The skies around Bournemouth and its surrounding towns and neighbourhoods come alive at the beginning of November to celebrate Bonfire Night. Wrap up warm and wait by the crackling bonfire, sparklers held aloft before the inevitable ‘whoosh’ and ‘bang’ signal the beginning of a thrilling display.
There are a number of venues well known for their annual efforts to paint the skies on Bonfire Night:
Run by a number of local Scouting organisations, this is a good old fashioned display complete with Guy competition, doughnuts, toffee apples, rockets, Catherine Wheels and more activities than you can shake a sparkler at.
This well-established fireworks extravaganza comes complete with bonfire, hot and cold food stalls and a disco to pick up the party when the skies have quietened down.
Poole Quay (Pictured)
This is a completely free fireworks display launched from a jetty to light up the harbour skies. If you want a closer look you can join one of the local tour operators on a nocturnal boat trip or stand on the edge of the Quay for sweeping views against the Brownsea Island backdrop. The town lays on a packed entertainment programme from early evening with various music, comedy, fairground and children’s acts in the run-up to the main event.
This popular display on Christchurch Recreation Ground attracts thousands of visitors every year and donates its proceeds to local youth projects. Attractions include a bonfire, live music and a variety of stalls and rides before the main event.
The Dudsbury isn’t a stranger to throwing parties – in fact it’s always got another family-thrilling event up its sleeve. So it’s no surprise that this popular Ferndown country club celebrates this occasion with a big bang! While the fireworks are the main event, there’s plenty laid on for everyone to enjoy, with live DJs, barbecue and woodland play area.