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Fireworks in Oxfordshire 2011

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Port Meadow is a particularly good spot to see fireworks on a clear Guy Fawkes Night, as is Shotover (Map). Most colleges and some schools provide their own shows for their members; see below for some that are open to the general public. If you know of any others, do let us know at or on 01865 241133.

Kevin Henshaw - photo from Curbridge
Guy Fawkes cartoon

Fri 4th November

Hanborough Musical Fireworks, The Playing Fields, Roosevelt Road, Long Hanborough OX29 8JG
Tel. Vikki Beale: 01993 883347
Gates open: 6.00pm Fireworks: 7.00pm
Price on the gate: adult £3, child £2
More info: fairground rides, BBQ, hot dogs, jacket potatoes, mulled wine.

Fireworks Display & Bonfire, Oxford Montessori School, Forest Farm, Elsfield, OX3 9UW
Gates open: 5.30pm
Price on the gate:
£12/family, £5/single
More info: hotdogs for sale. Bring a torch or lantern.

Fireworks display, Stratfield Brake Recreation Ground, Frieze Way, Kidlington OX5 1UP Tel. 01865 372143
Gates open: 6.00pm Fireworks: 7.00pm
Price in advance: £4/adult, £3/child from Exeter Hall, Kidlington (nb: office closed for lunch every day, 1-2pm)
Price on the gate: £5/adult, £3/child
More info: limited disabled parking only.

Fireworks and Bonfire Party, Grove Recreation Ground, Cane Lane, Grove (near Wantage) OX12 0AA
Gates open:
Price on the gate:
family (2 + 3) £10, adults £5, children (4 - 16 yrs) £3
More info: kids' fairground rides, bar, BBQ.

Fernham Fabulous Fireworks, Fernham (just south of Faringdon, west Oxfordshire)
Gates open: 6.00pm Bonfire lit: 6.15pm Children’s fireworks (quiet): 6.30pm Main display (to music): 7.00pm
Price on the gate: family ticket (2 adults/2 children) £10
More info:
a family-orientated fireworks evening with mulled wine and hot food available.

Bonfire Night, John Blandy School, Southmoor, OX13 5DJ
Gates open: 5pm (ends 6.30pm!)
Price on the gate: £2.50. Under 5s free
More info: ...organised by Friends of J B School. Fireworks display, hot food.

Sat 5th November

Oxford Round Table Fireworks, South Park, Oxford OX4 1NT

Oxford's main display, at the biggest park within Oxford's city limits. Hosted by Oxford Round Table for the 44th time in 2011.
Gates open: 5.00pm· Fireworks start: 6.45pm
Price in advance: £12 / £5 from Shepherd & Woodward, High Street & Summertown; Ideal Eyes Botley, Summertown, and Templar's Square, Cowley; Fusion Hair, Headington; Walters on Turl St; The Old Black Horse, St Clements; Greens Cafes; G&D's Ice Cream Cafes; Shakespeare, Golden Cross; Ecco Shoes, New Inn Hall St; Verde, Cowley Road, and Oxford United Club Shop.
For tickets by post, contact Jason Priest on 07557 050098 or
Price on the gate: family tickets £15 (2 adults + up to 3 children; children under 8 free), singles £6, only before 6.30pm. All ticket proceeds go to local charities.
More info: Bonfire, burning of enormous wicker (wo)man, Jack FM music stage, funfair, stalls, hot food. Read a review of 2008's display here - and read the entries into Daily Info's 2011 Fireworks Poetry Competition (prizes: free tickets to this display) here!

St Michael's School, Marston Road, Oxford OX3 0EJ
Tel 01865 241476
Gates open: 5.30pm Fireworks: 6.30pm
Price in advance: £2.50 adult, £1.50 child, family (2 + 3) £7
Price on the gate: £3 adult, £2 child, £8 family
More info: family friendly fireworks and bonfire night. Food and drinks available.

Riverside Fireworks, The Punter, 7 South Street, Osney Island, OX2 0BE
Tel 01865 248832

Gates open: 6.30pm
Price: free
More info: hot food, drinks and sparklers available.

Fireworks on Wolvercote Green, outside The Plough, Upper Wolvercote, Oxford OX2 8BD
Start: 6.00pm
More info: local BBQ and bonfire courtesy of the Plough. We are assured that the cows will be moved in good time :)

Wheatley Primary School, Littleworth Road, Wheatley OX33 1NN
Tel. Paula Hood: 07974 448717
Gates open:
5.15pm Fireworks: 7.00pm
Price in advance:
special offer family ticket, £12 - call Paula!
Price on the gate: £5 for adults, £3 for children/OAPs or £15 for a family of five
More info:
annual event organised by Wheatley Primary PTA. Children's stalls, pig roast, hot dogs, baked potatoes, bar, mulled wine, children's fun tent, music.

Faringdon Annual Charity Fireworks Display, Faringdon House (Lechlade Road entrance - see signs from A417 / A420)
Gates open:
6.00pm Fireworks start: 7.00pm
Price in advance:
family £13, adult £4.50, child £2.50 from local shops.
Price on the gate:
family (2+3) £16, adult £6, child £3.
More info:
Bonfire, fireworks set to music, funfair, hot food provided by the Scouts, sweets, glow in the dark toys, Morris Dancing with burning torches, loos, free parking.

Great Milton Musical Fireworks, Great Milton Recreation Ground (middle of the village - you can't miss it), OX44 7NT
Gates open: 7.00pm Fireworks: 8.00pm
donations on the gate
More info: Long-running, family-friendly event. Fireworks, BBQ and bar.

Spectacular Fireworks Display, The Playing Fields, Kingham (near Chipping Norton), OX7 6YP
Gates open:
6.00pm Fireworks: 7.00pm

Price: FREE
More info:
bonfire, guy, stalls, attractions, pig roast, burgers, hot dogs, mulled wine, hot chocolate, bar...

Bonfire And Fireworks Display, Fringford Village Hall, Fringford Green OX27 8DY
Gates open:
Price: donations on the gate
More info: traditional family bonfire & fireworks display.

Glympton Bonfire & Fireworks, Glympton Playing Field, OX20 1AL
Gates open: 6.00pm
Price on gate: free - donations please
More info: bonfire, firework display, barbeque, drinks. Organised by Glympton Village Fundraising Committee.

Charlbury Cricket Club Bonfire & Fireworks, Forest Road, Charlbury OX7 3HH (very near train station)
Tel. 07909 978863
Gates open:
Price on gate: £5 adults, £1 kids, under 5s free. Available from Charlbury shops in advance
More info: Bonfire, fireworks, food and drinks, novelty stall.

Fireworks, Bonfire & Laser Show, Culham Park, near Abingdon (off A415 at OX14 3DA) Tel. 01235 848888
Gates open: 4.00pm Family Magic Show: 5.30pm Fireworks: 7.00pm
Price in advance: £12 per car from Goff Newsagent - Abingdon, The BookStore, Bury Street (Precinct) - Abingdon, Vickery's - Drayton, Burgery's Newsagent - Sutton Courtenay, Creations Hair & Beauty, Milton Park & Peachcroft Centre
Price on the gate: £15 per car
More info: in support of Help for Heroes. Refreshments and children's activities (including Mega Slide, Bungee Trampoline, Mini Roundabout, Hoopla, Fish for a Duck). Streamlined entry system (last year was very busy!).

The Didcot Charity Fireworks Display, Lloyd Recreation Ground, Brasenose Road, Didcot OX11 7BN
Gates open: 5.30pm Bonfire lit: 6.15pm Fireworks: 7.00pm
Price in advance: £4, OAP/children (4-16 years; under 3s go free) £2.50, family £10. From: The One Stop Shop, Didcot Civic Hall; Newbury Building Society, Broad Way; and Thorntons, Didcot Orchard Centre
Price on the gate:
£5, OAP/children £3, family (2+3) £12

More info: funfair, food inc. pig roast, hot drinks. Opened by Didcot's Mayor, Phil Hayward. Proceeds to charity - organised by Didcot Rotary Club.

Firework Spectacular, Swiss Farm, Marlow Road, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2HX
Gates open:
5.30pm Bonfire lit: 6.30pm Fireworks: 7.15pm
Price in advance: adults £5, concessions £3 from Jackson’s Estate Agents, 30, Hart St; Asquiths Teddy Bear Shop, 2-4 New St; Little Nellies Sweet Shop, 4 Friday Street. Fast track entrance for advance ticket holders.
Price on the gate: adults £6, conc. £4.
More info: organised by Henley Round Table. Live band, raffle, pig roast, real ale / mulled wine, fairground rides.
Only disabled parking on site; nearest public parking behind Waitrose.

Sat 12th November

Wytham Firework Display, Wytham Recreation Ground, OX2 8QN
Gates open:
5.30pm Fireworks: 6.30pm
Price on gate:
£5, under 14s free
More info:
BBQ, licensed bar & free parking

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Photos: James Lyon from South Park 2009

Click here to read the entries in our previous Fireworks Poetry Competitions: 2011 - 2010 - 2008