Photos: James Lyon www.lyonphotography.co.uk from South Park 2009
This year we bring you more events than ever - 36 displays at the last count, on 6 different nights!
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Fun Fireworks Facts
- The first recorded fireworks in England were at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.
- Fireworks are a symbol of enthusiasm and exhilaration (probably quite easy to work out why).
- Fireworks are sometimes used to scare off evil spirits.
- The traditional cake eaten on Bonfire Night is Parkin cake, made from oatmeal, ginger, treacle and syrup.
- The only place in the UK that does not celebrate Guy Fawkes Night is St. Peter’s School in York. Guy Fawkes went there as a boy and they refuse to burn his image in respect for their former pupil.
- "Guy" originally meant "ugly, repulsive person" but since Guy Fawkes, it has become a common word for "man".
- Consumer fireworks are banned in some states in America.
- Blue fireworks are considered the most difficult colour to make.
Edward Feild School, Kidlington, OX5 2LG
Hot dogs, burgers, chips, hot drinks, treats, fairground ride and more! (No Sparklers please!)
Tickets: Adult £5, Child £3, pupils of Edward Feild School go free
Wootton Memorial Playing Fields, Castle Road, Wootton (nr Woodstock) OX20 1EG
Fireworks synchronised to music. Also hot food (sausage and mash, bacon rolls) and mulled wine.
Gates: 5pm (fireworks 7pm)
Tickets: Adult £4, Child £2 (cash only)
Village Hall, Weston On The Green, OX25 3RD
Annual village firework display
Haddenham St Mary’s CE School, Aston Road, Haddenham, Bucks HP17 8AF
Fireworks, music, games, entertainment, BBQ and pizza.
Tickets: Advance: Adult £6.50, Child £3.50, under 3s free. £1 extra OTD
Heyford Park Free School, Specialisms Campus, Izzard Road, Upper Heyford, OX25 5HE
Fun for all the family: fairground rides, Mini Monster Trucks, BBQ, popcorn & candyfloss and glow toys. Tickets from Heyford Park shop or on the gate. Please note: NO ALCOHOL, FIREWORKS or SPARKLERS ADMITTED.
Gates: 4.30pm (Fireworks 6.30pm)
Tickets: Adults £6, children £4, family (2A+3C) £16
Harriers Banbury Academy, Harriers View, Banbury, OX16 9JW
The PTA present fireworks, plus firetruck, stalls and rides, BBQ and sweet things, hot and cold drinks, glow items for sale, and Glitter Tattoos!
Tickets: Adults £3, Children £2.50, Family of 4 £10, under 4s free
The Fire Service College, London Rd, Moreton in Marsh GL56 0RH
Annual bonfire and fireworks display, with collection on behalf of Meningitis Now. Hot food & drinks, prize for the best guy, fairground rides. NB Visitors are not allowed to bring fireworks, including sparklers, onto the site. [Although this is out-of-county, we felt it was a good charity, a good venue, and free! - Ed]
Gates: 6pm (Fireworks 7.30pm)
The Plough, Upper Wolvercote, Oxford OX2 8BD
The Plough's 23rd fireworks night. It’s still free, with a BBQ, cakes, glow-sticks and mulled wine for sale.
Elms Road, Oxford, OX2 9JZ
Firework display, food, drinks and glowsticks!
Tickets: Adult £5, Child £3, Families £15 otd (£12 adv).
Stratfield Brake Recreation Ground, Frieze Way, Kidlington, OX5 1UP
Fireworks to live music. BBQ and refreshments available on site.
Tickets: Advance tickets (from Exeter Hall) - Adult £5, Child £3. On gate - Adult £6, Child £4.
Meadow Lane, Donnington Bridge Road, Oxford OX4 4BJ
Fundraising firework display with BBQ and refreshments.
Tickets: Adult £5, Child £3, Family (2A + 3C) £15
Recreation Ground, Cross Keys Road, South Stoke, nr Wallingford, Oxfordshire RG8 0JT
Family friendly display with a BBQ, licenced bar, chocolate tombola etc. as well as a rather impressive bonfire.
Tickets: Age 11+ £5, Under 11 £2.50, under 2s free
Playing Fields & Pavilion, Roosevelt Road, Long Hanborough, OX29 8JG
Fireworks, fairground rides, BBQ and mulled wine.
Gates: 6pm (fireworks 7.15pm)
Tickets: Adult £4, Child £2
Old Swan and Minster Mill, Minster Lovell, nr Witney OX29 0RN
Bonfire and fireworks party, with hog roast and beer & wine tent.
Tickets: £5, under 12s free
Matthew Arnold School, Arnolds Way, Oxford OX2 9JE
Music, BBQ, food, drinks & stalls. Display by Storm Fireworks.
Tickets: Adults £5, 3-18 £3, under 3d free, family of 4 £15
South Park, Oxford OX4 1NT
Traditionally spectacular fireworks and bonfire with live music from Jack FM, hot food and drink, and a funfair. This is Daily Info's closest display, and has to be our top pick. Win free tickets in our competition!
Gates: 4.30pm (display 6.45pm)
Tickets: Adult £9, Family £22, Super Family £50, Under 5s free
Standlake Village Hall, Rack End, Standlake, OX29 7SB
Bar, BBQ and live music
The Pine Lodge, Thame Road, Little Milton OX44 7PZ
Licensed bar available. Ticket includes hot dogs & soup
Tickets: Adults £5, Children £3, Family (2A + 3C) £15
Pingle Field, Bicester, OX26 6WB
Fireworks, fairground, bonfire, music, hot food stands and a stand run by Bicester Ladies Circle.
Tickets: Advance - £4. On the night - £5. Under 5s free. Available online and at various locations.
Kingham Village Green, OX7 6YD
Fireworks, BBQ, mulled wine and hot chocolate, British Legion bar, fairground rides, and this year a children’s disco!
Tickets: Free, collection for charity
Barracks Lane, off Cumberland Road, Oxford OX4 2AP
A wonderful evening of fire celebration, storytelling, sandpit, wood-fired pizza making, and music... and no fireworks! Refreshments available. Perfect for families with young children.
Gates: 12 noon
Tickets: Garden entry and most activities free. Tickets to hear Nick Cope in the Cabin (2pm) £4 per person, babes in arms free -only 40 tickets to the gig, so book asap.
Lord Williams’ Lower School, Towersey Road, OX9 3NW
Firework display. Refreshments in the Sports Hall.
Gates: 5.30pm, display at 6.30pm
Tickets: Adv £5, Child £2.50, On the night £6.50, Child £3.50. Available at primary schools, Wally’s toy shop and town hall and on the door.
The Green, Marsh Baldon, OX44 9LP
Bonfire, fireworks, and hog roast.
Tickets: £10 per car, £3 per pedestrian, villagers free
The Kinecroft, Wallingford, OX10 0DT
Bonfire, fireworks, and Guy Fawkes competition.
Tickets: Suggested donation - Adult £6, Child £3
Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive Abingdon OX14 1XP
Bonfire, fireworks, BBQ and refreshments.
Tickets: £4 in advance, £5 otd, we think!
Charlbury Cricket Club, Forest Road, Charlbury, OX7 3PP
Bonfire & Fireworks. Hot drinks, BBQ and novelties stalls.
Tickets: Adults £5, Children £2. Children free if tickets bought in advance
The Star Inn, Middle Rd Stanton St John Oxford OX33 1EX
Free bonfire & fireworks display
St. John's site, Magdalen College School, High Street, Brackley, Northants NN13 7DW
Free firework display, plus children's funfair, charity stalls and refreshments. Please do not bring your own fireworks, sparklers, glass or bottles.
Gates: 5pm (display 7pm)
St Michael's Primary School, Marston Road, Oxford OX3 0EJ
St Michael's PTA present fireworks display & bonfire, great value hot food, drinks, cakes, glow sticks.
Tickets: Adults £4 (children £2, family £10)
Fritwell CofE Primary School, East Street, Fritwell, OX27 7PX
Fireworks, refeshments, stalls and name the guy.
Tickets: Adults £5, Children £3.50, under 4s £1
Kingsfield Recreation Ground, White Post Road, Bodicote, OX15 4BN
Fireworks, bonfire, funfair and food. Biggest display in north Oxfordshire with around 1000 spectators. But as yet, Daily Info haven't been able to find out who organises it!
Tickets: £4 per person, under 5s free
Playing Field opposite Catherine Wheel Pub, Drayton St Leonard, nr Dorchester on Thames OX10 7AU
Annual village firework night (and St Leonard's Eve celebrations!). Huge fire of trees from Manor Farm, and food available before and after.
Tickets: Free, donations welcome
NPower Loop Meadow Stadium Bowmont Water Didcot OX11 7GA
Didcot's biggest firework display ever! Plus funfair, bouncy castles, stalls, sparklers, hot drinks and food.
Gates: 4pm (Bonfire 5pm, fireworks later)
Tickets: £5 per person, accompanied under 10s free
Recreation Ground, Drayton Road, Dorchester on Thames OX10 7PJ
Bonfire and firework display with hot food (locally sourced burgers and hot dogs, homemade soup, winter Pimms and tray bakes).
Tickets: Voluntary donation
Witney RFC, Hailey Road, Witney, OX29 9UH
Bonfire and Fireworks. Beer tent on the field with hog roast, burgers and mulled wine.
Tickets: Charity collection
Burford Recreation Ground, Tanners Lane, Burford, OX18 4NB
Bonfire and firework display plus refreshments and licensed bar.
Kirtlington Village Hall, 1 South Green, Kirtlington, OX5 3HJ
Professional firework display, with hot dogs, mulled wine, soft drinks and glo-sticks for sale.
Tickets: Adults £6 adv, £7 otd. Children £2, under 5s free.