Epsom Fireworks Display and Funfair

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 per cake
Lots of other special effects that will ensure a big but balanced display.

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.

7th Epsom Scouts work closely with emergency services, St Johns Ambulance and a Radio Team to ensure the safety of all the spectators.

Funfair

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 279197.

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.

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