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WOLVERHAMPTON: City racecourse welcomes return of fireworks

WOLVERHAMPTON: City racecourse welcomes return of fireworks

Image: City of Wolverhampton council

Two huge firework displays will light up the sky at Wolverhampton Racecourse this weekend, as the city takes a step closer to emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic by staging more public live events.

Following the cancellation of Bonfire Night celebrations last year, the racecourse in Gorsebrook Road will host two large-scale firework displays this Saturday November 6.

The  events are being put on by the award-winning Komodo Fireworks, who are two times British musical fireworks champions and four times winners of the UK fireworks championships.

Councillor Steve Evans (Lab. Fallings Park), the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for events, said: “The people of Wolverhampton can look forward to two world-class firework displays this weekend.

“Working with one of the UK’s leading and award-winning firework companies, these are going to be something really special.

“It promises to be a fantastic night out – and we will be so pleased to welcome people back to what has always been a hugely popular annual event, which sadly had to be postponed last year due to the pandemic.

“Wolverhampton is an events city and we are bringing back more live entertainment for people to enjoy.

“There won’t be a bonfire this year, but this is purely to enable the maximum amount of space possible for crowds to enjoy the firework displays safely.

“We know other areas of the country have taken the same decision for the same reason,” he added.

“As ever, I would urge people to attend professionally arranged firework displays like this one, rather than attempting to light fireworks at home which can be dangerous and cause injuries.”

Gates open at 5pm and the first display – which is aimed at families with children – will start at 6.30pm followed by the second main display at 8pm.

The event will also include a funfair suitable and a variety of bars and food stalls.

Discount advance tickets are on sale at £6 for adults and £4 for children aged 4-15. Admission is free for children under three.

The racecourse is also offering a limited number of ‘stay warm’ packages priced £21.50 per ticket, where people can watch the fireworks from the comfort of a shared hospitality box with their own bar and toilet facilities.

On-site site parking priced £3 per car needs to be booked in advance.

All bookings can be made online by visiting

With Covid-19 continuing to spread in Wolverhampton, people who are meeting up with friends and family to celebrate both Bonfire Night and Diwali this week are being encouraged to follow all safely precautions.

Cllr Jasbir Jaspal (Lab. Heath Town), council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “We want people to have great fun as they celebrate Bonfire Night and Diwali this week, but we also want them to do so safely.

“We know that Covid-19 spreads more easily in enclosed spaces, so we’re encouraging people to try and meet up outside if they can and, if they meet indoors, to let in as much fresh air as possible.”

Words: Joe Sweeney, Local Democracy Reporter

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