Bonfire Night is one of my favourite occasions -each year it’s sure to provide romantic cuddles by a toasty fire, tasty treats, and of course fireworks! Kieron and I decided to support our local village bonfire at the Epworth Showground rather than head out to a larger display. It’s just a 15 minute walk away and as we enjoy our days out and about, it’s important to support local events to ensure they keep going each year. For us, Bonfire Night is about wrapping up warm to embrace the start of winter and enjoying tasty food and each other’s company beside a bonfire. It’s one of our favourite date nights each year. This year exceeded our expectations by far!
This year’s Bonfire Night began with a chilly walk to the show ground with the promise of a hotdog and a melted chocolate pot. We were much better equipped than last year with our brand new LED torch to light the way and alert cars and pedestrians of our whereabouts. I wrapped up warm with at least four layers on plus a wooly hat, scarf and gloves which proved to be enough (just). Upon arrival at the show ground we paid to enter the site and as with the Epworth Show, prices were very reasonable at £5.00 each for adults. Despite being freezing cold, the ladies on the gate provided us with a laugh which certainly started the evening well for us. The parking was organised exceptionally well with a set route for traffic heading into the site and another set route for traffic heading off site. Queues were kept to a minimum which meant happy people and a cheery atmosphere!
The event boasted several eateries, a beer tent and a small fairground which meant all ages were catered for. A total of eight food stalls were available to choose from and Kieron and I were spoilt for choice! There were hotdogs and cheese dogs, burgers, chips, crepes, coffee, biscuits, sweets and more. In the end I opted for a hotdog and Kieron chose a burger and a portion of fries were inevitably ordered and shared between us. The queues were slow moving which was a shame, however we knew about this from the previous year and gave ourselves plenty of time to get food ordered and devoured before the fireworks were due to start. In 2016 we found ourselves stuck in the queue and eventually ordering food during the display – not ideal! This year we were fully prepared and allowed plenty of time to choose our dinner carefully (it’s an important choice!) and we even managed to get a seat in the warm beer tent. Important announcement: the beer tent had heating. Major thumbs up from me! Finally, I treated myself to a magnificent chocolate pot which consisted of Oreos, Jaffa Cakes, Maltesers and other snacks topped with melted chocolate and ice cream. Basically, a tub of chocolatey goodness!
We headed over to the bonfire in plenty of time to get a good spot as close to the fire as possible to keep warm. The bonfire didn’t disappoint as it was bigger than the previous year. The health and safety around the bonfire was excellent with the whole fire cordoned off to prevent guests from getting too close. My events management background makes it difficult to switch off from thinking about these things, so I was pleased to see staff on duty around the fire and a medic on hand.
The fireworks started at 7pm and I have to say I was really impressed with the display this year and the show ground team really seemed to have put a lot of time, effort and money into it. My five pounds admission fee was well spent! The display consisted of loud bangs, long screamers and eery crackles. As the dark sky lit up, so did the faces of the audience watching. The display built up gradually with a variety of colours and bursts of light. On more than one occasion I thought the display was coming to an end, however another series of fireworks would whoosh into the air to begin the next sequence. This was a great surprise and I was pleased to see a display that lasted around 10 minutes. The ending was spectacular with the biggest and loudest fireworks saved until last – always a bonus!
Will I be attending next year?
YES! I had a fantastic time at the Epworth Bonfire and will definitely be back next year. The food was tasty and well priced, admission prices were very fair and the firework display and bonfire were impressive.
Top Tips for Epworth Bonfire:
• Don’t forget your torch! When we visited the bonfire in 2016 we had no torch and it was a little risky as there is no lighting on the road to the show ground. I highly recommend taking a torch to keep an eye on where you are going and alerting traffic to your presence.
• Expect wet and muddy fields. If it’s anything better you’ll be pleasantly surprised! It’s November though, and the show ground will more than likely be a little muddy so take your best wellies!
• Take some spare change to treat yourself to a sweet treat and a drink.
What did you get up to this Bonfire Night? Did you attend your local bonfire or go further afield to a larger event? I’d love to hear all about it!
For more on events in Epworth, read my review on the 2017 Epworth Show!