyone lighting a fire and allowing smoke to drift across roads face a fine if it endangers traffic.
  • If you see this, please call the police on 101.
If you discover a potential arson risk, please let us know by reporting it in one of the following ways:
For further advice on bonfire and firework safety, please contact us:

  • Phone: 01670 621110 (during office hours) and 01670 627599 (outside of office hours)
  • Email: firesafety1@northumberland.gov.uk (only monitored during normal office hours)
  • To report accumulations of waste on public land, contact Northumberland County Council’s contact centre on: 0345 600 6400
How to apply for a sale of fireworks license and when businesses are allowed to sell fireworks.

The Fireworks Regulations 2004 prohibit the sale of adult fireworks other than during the following periods:
  • on the first day of Chinese New Year and the three days immediately preceding it
  • on the day of Diwali and the three days immediately preceding it
  • during the period beginning on the 15th October and ending on the 10th November
  • during the period beginning on the 26th December and ending on the 31st December
If you wish to apply to sell fireworks during these periods or renew your licence please use the following application form- The Regulations also allow that a person wishing to sell adult fireworks outside of the above periods may apply for an annual licence authorising such sales. Northumberland County Council welcomes applications for these licences.The current fee for this £500 per year. 

If you wish to apply for an annual licence or would like to discuss any other matters please feel free to contact the Trading Standards Service for further information on tradingstandards@northumberland.gov.uk or by phone on: 01670 623870