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Sparkling events for bonfire season

If you're looking for sparkling ideas for Bonfire Night weekend, Wirral has plenty going on, including the council's ever-popular FREE community firework displays.

Community Firework Displays

This year the community firework displays will take place over the weekend of Bonfire Night.

The following will take place on Saturday, November 4, from 6.15pm:

  • Central Park, Liscard Road, Wallasey.
  • Birkenhead Park, Park Drive, Birkehead.
  • Mayer Park, Church Road, Bebington.
  • Lingham Park, Edgehill Road, Moreton.
  • Mersey Park, Tranmere.
  • Woodchurch Leisure Centre, Carr Bridge Road, Woodchurch.

The following display will take place on Sunday, November 5, from 6.15pm:

  • Leasowe Adventure Playground, Twickenham Drive, Leasowe.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

River Of Light

The second River of Light display will take place on the River Mersey on the evening of Sunday, November 5, with prime vantage points on the Wirral waterfront for this free spectacle. 

Spectators are advised to head for New Brighton to make the most of activities and grab the best vantage points.

Pre-show fun begins around 4pm in New Brighton, with family entertainment, activities, food and drink, plus performances from Bring The Fire and Katumba. There will also be illuminated street dance and UV face painting.

You might  however want to make the most of the day by getting down early; there's lots to do in earlier in the day in New Brighton:

  • Take in a film at The Light Cinema 
  • Bubbles World of Play  is open between 9.30am and 6pm seven days a week.
  • Some restaurants and bars have extended their opening hours and published promotional offers (but don't forget to book in advance!)
  • The Floral Pavilion will be open to the public and serving their usual range of food and drink

Please use public transport where you can as, apart from the usual parking, there will be no additional car parking provided. Merseyrail will be running as per usual, but with additional carriages. 

The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 6.30pm and will be set off from the water's edge and aboard barges in the Mersey. There will be a soundtrack from key areas and venues along the waterfront

Fireworks Cruise - Mersey Ferries

You'll have a ringside seat for River of Light on Sunday, November 5, aboard Mersey Ferry. A two hour cruise leaving Woodside at 5pm will feature live entertainment* with music from Cal Mac, returning at 7pm.

There will be a licensed bar and refreshments to buy.

Tickets for adults are £20; children (3-15) £12.50; infants (0-2) go free.

*Live entertainment is on the upper deck of the ferry which is accessible by stairs only. There is no car parking available at Pier Head or Woodside. Mersey Ferries reserve the right to change the music artist. Further details from Mersey Ferries.

Hoylake Sailing Club: Bonfire On The Beach

Hoylake Sailing Club's 'Bonfire On The Beach' takes place on Friday, November 3, from 6pm-8.30pm, on Hoylake Shore, opposite Hoylake Sailing Club. This popular Bonfire & Firework Display has been running for more than 10 years. Admission is FREE and a collection is taken in aid of Hoylake RNLI. Refreshments available.

Sparks in the Park 

Prenton Park, home of Tranmere Rovers FC, will be the venue for a firework display on Sunday 29th October 2017. Gates open from 5.30pm, and fireworks start at 7pm. Tickets are £5 with proceeds going to local good causes.

Remember to put safety first!

It's always better and safer to attend an organised display instead of holding one of your own; all too often, the majority of accidents that occur during bonfire season do so at private parties. You also don't have the huge expense of shelling out for fireworks.

However, if you are staying at home, please read the following advice from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.

  • Take extra care if your kids want to wear fancy dress costumes over Halloween or Bonfire Weekend - keep any costumes away from open flames, candles and fires.
  • Let your neighbours know you’re having a bonfire party beforehand so they can make arrangements if they need to
  • Only burn dry material, as anything that is wet or damp will cause more smoke
  • Build your bonfire well away from buildings, sheds, fences or trees.
  • Don’t use petrol or paraffin to start a fire - it can get out of control quickly.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fire and ensure no fireworks are thrown in to it.
  • Keep pets indoors where possible – most of them are frightened by fireworks
  • Don’t burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint as these can produce toxic fumes and may explode, causing injury.
  • Wheelie bins are easy targets over the bonfire period - only put them out on the day of collection and bring them back in immediately.
  • Where possible, wheelie bins should be locked away and stored at a good distance from windows and doors. 

For home fire safety advice or arson prevention advice call Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958 or visit www.merseyfire.gov.uk

Here's Merseyside Police's advice around enjoying a safe bonfire season here