Bonfire Night is coming up next week, and there’s a whole host of events taking place all over the county that you can go to. We’ve rounded up a few free displays that you can visit.
If you live in Clacton or fancy a day by the seaside, Clacton Pier hosts free firework displays throughout the year, including on Saturday 4 November. Be sure to wrap up warm with the cooler coastal weather and find a spot on the beach to watch the show.
Waldegraves Holiday Park on Mersea Island, just outside of Colchester has fireworks display on Saturday 4 November. Parking is £5 and they only accept cash, with all money going to local charities. There isn’t any additional cost to see the display. They’ll have live music, hot food and drinks, and rides for children. You can find out more information on their Facebook event.
The Dog & Pickle in Ongar is hosting their annual fireworks display on Sunday 5 November, with free entry from 4.30pm. They’ll have a garden bar and live music, so make sure you get there early to secure a picnic bench in the pub garden for a good viewing spot.
There are several other displays around the county that are gratefully accepting donations to watch their fireworks and there isn’t a set entry free. This includes the Hatfield Peverel Cricket Club, the Saffron Walden Round Table’s charity display and Harlow Council’s annual event with free admission.
We’d encourage you to attend an organised event this Bonfire Night as safety measures will be in place, and most gardens will be too small to safely host your own event. Essex Tourist Guide has compiled a more detailed list of other events taking place in the coming weeks.
For pet owners, Bonfire Night can be a worrying time. Dogs Trust has guidance and support on what to do if your dog is fearful of fireworks and Cats Protection has information for cat owners and how to keep your pet safe, and as calm as possible.
Staying safe across the weekend ensures that everyone can have a good time. Essex Fire and Rescue Service have a dedicated page on their website that tells you how to keep yourself and others safe during Bonfire Night.