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Borough Council hosting a free fireworks display again this November

Published: Tuesday, 04 October 2016

Northampton Borough Council is once again holding a fantastic, free bonfire and fireworks display on the Racecourse on 5 November.

The event will open with fairground rides and food stalls at 2pm and Heart FM will join us onsite before the bonfire is lit at 6.30pm. The fireworks display will follow at 7pm and the event is expected to finish at 8.30pm.

Last year, more than 18,000 people flocked to the Racecourse to view the spectacular display and a similar number of people will be expected this November.

With the event attracting such large crowds, the Council reminds potential attendees that parking is not available on site. Plenty of parking is available however, in car parks around the town centre including St Michael’s car park, which will be free to use, and a number of surface car parks that will charge just £1 to park in. The Council urges people to make use of these car parks and walk to the Racecourse.

The Council warns that disruption to roads surrounding the Racecourse such as Kettering Road, East Park Parade and St Georges Avenue will be expected from 2pm as people make their way to and from the Racecourse.

There will also be footpath closures from St Georges Avenue and Trinity Avenue across the park to the Kettering Road, whilst the fireworks display is set up.

Cabinet Member for Community Engagement, Cllr Anna King said: “Our free firework display is always really popular. Each year thousands of people bring their families to enjoy the event as well as the offerings from the restaurants and cafes in and around the town centre.

“This year’s display will no doubt draw just as many people as before, if not more. As a result we are asking people to avoid driving where possible and to make use of public transport. If driving is necessary, please park responsibly and leave plenty of time to get to the Racecourse.”

More information about the event and the car parks closest to the Racecourse is available here: http://www.northampton.gov.uk/fireworksparkinginformation