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Where to watch fireworks in and around Saffron Walden, Newport, Dunmow and Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 06:00 29 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:53 02 November 2015

The fireworks night in Saffron Walden.

The fireworks night in Saffron Walden.


It was 410 years ago when a plot was hatched to kill King James I. Four centuries later we still celebrate the foiling of the gunpowder plot with fireworks and bonfires.
Here is a round-up of this year’s events.

The fireworks night in Saffron Walden.The fireworks night in Saffron Walden.

Saffron Walden

People are being challenged to create a Guy worth burning ahead of the fireworks display on Saturday, November 7.

The Saffron Walden Round Table is hosting the free event, which includes the competition for schools and community groups to create a Guy, of any theme.

Entries must be dropped off at the Common between 8am and 1pm on Saturday. The winner will be announced at 6.30pm, with a £150 voucher to spend at Landmark Office as the prize.

The fireworks night in Saffron Walden.The fireworks night in Saffron Walden.

The night kicks off at 6pm, with a fun fair and food and drink stalls. Then at 7pm, the sky will come alive with light and sound.


Aptly-named The Accelerants will perform before the main event on Saturday, November 7.

Gates open at 5.45pm for the village event, in the field behind Linton Infants School, with the judging of rock star-themed Guys shortly after.

The fireworks night in Saffron Walden.The fireworks night in Saffron Walden.

The bonfire will be lit at 6pm and there will be food and drink stalls on hand to keep visitors refreshed. There will also be glow toys on sale.

The Accelerants will begin their set at 6.15pm and the fireworks start at 7pm.

Proceeds from the evening will be split between the PTA groups at Linton Infants, Linton Heights Junior and Linton Village College.

Advance tickets are £10 for family of five – two adults, three children – and £4 for an individual from Linton schools, Sweet Talk News and the post office.

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Tickets are also available online at On the gate, family tickets are £12 and individuals £5.


Essex Pyrotechnics will be providing the fireworks for this year’s show.

On Saturday, November 7, the 1st Whittlesford and Duxford Scout Group is hosting the evening at Hinxton Road, by the level crossing.

There will be a huge bonfire, a barbecue, cakes, rinks, mulled wine and glow products.

Gates open at 5pm and close at 6.15pm. The bonfire will be lit at 5.30pm and the main event starts at 6.15pm.

Tickets from Duxford, Ickleton and Whittlesford shops. Adults £3.50, children £2 or family £10.

On the gate tickets are adults £4, children £2.50 or £12 for family. Pre-school children free.


The loudest fireworks display in the county will be at Newport Recreation Ground on November 5.

This year’s theme is based on Star Wars and gates open at 6.30pm.

The main event kicks off at 7.30pm.

Tickets, from Saffron Walden Tourist Information, Newport Village Shop, White Horse and Coach and Horses, are £4 for adults, £3 for children 12 and under. Costs £1 per ticket on the gate.


Still going strong is the Midsummer Common fireworks display held on Bonfire Night (Thursday, November 5).

The free event, which attracts more than 25,000 people each year, also has the Thurston Fun Fair on site from the beginning at 6pm.

Fireworks start at 7.30pm and are followed by the lighting of the bonfire.


The village’s firework display kicks off at 6.30pm on Saturday, November 7.

Organisers will light the bonfire at 7pm before setting off the first firework at 7.30pm.

The event, at Elms Farm, Church Road, will have hot dogs, burgers and hot drinks.

Tickets are £10 for family of two adults, two children, £4 for adults and £2 for children.


Great Dunmow Round Table’s fireworks display on Saturday, November 7, will be accompanied by a soundtrack from Sound One Productions.

The organisers are hoping for another record breaking year, and building on from last year’s success, online tickets will be accepted at both gates, the bar has been improved and the barbecue features produce from Sweetlands and A J Coulson.

Tickets bought online before November 1 get a third discount, with families, of two adults and two children, pay £10, adults £4 and under 16s £2.

On the gates, families £16, adults £6 and under 16s £3.

Bishop’s Stortford

For the first time the rugby club’s fireworks event will take place on a Sunday.

Music from The Muggabees, a barbecue, a children’s fairground and a bar are lined up to make the November 8 event memorable.

Gates, at the rugby club, open at 4pm. Fireworks at 6.15pm.

Advance tickets, from, at £15 for families of two adults and two children, £5 for an adult and child £3.

On the gate, families £18, adults and children £8. Children under two go free.

Great Bardfield

Almost £2,000 worth of fireworks will form the centrepiece of this year’s village display.

The evening. at the Recreation Ground on Sunday, November 8, in Bendlowes Road, kicks off at 5.30pm with hot food and a licensed bar.

There will also be music provided by a DJ, as well as a bonfire to cap off the night. Adults tickets £5 and children free from Great Bardfield Co-op prior to the event, and £5 for adults and £2 for children on the night.


The Family Bonfire Night is on Sunday, November 8, and features a bonfire, barbecue, refreshments and bar.

Gates open at 4.30pm with fireworks starting at 6pm. Tickets £5 for adults, £2.50 child, family £13.


Thousands are expected at Felsted Primary School’s fireworks night on Friday, November 6.

There will also be several stalls, food, refreshments and funfair rides for children.

Gates open at 5.30pm, with fireworks at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 per person or £15 for family from the school’s office.


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