Extravagant Fireworks Displays
The evenings are drawing in and the darker nights can only mean one thing. FIREWORKS! With a whizz, pop, bang Muddy lays out the fanciest flashbangs in the whole two counties.
HMS Sultan Fireworks Night, Gosport, Thu 25 Oct, doors open at 6pm, display at 8pm
Run by the Royal Navy, HMS Sultan’s annual fireworks can promise two things – it will be on-time with that military efficiency and because they have access to firepower, you know they are going to have some HUGE explosions.
There’s a huge range of entertainers, firebreathers (and I’d imagine a handsome sailor or two… oooh errr), plus food, rides and more. Tickets: £5 for adults, £4 for children under 14, £15 for a family ticket. royalnavy.mod.uk
Beaulieu Fireworks, Brockenhurst, Sat 27 Oct, doors open at 3pm, display starts at 7:30pm
Boasting one of the largest firework displays on the whole south coast Beaulieu is known for putting on a pretty dazzling show. Not only will you be utterly enthralled by the pyrotechnics but the whole thing is 80s themed – YES!
Before the show starts make yourself dizzy on the vintage fairground rides before indulging in the spectacular light show, complete with its backcombed beaut of a song list. Ticket cost: £13.50 for adults, £8.75 for children, £38 for a family ticket. beaulieu.co.uk
Ageas Bowl, Southampton, Fri 2 Nov, doors open at 6pm, display at 7:30pm
Howzat? The home of Hampshire cricket is ready to get into the bonfire spirit with their cracking fireworks hosted by Heart Radio. There will be an on-site funfair filled with rides, refreshments, plus it’s a good excuse to have a nosey around the stadium too. Tickets: £10 for adults, £7 for children and free for under 5s. ageasbowl.com
Alresford Rotary Fireworks, Alresford, Fri 2 Nov, doors open 6:45pm, display at 7pm
Alresford Rotary is hosting its very own local display so there’s no need to schlep to one of the bigger towns or cities in the county to get your sparkler-fix.
With local traders and the promise of ‘flaming torches’ (sounds interesting?), this has all the elements of a brilliant, family-friendly firework night in the countryside. Tickets: £8 for adults, £5 for children. alresfordrotary.co.uk
Winchester Fireworks, Sat 3 Nov, doors open at 6pm, display at 7:45pm
With over 60 years under its belt, the firework bonanza at Winchester is known as one of the best in the county. All proceeds go towards helping charitable causes and there’s a torchlit procession to kick everything off.
There’s even a premium ticket to be had for £35 which includes an unlimited open bar (my kinda firework party), plus entrance to a weatherproof marquee with an excellent view of the bonfire. If you’d prefer to go a bit more traditional it’s £3.50 a ticket. winchesterbonfire.co.uk
Sandown Fireworks, Isle of Wight, Sat 3 Nov, doors open at 4pm, display to be announced on the day
This is the Isle of Wight’s biggest display and is coordinated at the end of the beautiful Sandown Pier. The whole island gets involves with entertainment up and down the promenade, and only added to by the nostalgic vibe of the town.
The display is totally free of charge, but donations are accepted and help to arrange and pay for a range of events during the year, including the Sandown Carnival. Sandown Fireworks Facebook Page
Andover Golf Club Fireworks, Sun 4 Nov, doors open 5pm, display at 7pm
Andover’s very own firework night is the closest to the day itself and is by all accounts worth the visit. Situated at the local golf course, this has all the hallmarks of a good ol’ British bonfire night, complete with hot dogs, glowsticks and a family-friendly vibe. Tickets: £6 per person, £20 for a family ticket. Andover Golf Club Fireworks Facebook Page
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Thu 8 Nov, doors open at 6pm, display time announced on the day
The crew at Gunwharf are ready to wow us with their fantastic annual show over Portsmouth Harbour. And with the added temptation of getting some of your Christmas shopping done (the shops are open till 9pm) it’s a pretty enticing night.
The fireworks at Gunwharf have fast become a highlight of Portsmouth’s calendar and with special guest appearances and the unique backdrop over the Solent. Money raised by the evening will be donated to Banardo’s Children’s Charity but the event itself is free.