Lots of choice for bonfire and firework displays in and around Surrey Heath

Yep, it’s soon the time of year for whizz-bangs, rockets, sparklers, starbursts ……. and so on. As this year November 5th falls on Wednesday, it’s possible to enjoy bonfires and firework displays the weekend before, during the week, and the weekend after.

I’ll restrict the list of where to go to Surrey Heath and it’s near neighbours. We’ve been to the firework displays in Mytchett, and at the NRA in Bisley, though most often to our local firework night is in Lightwater, though West End’s looks an attractive event this year. [Click on links to find out more]

  • FireworksSaturday 25th October, Chobham: Chobham fireworks and Halloween extravaganza from 6.30pm to 9.0pm at Chobham Rugby Club, Windsor Road. Costume judging from 7.0pm during the lighting of the bonfire. Fireworks begin at 8.0pm. Tickets on the gate, adults £6, children £4.
  • Saturday 1st November, Aldershot: Rushmoor Fireworks Spectacular with funfair, food and live entertainment at Manor Park in Aldershot. Gates open at 5.30pm, main display starts at 8.0pm. Adults £7, children £3, or £6 and £2 in advance.
  • Saturday 1st November, Bisley: 1st Bisley Scouts Bonfire and Firework Display on Bisley Village Green. Bonfire lit at 6.30pm, firework display starts at 7.0pm. Burgers, hot dogs, sweets and glow-sticks. Adult £3, children £2, or £10 per family. No sparklers allowed.
  • Saturday 1st November, Knaphill: 1st Knaphill Scouts Bonfire & Fireworks at the Vyne Field, Redding Way, Knaphill. Gates open 18:00, Fireworks start 19:30. Funfair, food and hot drinks.
  • Sunday 2nd November, Mytchett: Firework display and funfair at the Mytchett Community Centre. Gates open at 5.0pm. Fireworks start at 7.30pm. Adults £4, under 16 £2, under 5 free.
  • Friday 7th November, West End: Bonfire, firework display, BBQ, and mulled wine at Holy Trinity Primary School, Benner Lane, West End. Gates open at 5.30pm, bonfire lit at 6.30pm, and fireworks at 7.15pm. Tickets: adults £4.50, children £3, pre-schoolers £1.
  • Saturday 8th November, Frimley: Fireworks Spectacular on Ravenscote School field in Old Bisley Road. Gates will open at 6.0pm. Display at 7.0pm. Tickets £6 on the gate or £4 in advance. Children under 4 free.
  • Saturday 8th November, Lightwater: 1st Lightwater Scouts Bonfire and Firework spectacular, with BBQ and music at the Recreation Ground, Broadway Road. Gates open & BBQ 6.00 pm. Bonfire Lit 7.00 pm. Firework at 7.30pm. Adults & Children £5, Senior Citizens £3. Family Ticket £15 (maximum 5) – under 5s Free. No alcohol or sparklers allowed.
  • Sunday 9th November, Farnborough: Farnborough Football Club ground at Cherrywood Road. Funfair from 3.30pm, Gates open 5.30pm, Display at 7.0pm. Adults £4, Under 16 £2, Under 4 free.

Match, taper or torch not required

I’m taking you back to Bonfire Night this year. The Mayor was invited to light the bonfire at Mytchett Community Centre’s Bonfire Party. Apart from childhood back garden bonfires, I’ve never had the pleasure of lighting a really big bonfire, and so was delighted to have the invitation. My expectation of fun to come was high.

Firstly, I must say that the whole evening was lots of fun, great bonfire, truly excellent fireworks, and top quality burger and chips – oh, and the tea was good too.

However, there was a tinge of disappointment, when I found out that the lighting of the bonfire was not to be match, taper, or torch, but remotely by pressing a button. The photo shows the control box, and at the appointed time, I pressed the red button. This sent an electrical signal to the heart of the bonfire igniting two flares, which lit the bonfire. It also set off some fireworks to announce the bonfire lighting.

I wasn’t too disappointed, as I’d still been the one who lit the bonfire.

The fireworks were very good, and I’d thought they’d be on for half an hour or more. When I chatted to the man in charge of the fireworks he said,

“No, they didn’t last as long as 30 minutes. They lasted for 19 minutes. All of our firework displays last for 19 minutes, as any longer than that people get bored.”

How interesting. I think it must be a truism that human attention span is no longer than 19 minutes. This fact has entered my brain and will now, possibly boringly, be part of my regular conversation.