Remember, remember the 5th of November is stealing up on us fast. As more people are turning for safety reasons to attending organised displays it's time to see when the local fireworks displays are happening and plan your fun.
So here's our roundup of the best organised fireworks displays in the Ealing area:
In Ealing we are home to one of the best fireworks events in West London at Ealing Cricket Club. This year's display is on Saturday 2nd November with the theme "Stage and Screen" and promises to be a fantastic show set to music including Skyfall, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables etc. Local company Absolutely Fabulous Fireworks are in charge of the fireworks and followed by the traditional BIG bonfire. Gates open at 6pm with the display at 7.30pm. Admission £6 adults £4 for children under 14 (must be accompanied). Bar, bbq, candy floss, mulled wine, kids fun rides and glow novelties make this fun for the whole family. Tip: this is very popular so get there in plenty of time to avoid long queues. Street parking in nearby roads gets full quickly.
Slightly further afield but handy for Acton residents, Ravenscourt Park's community fireworks event is particularly family-friendly. This year it is also being held on Saturday 2nd November and the gates open at 6pm. A children's show commences at 7.15pm with the main display at 8pm. There will also be food stalls and funfair rides, promising a range of proper festivities throughout the evening. Tickets cost £7 on the day or £5 in advance from the Lyric theatre box office. Kids under 5 go free.
On Sunday 3rd November there will be a new event organised by The Perivale Festivals committee. The Perivale Music and Light Fireworks Festival will be held on Ealing Central Sports Ground opposite Perivale Station. Access from Horsenden Lane South and Scorton Avenue. Doors open 5pm with fire show at 7pm. Tickets £3 (under 2 free). Promises fireworks, food, bar, fire entertainer, olympic fire bikes and live music. For more information check http://www.nieora.com/perivale-festivals/
Many locals will be celebrating Diwali on 3rd November too so the skies over Ealing will be full of light!
For the traditionalists among local residents Trailfinders Sports Club are holding their Fireworks Display on Tuesday 5th November, starting at 7.30pm. Gates open at 6pm As well as the spectacular fireworks display there'll be a bar, hot dog stand, laser show, stilt walkers and fire eaters. Buy your tickets (Adults £6, kids under 14 £2) online https://kiosk.iristickets.co.uk/k?v=ealingrugby&item_type=103&general_event_event=Fireworks+Party
Also on Tuesday 5th November from 5.30 - 7pm is the annual Bangers and Sparklers party at St Barnabas Church in Pitshanger Lane. Tickets cost £4 adults and £2.50 for kids. Bonfire, sparklers, hot dogs and mulled wine on offer.
Anyone heading out of town for half term will be glad to know that some events are being held the following weekend.
The Park Club in Acton is holding their Fireworks Spectacular on Friday 8th November. Although mainly for members if you have friends going ask them to take you along - guests are welcome (at a cost) as long as they are accompanied by a card-carrying member of the club. Access is from 5.30pm and the fireworks start at 7.45pm. If you live locally but don't know any accommodating friends with membership it's worth remembering what time the display starts as the view from Acton Park itself is free although this year the location of the fireworks has changed within The Park Club itself so it might not be as good as last year.
The Brentham Club in Pitshanger is hosting their annual Fireworks Night on Saturday 9th November. Great fireworks in a great space with activities for kids and adults alike including beer & BBQ tents, Go Karts, kids disco, bouncy castle, beat the goalie, hunt the Guy Fawkes and lots of fun stalls for the little ones in the hall. Gates usually open at 5.00 pm with the firework display at 7.30 pm (TBC). Check on http://www.brenthamclub.co.uk for details.
If you are organising a fireworks display in the Ealing area (Acton, Ealing, Greenford, Hanwell, Northolt, Park Royal, Perivale, Southall) this Bonfire Night submit details of your event to our listings free of charge.
Organised events are the safest and easiest way to enjoy a great fireworks display so stand well back and have fun!
If you do opt for entertaining the kids in the back garden with a few sparklers and some rockets, remember to stay safe with the fireworks code.
Remember it is an offence to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am but on Bonfire Night this is extended until midnight. An exception is also made for Diwali celebrations on 3 November.