Your guide to Bonfire Night 2016

With only a few days to go until Bonfire Night 2016 we’ve created a useful guide for you, which provides details of local organised fireworks displays, alongside safety tips for enjoying fireworks safely at home.

Organised Fireworks Displays:

As Bonfire Night falls on a Saturday this year, there’s a number of organised events which are taking place. Details of which we have provided below.

Redcar Rugby Union Football Club, Friday 4th November

Location – Mackinlay Park, Green Lane, Redcar

Time – 6.30pm

Admission Charge – Adults £3, Concessions £1.50, Family ticket £7.

Redcar Rugby Club’s annual fireworks night is back with a bang and a superhero theme. Gates open at 6.30pm and this year’s event will feature fairground rides, music, food and drink.

Word of warning, there will be NO on-site parking so please plan your travel arrangements in advance.


Barnard Castle Meet, Friday 4th November

Location – Streatlam Farm

Time – 5pm

Admission Charge – Adults £5, Children £3, Family ticket £14

Barnard Castle Meet and NES Pyro are coming together to create a fantastic new Bonfire Spectacular for this year’s annual event.

The gates open at 5pm and the official celebrations are to start at 7pm, with fireworks, fairground rides and food & drink. Plus an amazing Viking longboat will be going up in a fury flames.

For information about parking and shuttle buses go to:


Stockton Riverside, Saturday 5th November

Location – Stockton Riverside

Time – 6pm

Admission Charge – Free

Lighting up the skies of Stockton-on-Tees once again, the annual Stockton Riverside fireworks display returns for what’s expected to be another fantastic year.

BBC Tees will kick-off the evening at 6pm with music performances and special guests, followed by the phenomenal fireworks display which will start at 7.30pm. This year’s display will see Stockton’s riverside lit up with a theme based on “Lost Legends”, celebrating the lives of music and screen legends who we’ve lost over the past 12 months. Adding to the family-fun, there will also be a fun fair and food stalls, guaranteeing there’s something for everyone.

We’re predicting this event to be extremely busy like previous years, so make sure you plan your journey in advance and take note of local road closures. Full details of road and car park closures can be found here:


Acklam Rugby Club, Saturday 5th November

Location – Saltersgill Avenue off Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough

Time – 6pm

Admission Charge – Adults £5, Children £3, Family ticket £10. Tickets can be purchased in advance up until 5pm on Saturday by calling 07519733539. Tickets can also be purchased on the gate on the night (cash only).

Acklam Rugby Club are holding their annual Bonfire Night event on Saturday 5th November. Starting at 6pm, the family orientated event will feature a bonfire at 7.30pm and fireworks display starting at 8pm. Food and refreshments will be available to purchase alongside sparklers.


Skinningrove, Saturday 5th November

Location – Skinningrove Village, used postcode TS13 4BJ

Time – 7pm

Admission Charge – Free but donations are encouraged

Skinningrove Bonfire returns for 2016. Held on the sea front, the fireworks will start at 7pm with the bonfire being lit shortly afterwards at 7.30pm. Hot food and refreshments are available at KasKane, the fish and chip shop and the community centre.

For more information and parking details please go to:


Hartlepool Fireworks and Music Spectacular, Saturday 5th November

Location – Seaton Carew Clock Tower

Time – 4pm

Admission Charge – Free

Hartlepool Fireworks returns for another spectacular event, with a sci-fi theme for this year’s extravagant display. Alongside the fireworks there will be a funfair, music from Red Dreams Music Charity and a special entertainment area, ensuring fun for all the family.

Fireworks start at 6.30pm and between 6.15pm to 7.15pm there will be no vehicle movement along The Front between Elizabeth Way and Station Lane junctions.

Marton Cricket Club, Saturday 5th November

Location – Stokesley Road, Marton, Middlesbrough

Time – 5.30pm

Admission Charge – Adults £5, Under 16s £3, Family ticket £10. Tickets can be purchased now from the club.

This Bonfire Night will see Marton Cricket Club hold their first ever fireworks display and tickets are selling fast! The bar opens at 5.30pm where food and refreshments will be available, and this is to be followed by an outstanding fireworks display which is due to start at 7.30pm.


Middlesbrough Rugby Club, Saturday 5th November

Location – Green Lane, Middlesbrough

Time – 6.30pm

Admission Charge – Adults £5, Children £3

The bonfire is back! Middlesbrough Rugby Club’s annual bonfire and fireworks display is back. Having missed the event last year due to cables in the club’s new floodlights, the club’s fireworks display returns with a spectacular show planned.

Hot food, drinks and sweets will be available to purchase on the night, and it all kicks off at 6.30pm.


Bedale Community Bonfire and Fireworks, Saturday 5th November

Location – Bedale Hall Park

Time – 5pm

Admission Charge – Free

Remember, remember the 5th of November at Bedale Hall Park with a bonfire and fireworks display. All the fun starts from 5pm, with the bonfire to be lit at 6.15pm and fireworks starting at 7pm.

Food and drink is available to purchase from the start, and if it’s anything like last year it should be a brilliant night for all the family.

Newton Aycliffe Firework Display, Saturday 5th November

Location – Oakleaf Sports Centre Complex, Newton Aycliffe

Time – 5.30pm

Admission Charge – Free

For local residents, Great Aycliffe Town Council are holding their annual fireworks display at the Oakleaf Sports Centre Complex.

To be eligible to attend the event you must reside in the Parish of Great Aycliffe and supply proof of your address with a utility bill or driving licence to acquire your event wristband. If do not have a wristband you will not be granted entry on the night. Wristbands can be collected from the Oak Leaf Sports Complex until Thursday 3rd November 2016.

The festivities start at 5.30pm with the kiddies fairground, followed by the beacon lighting at 7pm and main attraction the fireworks display at 7.15pm.


Northallerton Bonfire and Fireworks Display, Saturday 5th November

Location – Applegarth Park, Northallerton

Time – 5pm

Admission Charge – Free

Organised by the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service on behalf of Northallerton Town Council, this free entry event welcomes donations on the night.

The fun starts at 5pm with entertainment from Star Radio, hosted by Tim Lichfield. Whilst waiting for the bonfire to be lit at 7pm and the fireworks to begin at 7.30pm, you can treat the family to some tasty snacks. Food and drinks stalls will be a plenty as will traditional fairground attractions to please all of the family.

The area’s biggest free fireworks display is sure to deliver an outstanding event for all of the family, making a night to remember.


Darlington RA Fireworks, Sunday 6th November

Location – Darlington Railway Athletic Sports & Social Club, Brinkburn Road, Darlington

Time – 6pm

Admission Charge – £2

For a local fireworks display in Darlington, head to Darlington Railway Athletic Sports & Social Club for their fireworks spectacular show. Doors open at 6pm, but the fireworks display is planned to start at approximately 7.20pm.

Fireworks Safety Tips:

If an organised event isn’t for you and you’ve decided to have some fireworks at home, please make safety your priority. Having fireworks at home can be extremely fun for all the family as long as they’re used safely.

Follow the Firework Code to make sure everyone stays safe this Bonfire Night.

  1. Plan your firework display.
  2. Keep your fireworks in a closed box.
  3. Use only one firework at a time.
  4. Read the instructions carefully on each firework, as instructions may vary.
  5. Light the firework at arm’s length using a taper.
  6. Once lit, stand well back from the firework.
  7. Do not return to a lit firework if it has not gone off.
  8. Do not throw fireworks.
  9. Direct rocket fireworks away from spectators and not in the line of any trees.
  10. Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire and keep naked flames away from fireworks.

On the night the following items are essential for setting off fireworks carefully:

  1. Torch
  2. Bucket of water
  3. Eye protection
  4. Gloves
  5. Bucket of soft earth
  6. Supports for Catherine wheels or rockets


When it comes to Bonfire Night, take precautions to make sure your pet is safe, relaxed and comfortable.

  1. Keep your pets indoors. Don’t forget about those animals which normally live outside like rabbits and guinea pigs, bring them inside too.
  2. Although they may still be able to hear them, the TV or music will help drown out the sound of the sudden bangs.
  3. Minimise the flashing lights in the sky by keeping the curtains closed and the lights on.
  4. Create a distraction, toys and treats are a great way of keep your pet entertained and unaware of what’s going on around them.
  5. Remain normal! If you jump, they’ll jump. Act like you would normally with your pets and they won’t suspect a thing.

So whether you’re going to watch a local organised fireworks display, are staying at home to create your own display or still haven’t quite decided what you’re doing, make sure you stay safe this Bonfire Night.

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