About the Display
Epsom fireworks display has one of the
biggest fireworks in the area with a huge range of effects
and has been running since 1971.
The Display this year is the largest we
have ever fired. The
planning for the fireworks ebgins months in advance , with the
initial designs being discussed, changed then discussed
and changed again! The final design was agreed in August
and then construction could begin. It takes thousands of
man hours to put the display together - we have a team of
15 people working on the show at various times in the
months leading up to the display and there are over 100
helpers on the day of the display.
The show this year consists of:
· Over 500 Aerial Shells, from 3” to 12” monsters
· Nearly 250 Roman Candles, firing 8 to 10 shots each
· Over 30 Professional-use cakes, with up to 300 effects
· Lots of other special effects that will ensure a big but
The Display is part fired electronically
and part fired by hand. This gives us the best of both
worlds with the flexibility given by hand firing and the
extra safety and timing precision given by the electrics.
Overall we will have a show that lasts between 20 and 25
minutes, that includes around 15,000 individual effects.
Gates open at 5.30pm and we hope for the
display to begin at 7.30pm.
Gates close at 10.30pm on Saturday.
Epsom Scouts work closely with emergency services, St
Johns Ambulance and a Radio
Team to ensure the safety of all the spectators.
Run and controlled by The Worldwide
Travelling Theme Park Experience (Mr Monty Hammond).
The fair will operate in conjunction with
the Bonfire & Fireworks event
Ride pricing and offers are available
within the funfair itself.
All fairground rounds are safety
inspected before the event to ensure your safety.
History of Epsom
Fireworks Display and Funfair
Starting in 1971 with a small public
fireworks display and bonfire at St. Martins Junior School
this display has grown to be one of the largest displays
in South East England.
It soon outgrew the school field and
moved to the field behind the Lintons Centre. A few years
later it moved again, this time to the Convent site in
Dorking Road where it joined forces with the Round Table
and added a small fun fair to the event. Once again it
outgrew the site and in 1984 moved to the present site at
Hook Road Arena.
The Firework Display itself has continued
to grow until it is now one of the, if not THE, largest in
South East England. We have our own team of pyrotechnic
experts who design and plan the display with the
assistance of Vulcan Fireworks who are based in Ewell. The
team start thinking about the next event as soon as the
display is over!
The Funfair has also kept pace with the
growth of the event and for the last few years has opened
on the Friday evening with a ‘wristband’ event where for a
fixed price you get rides all evening. Monty Hammond,
whose funfair travels internationally, has worked with us
and arranges rides from all over the country to attend.
A free Park and Ride service and free
coach from Epsom Railway Station was introduced in 2000.
This was because of the growth in popularity of the event
and the problems with safety where vehicles were getting
bogged down, which made the Hook Road Arena unsuitable.
This year a free park and ride service will operate from
the Chessington Garden Centre, Longmead Industrial
Estate and Hobbledown Children’s Farm, and free coach
transport from both Epsom and Tolworth Railway Stations.
The service will run from 5.00pm to 9.15pm with the last
pick up at 7.00pm. There will be no parking at the Arena.
However limited parking will be available for the
registered disabled if you phone in advance on 01737
Entrance is by programme only, discounted
in advance or full price on the day, and programmes are
available from most newsagents within a 3 miles radius.
Under fives are free.
The total event costs around £25,000 to
put on and the money raised by the event will be going to
a number of charities including: local participating Scout
Groups and Guide Companies; Riding for the Disabled; the
Children’s Trust at Tadworth, St John Ambulance; the Girls
Brigade and Round Table.
The event is run by the 7th Epsom
(Methodist) Scout Group who are the largest and one of the
most successful Scout Groups in England with over 350
young people attending weekly supported by a dedicated
team of volunteer leaders. The programme offered is
extremely varied and includes trips to Uganda and Sweden;
the biennial 4.7.11 Gang Show at Epsom Playhouse; Shooting
and Amateur radio clubs; canoeing, sailing, water skiing,
hill walking, climbing and numerous other adventurous
activities in addition to the more traditional camping,
cooking, orienteering and other scouting skills
More information can be obtained from
Neil Dallen on 01372 728187.