Taking the bother out of bonfire night, firework displays will be lighting up the skies across the county, JAMIE ROSS finds out where you should be heading to make sure your evening goes with a bang.
ALONG with the pyrotechnics, there is a lot more entertainment to be found at this year’s events including stars of Britain's Got Talent at the rugby ground and vintage engines at a Bretforton pub.
A Worcester primary school has opted for a musical display while a city museum is offering a more peaceful no fireworks bonfire party.
Funfairs feature at several venues and a range of refreshments will also be on offer.
PERSHORE NAVAL SOCIAL CLUB
Sunday, November 3 – Pershore Annual Firework Display
Pershore and District Royal Naval Association will once again be providing Pershore's firework display. Gates open at 5.30pm, there will be a pig roast and the fireworks will be let off by Stephen Parsons in King George's Playing Fields at 6.30pm. RNA Stewards will be collecting donations towards next year's event.
THE CROSS KEYS, BELMONT ROAD, MALVERN
Tuesday, November 5 – Firework Display
The venue hosts its annual spectacular with music and lighting. All welcome. From 7.30pm. For more information, call 01684 572945.
HOLLAND HOUSE, MAIN STREET, CROPTHORNE, NEAR PERSHORE
Tuesday, November 5 - Sausage and Sparklers
Bring the family for sausage and sparklers and an intimate fireworks display. Toffee apples, soup and other refreshments will also be available. Price includes sausage in a bun and a sparkler, pre-booking appreciated. 6pm to 8pm. For more information or to book tickets, call 01386 860330.
AVONCROFT MUSEUM OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS, STOKE HEATH, BROMSGROVE
Tuesday, November 5 - No Bangs Bonfire Night
Guaranteed no fireworks, sparklers only, at Avoncroft’s traditional bonfire party. Ideal for younger visitors or those who don’t like loud bangs. Guy Fawkes will be on hand to tell the story of the Gunpowder Plot and Sir Richard Walsh, Commander of the Worcestershire Militia, will be making sure that there are no Gunpowder Plotters lurking in the audience! Traditional music, hot dogs and hot soup will be available. Tickets include a free cup of hot chocolate. Tickets cost £4, or £2 for members. Gates open 6.30pm, bonfire lit at 7pm
RED HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL, MIDHURST CLOSE, WORCESTER
Friday, November 8 - Musical Fireworks Extravaganza
The Friends of Red Hill Primary school will hold its annual Musical Fireworks Extravaganza offering a fun evening of family entertainment. Musical fireworks display at 7pm, as well as a BBQ, bar, toffee apples and light sticks. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3.50 for children on the night. Advance tickets are available from the school office at discounted rates. Gates open 6pm.
KING'S HAWFORD, WORCESTER
Friday, November 8 - Bonfire Night
Featuring a huge bonfire with Guys made by the children of Hawford and a fabulous firework display all accompanied by mulled wine, pig roast, hot dogs and other refreshments. Gates open at 6pm, bonfire lighting at 6.30pm and fireworks from 7.15pm. Call 01905 721700 to book tickets.
COLWALL CE PRIMARY SCHOOL, COLWALL
Saturday, November 9 – Family Friendly Firework Spectacular
There will be two fantastic firework displays. The event is a safe family evening out run by the Friends of the School with plenty of traditional warming refreshments, hot food and bar. There will be a hog roast and BBQ with vegetarian options available. Tickets cost £6 for adults, £3 for children, pre-school children are free, and all money raised goes to benefit the pupils at the school. Tickets are available on the gate or in advance from the School, the Colwall Coffee Lounge and John Goodwin’s Colwall office. From 5pm. Call 01684 540532 for further details.
WEST MIDLAND SAFARI PARK, BEWDLEY
Saturday, November 9 - Firework Festival 2013
Spectacular fireworks and bonfire, late-night rides, safari illuminations and themed music to bring the party alive. Plus Mark O’Shea’s Reptile World, Twilight Cave, SeaQuarium, Creepy Crawlies, a sea lion show and a range of refreshments including a hog roast, bar, and disco in Tree Tops pavilion. Gates and rides open 2pm, bonfire lit 6.30pm, last admission 7pm, fireworks begin 7.15pm, park closes 10pm. Discounts available for advanced bookings. For more information, visit wmsp.co.uk.