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15 banging fireworks nights

Remember, remember the 5th of November! Any excuse for a party, we say. Wrap up and bring the oohs and ahhs to Berkshire's best fireworks displays.

Remember, remember it’s nearly December – and there’s A-LOT going on. First up,t kids half term (still?), then Halloween, followed by Bonfire Night. Let’s not mention the C word, but we all know that’s looming large. Anyhoo, your social life’s about to go off like a rocket. We thought you might like to get organised, so here are Berkshire’s biggest and best organised fireworks displays.


Spookfest & Sparkle, Royal Windsor Racecourse

WHEN: Sat 3 Nov

TIME: Gates 4pm, fireworks 6.30pm; Ghostbusters screening 7.30pm

THE DEETS: It doesn’t get much bigger than this. Windsor’s epic display – courtesy of British Fireworks Championship double award-winners Fantastic Fireworks – is set to music from spooktacular movies like The Addams Family, Ghostbusters, Scooby Doo and Psycho. But it doesn’t end there, once you’ve been wowed by the fireworks display, you can head over to the drive-in outdoor cinema to watch the original 1984 Ghostbusters. Howe cool is that? Book up, it’ll be a sell out.


Fireworks as Dusshera Festival, Rivermead Leisure Complex Reading

WHEN: Sat 20 Oct

TIME: Gates open 4pm

THE DEETS: The first organised fireworks to blast into the night sky comes courtesy of the this year’s Dussehra Dandiya Festival. This Hindu celebration of good over evil and Dussehra Dandiya is the ‘day of victory’. A colourful, vibrant party there will be big fireworks, a buirngin Ravan effigy and food in abundance. Sounds fun, non? Book here


Bricktacular Fireworks , Legoland Windsor

WHEN: 21, 26, 27 Oct and 2 Nov

TIME: Gates 7pm on Sat  20, Sun 21, Fri 26 and Sat 27 October; 6pm on Fri 2 Nov

THE DEETS: After a day at the Brick or Treat, don’t miss Legoland Windsor’s infamous fireworks display. Some of the best oohs and ahhh come from this show with an added special twist – exploding LEGO bricks! Kinda. I won’t spoil the surprise, but it’s safer to say its will blow your kids’ minds. It’s all set to music, which I love.


Wokingham Fireworks Spectacular 2018, Cantley Park Wokingham

WHEN:  Sat 3 Nov

TIME: Gates open 6pm; fireworks 7.30pm.

THE DEETS: After 30 years, I think the good people of Wokingham know what they’re doing. And it’s properly old school with a torchlit procession from the town centre led by a brass band. Nothing says ‘get off my land’, like several thousand people carrying flaming torches. At the same time the funfair opens on Cantley Field for those who prefer more . This year the funfair promises to be even bigger than ever, with many rides for young children. The fireworks start at 7:30pm. Book here


Sparks In The Park, Swallowfield Park, Reading

WHEN: Sat 3 Nov

TIME: Gates open 6pm; fireworks 7.30pm

THE DEETS: Set in the stunning grounds of Swallowfield Park, this display will tick all the boxes – grade II listed building, huge bonfire, live music, hog roast, pizza, snacks and hot and cold drinks available. Tickets are on sale now.


Lions Fireworks Spectacular 2018, Newbury Racecourse

WHEN: Sat 10 Nov

TIME: Gates open 5.30pm, fireworks 7.30pm

THE DEETS: If you live in the Newbury area, chance are you’ll be heading here on the 10th. The Lions Club have been putting on this display for donkeys years. A display set to music, bar, funfair, food, face painting, entertainment and free parking (dull but useful fact). Prices on the gate £7 for adults, £5 for children. It’s a £1 cheaper if you advance book.


Wellington College Charity Fireworks 2018, Crowthorne

WHEN: Sat 3 Nov

TIME: 6pm-8.30pm

THE DEETS: Wellington College’s spectacular grounds provide the backdrop to this awesome musical fireworks display. It’s hot hot hot. No, literally. The bonfire is huuuuge, poor Guy gets torched and there are street and fire entertainers to wow the family. You’ll find there plenty of food and drink stalls, glowy toys and sweets available. What could possibly go wrong?


Family Fireworks Spectacular, Ascot Racecourse

WHEN: Sat 3 Nov

TIME: Gate opens 10.45pm; fireworks 6.15pm

THE DEETS: Why not make a day of it? Ascot Racecourse is offering a full day of National Hunt racing, white knuckle fun fair rides and gentler ones for littlies (free until 4pm, then £1 per ride), they’ll also be showing The Greatest Showman in the Ascot Pavillion, finishing with an enormous fireworks display. Under 18s go free and all proceeds go to local charities. Talk about bang for your buck. Fnar.


Upton Court Park Fireworks, Slough

WHEN: Sat 3 Nov

TIME: Gates open at 5.30pm; fireworks 7.45pm

THE DEETS: A celebration to mutli-cultural Britain, the Upton Park firework fiesta has a mahoosive fun fair, 60ft bonfire, 20mins of banging fireworks and a delicious display of international street food. British bangers in a bun are something of a tradition in our house, but I’m well up for trying something new.


Chieveley Fireworks, Chieveley Recreation Ground

WHEN: Mon 5 Nov

TIME: Gates open 6.15pm; fireworks 7.45pm

I’ve been to this display many times and it’s got a wonderfully traditional vibe. These guys know how to please a crowd after 50 years celebrating bonfire night. This year they will be a Guy competition, torch lit procession and an awesome the pretty sparkly numbers lighting up the night sky. Make sure you sample the goods too, there’s a special 2018 50th fireworks beer brewed by Indigenous, plus all the burgers sausages, buns are made in the village.


Round Table Fireworks 2018, King George’s Recreation Ground Twyford

WHEN: Sat 27 Oct

TIME: Gates open 7pm

THE DEETS: One for all you early birders, bonfire night in Twyford is happening before we’ve even got to Halloween. We’ll let them off, just means you can squeeze another one in later on. This musical display is themed to celebrate the RAF 100 centenary, expect a the usual ooo and ahhh with fireworks, music, lights Pelham’s funfair, BBQ and the all-important a drinks tent. Book here


Boyn Hill Cricket Club Fireworks Display, Maidenhead

WHEN: Sat 3 Nov

TIME: Gate opens 1pm; fireworks 7.30pm

THE DEETS: The intoxicating mix of diesel, explosives, fired onions and candy floss. It’s a seasonal mash up of fun fair and fireworks. Experience sensory overload with the infamous Carters Steam Fair and a night of bright lights and bangs. Entry is free before 5pm.


Pangbourne Fireworks Fiesta 2018, Pangbourne Primary School

WHEN: Sat 3 Nov

TIME: Gates open 5.30pm; fireworks 7pm

THE DEETS: A favourite with the good peeps local to Pangbourne, there will be a 20-minute display, huge bonfire, BBQ, West Berkshire Brewery beers, hot drinks and live music. It’s all to raise for the children, so how can you possibly say no.


Sonning Pyromusical Spectacular, Reading Blue Coat School Sonning

WHEN: Thu 1 Nov

TIME: 7.30pm

THE DEETS: If you’ve not seen the stonking grounds of Reading Blue Coat School, now’s your chance. The highly-respected Sonning Fireworks will be in charge of the pyrotechnics times to perfection to accompany a classical music soundtrack. My spies tell me it is pretty epic. For more information, click here.


Thameside Firework Extravaganza, Mapledurham Lock Purley On Thames

WHEN: Sun 4 Nov

TIME: Gates open 5.30pm; fireworks 7pm

THE DEETS: We’re pretty lucky to have the River Thames running through Berkshire, so a riverside fireworks fiesta is guaranteed tot be pretty special. The organisers have promised a boomtastic display, delicious hot food, music and a bar… but the river will steal the show for sure. Proceeds do to supporting the children at Purley Primary School. Top tip: arrive early to avoid the rush. You want to nab the best viewing point.

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