Firework displays in and around York

York Press: Bonfire nights are set to go with a bang Bonfire nights are set to go with a bang

FIREWORK displays are set to light up the sky this weekend as the region celebrates Guy Fawkes night on Saturday.

The Global Centre, in Boroughbridge Road, York, is promising a “spectacular” event for all the family.

The centre, which is based in the old Manor School building in York, will be open from 6pm on Saturday with the display beginning at 7.30pm. Admission for adults is £5, children £2 and parking is £2.

Meanwhile, Greenfields School & Community Garden in York will host a bonfire, between 5pm and 7pm. Entrance at Greenfields YO31 8LA, between Rose and Vyner Street. Entry is free and there will be food and stalls hosted by school staff and children. Visit edibleyork.org.uk/greenfields or email yorkgreenfields@gmail.com for more details.

All 3,250 tickets for the event at The York Maze at Elvington have been sold, say organisers.

Ryedale residents can enjoy a bonfire and fireworks display from 5.30pm on Saturday at the Brooklyn Youth Centre in Norton near Malton. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm with fireworks starting at 7.30pm. Entry is £5 for adults, £4 for children and under-fours go free.

In Selby there will be a community bonfire and display at Scott Road Community Centre, from 6.30pm. Money raised will go to the Marie Curie Nursing Service in Selby. Fireworks will be set off in two sets. The first at 7pm will be quieter fireworks and the second, at 7.30pm will have the “bangs and whistles” according to organisers.

In Harrogate, the town’s Round Table will host its 40th annual bonfire on The Stray, from 6.30pm.

Thirsk’s bonfire and fireworks display will be on fields in Newsham Road. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm with the fireworks following shortly after.

The Lord Mayor of York, Coun David Horton, will be celebrating Guy Fawkes Night this year with the residents of Thornton-le-Clay, whose bonfire and fireworks display will be raising funds for the Lord Mayor’s Charities.

The bonfire will be starting at 6pm, with fireworks from 6.30pm, at Low Street, Thornton-le-Clay. Entry to the bonfire will be £6 per person, with under 14s admitted free if accompanied by a paying adult.

Scarborough’s bonfire and firework display will be at Burniston Road car park. Bonfire lit 6.15pm, firework display 7.15pm.

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11:48am Tue 1 Nov 11

xtc says...

So what some of us have to work!
So what some of us have to work! xtc
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12:23pm Tue 1 Nov 11

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Great. The birthplace of Guy Fawkes, a population of 180,000 and York gets five local firework displays, each run by separate organisations. Even the Lord Mayor is having to travel 12 miles to go to one. When ARE we going to have an official (and reasonably central) firework display?
Great. The birthplace of Guy Fawkes, a population of 180,000 and York gets five local firework displays, each run by separate organisations. Even the Lord Mayor is having to travel 12 miles to go to one. When ARE we going to have an official (and reasonably central) firework display? Ignatius Lumpopo
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12:35pm Tue 1 Nov 11

jeffo59 says...

waste of money, sooner go for a pint...
waste of money, sooner go for a pint... jeffo59
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12:46pm Tue 1 Nov 11

Yorkie_1982 says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Great. The birthplace of Guy Fawkes, a population of 180,000 and York gets five local firework displays, each run by separate organisations. Even the Lord Mayor is having to travel 12 miles to go to one. When ARE we going to have an official (and reasonably central) firework display?
completely agree
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Great. The birthplace of Guy Fawkes, a population of 180,000 and York gets five local firework displays, each run by separate organisations. Even the Lord Mayor is having to travel 12 miles to go to one. When ARE we going to have an official (and reasonably central) firework display?[/p][/quote]completely agree Yorkie_1982
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1:43pm Tue 1 Nov 11

Dobkin says...

It's the price the city pays for the vocal minority of NIMBY tossers who wreck everything enjoyable for the majority. No to this, no to this, it's no surprise this City is a wasteland for residents.
It's the price the city pays for the vocal minority of NIMBY tossers who wreck everything enjoyable for the majority. No to this, no to this, it's no surprise this City is a wasteland for residents. Dobkin
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2:21pm Tue 1 Nov 11

Mark Brayshaw says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Great. The birthplace of Guy Fawkes, a population of 180,000 and York gets five local firework displays, each run by separate organisations. Even the Lord Mayor is having to travel 12 miles to go to one. When ARE we going to have an official (and reasonably central) firework display?
November 2012 @ Rawcliffe Country Park
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Great. The birthplace of Guy Fawkes, a population of 180,000 and York gets five local firework displays, each run by separate organisations. Even the Lord Mayor is having to travel 12 miles to go to one. When ARE we going to have an official (and reasonably central) firework display?[/p][/quote]November 2012 @ Rawcliffe Country Park Mark Brayshaw
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5:13pm Tue 1 Nov 11

Kohelet says...

xtc wrote:
So what some of us have to work!
Poor you, change your job or hours then and stop being so curmudgeonly. Bet as sweets you give to trick or treat kids Fisherman’s Friends
[quote][p][bold]xtc[/bold] wrote: So what some of us have to work![/p][/quote]Poor you, change your job or hours then and stop being so curmudgeonly. Bet as sweets you give to trick or treat kids Fisherman’s Friends Kohelet
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5:30pm Tue 1 Nov 11

BigJon says...

Mark Brayshaw wrote:
Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
Great. The birthplace of Guy Fawkes, a population of 180,000 and York gets five local firework displays, each run by separate organisations. Even the Lord Mayor is having to travel 12 miles to go to one. When ARE we going to have an official (and reasonably central) firework display?
November 2012 @ Rawcliffe Country Park
But isn't this going to be a another 'private' (profit going to the organiser) display rather than an 'official' (profit going to council funds) one?......and, although Rawcliffe Country Park is easy to get to, when did near the ring-road become 'reasonably central'?

btw I assume that First will be running buses to the p&r while your event is on, but will they be free for ticket holders or will the cost of this need to be added to the ticket price?
[quote][p][bold]Mark Brayshaw[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: Great. The birthplace of Guy Fawkes, a population of 180,000 and York gets five local firework displays, each run by separate organisations. Even the Lord Mayor is having to travel 12 miles to go to one. When ARE we going to have an official (and reasonably central) firework display?[/p][/quote]November 2012 @ Rawcliffe Country Park[/p][/quote]But isn't this going to be a another 'private' (profit going to the organiser) display rather than an 'official' (profit going to council funds) one?......and, although Rawcliffe Country Park is easy to get to, when did near the ring-road become 'reasonably central'? btw I assume that First will be running buses to the p&r while your event is on, but will they be free for ticket holders or will the cost of this need to be added to the ticket price? BigJon
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5:34pm Tue 1 Nov 11

BigJon says...

xtc wrote:
So what some of us have to work!
Seeing as there seem to be fireworks going off almost nightly there's bound to be a display on one of your nights off if you look through the Press listings
[quote][p][bold]xtc[/bold] wrote: So what some of us have to work![/p][/quote]Seeing as there seem to be fireworks going off almost nightly there's bound to be a display on one of your nights off if you look through the Press listings BigJon
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5:36pm Tue 1 Nov 11

Mark Brayshaw says...

BigJon...
Rawcliffe Country Park is as reasonably central as you can get in York.

There is nowhere big enough in the city centre to gather a big crowd and fire the fireworks safely.
BigJon... Rawcliffe Country Park is as reasonably central as you can get in York. There is nowhere big enough in the city centre to gather a big crowd and fire the fireworks safely. Mark Brayshaw
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11:19pm Thu 3 Nov 11

laugh says...

I think York city council is a joke in all honesty, i mean its the birthplace of GUY FAWKES and no-one can really be bothered to put a decent bonfire night on... i mean come on we have a massive racecourse and nothing... not a thing! and there hasnt been in 5 years of living here... its just disapointing.
All because they think something will go wrong and we'll get bad press for it.... OH DEAR! Swallow your immense pride and stop being stuck up, after all you want more people to visit this city don't you? Maybe be a little more care free and a little less rod-stuck-up-back would do some good!
I think York city council is a joke in all honesty, i mean its the birthplace of GUY FAWKES and no-one can really be bothered to put a decent bonfire night on... i mean come on we have a massive racecourse and nothing... not a thing! and there hasnt been in 5 years of living here... its just disapointing. All because they think something will go wrong and we'll get bad press for it.... OH DEAR! Swallow your immense pride and stop being stuck up, after all you want more people to visit this city don't you? Maybe be a little more care free and a little less rod-stuck-up-back would do some good! laugh
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7:07pm Fri 4 Nov 11

bagpuss73 says...

Why cant the city have a display on the Knavesmire like there used to be ?
surely thats the ideal location
Why cant the city have a display on the Knavesmire like there used to be ? surely thats the ideal location bagpuss73
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7:40pm Fri 4 Nov 11

Mark Brayshaw says...

bagpuss73 wrote:
Why cant the city have a display on the Knavesmire like there used to be ?
surely thats the ideal location
This point has been exhaustively covered in previous articles but for your benefit...

Principally, the Knavesmire would be ok if it was a free event because it's such a wide open space.

The openness however does also bring some drawbacks:

1 - In terms of safety it is very difficult (and therefore costly) to secure the firing zone and the drop zone.

2 - Without any form of constraint it would be impossible to have a ticketed event and without it being ticketed you would have no idea in advance how many people might turn up. In 1995 at the Knavesmire it was 44,000, the next year at the Knavesmire it was 15,000. For the 400th anniversary in 2005 an estimated 80,000 descended on the city centre. If you don't know how many people are coming you cannot properly provide stewarding, toilets, first aid cover, catering, etc. Some of these aspects are prerequisites and are prescribed according to the number of attendees.

For these reasons, the Knavesmire is completely the wrong venue for a contained paid-for, ticketed event.

The council can't afford to pay for a free firework event so any event that takes place will have to be self-funding. Therefore the event needs to be held at a more contained venue.

Rawcliffe Country Park is perfect on several counts. Rawcliffe Country Park and Bustardthorpe (Knavesmire) are equidistant from the city centre.

Rawcliffe is on a fast and frequent bus route, whereas Bishopthorpe Road is not.

Rawcliffe Country Park is big enough to fit in 130,000 people. It is therefore several times larger than the capacity required for a firework event and the Knavesmire therefore offers no advantage in terms of size.

Rawcliffe Country Park is much more easily contained and therefore you can be certain that only ticketed individuals are going to get in.

Admittedly there are concerns about Rawcliffe Country Park being situated next door to a Nature Reserve but nature is all around us and is just as evident at the Knavesmire so, although the concerns are genuine enough, the situation can and quite rightly should be managed.

I am currently working with the council to bring forward a paid-for, ticketed event at Rawcliffe Country Park in November 2012.
[quote][p][bold]bagpuss73[/bold] wrote: Why cant the city have a display on the Knavesmire like there used to be ? surely thats the ideal location[/p][/quote]This point has been exhaustively covered in previous articles but for your benefit... Principally, the Knavesmire would be ok if it was a free event because it's such a wide open space. The openness however does also bring some drawbacks: 1 - In terms of safety it is very difficult (and therefore costly) to secure the firing zone and the drop zone. 2 - Without any form of constraint it would be impossible to have a ticketed event and without it being ticketed you would have no idea in advance how many people might turn up. In 1995 at the Knavesmire it was 44,000, the next year at the Knavesmire it was 15,000. For the 400th anniversary in 2005 an estimated 80,000 descended on the city centre. If you don't know how many people are coming you cannot properly provide stewarding, toilets, first aid cover, catering, etc. Some of these aspects are prerequisites and are prescribed according to the number of attendees. For these reasons, the Knavesmire is completely the wrong venue for a contained paid-for, ticketed event. The council can't afford to pay for a free firework event so any event that takes place will have to be self-funding. Therefore the event needs to be held at a more contained venue. Rawcliffe Country Park is perfect on several counts. Rawcliffe Country Park and Bustardthorpe (Knavesmire) are equidistant from the city centre. Rawcliffe is on a fast and frequent bus route, whereas Bishopthorpe Road is not. Rawcliffe Country Park is big enough to fit in 130,000 people. It is therefore several times larger than the capacity required for a firework event and the Knavesmire therefore offers no advantage in terms of size. Rawcliffe Country Park is much more easily contained and therefore you can be certain that only ticketed individuals are going to get in. Admittedly there are concerns about Rawcliffe Country Park being situated next door to a Nature Reserve but nature is all around us and is just as evident at the Knavesmire so, although the concerns are genuine enough, the situation can and quite rightly should be managed. I am currently working with the council to bring forward a paid-for, ticketed event at Rawcliffe Country Park in November 2012. Mark Brayshaw
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