Epsom Fireworks Display and Funfair

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.

7th 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.

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