Where to go in Somerset and Dorset to get the best bangs for your bucks
The best firework displays to be found in and around Somerset and Dorset in 2021. From fireworks in fields to fireworks over the sea; some of them are ticketed, others are free.
Old Down Low Noise Fireworks, Sat 5 Nov, Old Down Country Park, Tockington
No bangs allowed. With the welfare of the animals living in the country park in mind, this is a 12-minute low noise firework display, with music, blazing bonfire, food and drink.
Gates open: 5pm with food and drink available from 5.30pm, bonfire at
6pm and fireworks at 6.30pm.
Tickets: Adults £9.50; kids £6.50; under 2s free; family (2 adults, 2 kids) £28.50; concessions £6.50. Country Park members get a 20% discount.
Magical Movie Fireworks, Bath Racecourse, Bath, Fri 5 Nov
A biggie, with fairground, assorted kids’ entertainment, massive bonfire and a 15-minute firework show accompanied by a movie musicals soundtrack. There’s a covered area in case of rain (as if?!).
Gates open: 5pm, with fireworks at 7.30pm.
Tickets: Advance (until 28 Oct): adult £7, child (4-12), under 3s free, family (2 aduts, 2 under 18s) £17. Roof top terrace with private bar prior to display, adults £17, child £12.
Guy Fawkes Fireworks & Bonfire, Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth, Fr 5 Nov
Children’s funfair on the forecourt, stalls on the seafront, children’s Guy Fawkes competition, lighting of the bonfire on the beach and a fireworks display over Weymouth Bay.
Starts: 4pm, bonfire at 7.40, fireworks at 8pm.
Downend Round Table Fireworks, King George V Playing Fields, Downend, Bristol, Fri 5 Nov
One of the area’s biggest events, now in its 50th year, has two firework displays: one for children (more visual effects than loud bangs) and the main display (some ear cracking whoppers). With pulled pork, burgers, candy floss, kids’ entertainment, Great Western Brewing in charge of the bar, and profits to local charities.
Gates open: 5.30pm; children’s display 6.30pm; main display 8pm.
Tickets: £7 16+; £5 3-15 years; family £20; VIP (includes blanket, drinks, snacks and a brolly).
Bonfire Night Fireworks on Poole Quay, Poole, Fri 5 Nov
Brilliant location for fireworks, the sparkles and stars reflected in the glass-like waters, with live music, family entertainment and activities.
Fun starts at 5pm with fireworks at 8pm, e live music, family entertainment and activities
Fireworks withMusic Spectacular, Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, Keynsham, Fri 5, Sat 6 & Sun 7 Nov
Does what is says on the tin: fabulous fireworks from world-class pyrotechnics and special effects Aardvark FX – plus Porter’s Kids World Funfair, food and licensed bar
Gates open: 5.30pm. Fireworks approx 7.30pm om Fri & Sat; 7pm on Sun.
Tickets: Must book in advance and tickets are selling fast. Car with up to 5 people £35. Pedestians £9.50.
Bruton Bonfire Night, Durslade Farm, Bruton, Sat 6 Nov
This one comes with live music, food from the fire and mulled cider supplied by the fab Roth Bar & Grill.
Gates open: 5pm, with fireworks at 6.30pm.
Tickets: £15, with free entry for under 15s accompanied by a paying adult.
Lyme Regis Fireworks and Bonfire Night, Sat 6 Nov
Timothée Chalamet and the rest of the Willy Wonka film crew make way for Lyme’s annual firework display over Lyme Bay, with The Cobb as a backdrop and followed by a huge bonfire on the beach.
Starts: fireworks 6.30pm.
Firework Extravaganza, Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, Sat 6 Nov
The traditional bonfire’s been replaced with a laser and light show before a 25-minute pyro-musical spectacular set against an atmospheric backdrop. Funfair, food, drink and bar.
Gates open: 4.30pm; laser show 7pm; fireworks 7.30pm.
Tickets: In advance (until 22 Oct) adult £8; kids (5-16), seniors £5; family £20 (2 adults, 1 kid). On the gate: adult £11; kids (5-16) £7.50; seniors £7.50; family £29.50 (2 adults, 1 child).
Bournemouth Biggest Bangs, Ringwood Raceway, Ringwood, Sat 6 Nov
Earplugs at the ready for a combo of dare devil banger racing (including a last car moving demolitian derby) and spectacular fireworks display.
Gates open: 12 noon, racing at 6pm, fireworks approx 8.40pm.
Tickets: Adults (14y+) £20, kids (11-13) £10, (5-10) £5, under 5s free.
Puxton Park, Hewish, nr Weston-super-Mare, Sat 6 Nov
Got Littlies? This one might be good for you with a special quiet fireworks display taking place before the bangin’ main show. With a hog roast and BBQ, fairground and the park’s myriad attractions – soft play, high ropes, bouncy pillow, Jurassic jeeps, and bumper boats – thrown in.
Starts: from 5pm. Fireworks at 6pm & 7pm.
Tickets: includes park admission and the two displays. You must pre-book. £10 each or 4 tickets for £36. Children under 2 go free.
Fireworks, Chard Rugby Ground, Chard, Sat 6 Nov
Whizzbang fireworks with food, drink and live music from the Seatrees.
Gates open: 6pm. Fireworks 7.30pm
Tickets: Adults £5, 6-16 £2, under 6s free.
Fireworks at Sea, Weston-super-Mare, Sat 13 Nov
Actually it’s the Bristol Channel but you get the best views from the Grand Pier, complete with funfair and Boardwalk restaurant. In aid of Weston Hospicecare.
Doors open: 6.30pm with display at 8.30pm.
Tickets: standard ticket £11.95 includes fireworks & unlimited fairground rides; gold ticket £17.95 all of the above plus nosh like fish and chips.