About the Display
Epsom Fireworks holds one of the largest displays in the South East at Hook Road Arena. The display has grown since its' humble beginnings in 1971 into the enormous show you see every November!
The 2016 display with the help of award winning Illusion Fireworks Limited will be the largest and most complex we have ever fired! Planning for the fireworks begins almost as soon as the previous year's event has finished, the show design passes through a number of draft stages, the final draft is then tweaked and added to as we discover more incredible fireworks to put in the show! Illusion Fireworks show designers Karl Mitchell-Shead and Danny Burchett settled on the final design in September so work in preparing the fireworks can begin. It takes around 100 hours to design a show like Epsom, many hundreds more to fuse the fireworks and a team of 25 pyrotechnicians to set them up. The fireworks team are supported by over 150 helpers on site on November 5th to ensure the event runs smoothly!
Things to look out for in this year's display:
· Almost 1000 aerial shells ranging from 50mm -250mm shells that are enormous!
· Complex and impressive 'single shot' sequences containing over 300 effect units
· Over 50 powerful professional display batteries
· Around 40 'ground BANGS' fired in quick succession
The Illusion team promise a display like no other at Epsom, the 15 minute show will be fired using a state-of-the-art computer controlled digital firing system and kicks off with a 'knock your socks off' Spanish style 'Mascleta'! The team will be using the highest quality fireworks and effects sourced from around the world, mind blowing colours and ear splitting noise effects, this is not a display you want to miss!
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 Security 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 Illusion Fireworks. 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.
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; 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.