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Remember Remember Dorset fireworks displays

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Remember remember the 5th of November...

Fireworks by Becky

It seems that autumn is upon us already, complete with the characteristic absence of summer. But if you’re anything like me, then autumn is the time of year to get excited about; the amazing colours whispering through the trees, the cold crisp mornings, the hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows over open fires, the country walks through crunchy leaves, and perhaps most importantly of all, bonfire night and fireworks.

Across Dorset on Saturday 5th November, the sky will be painted with the spark of fireworks, and guys will be burning on bonfires all over the county. It can be hard to know where to choose to get both the best firework experience and for the right price, so I have compiled a list of the best bonfires to warm your fingers at.

Firstly, Sherborne Castle offers possibly the best firework display in the county, with the most stunning backdrop and hosting entertainments, live music, refreshments and food from 5pm. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the fireworks will start at 7:30pm. Tickets are available on the gate and the prices are £7 for adults, £6 for OAPs and children and £4 for a car.

If you’re looking for something even more visually spectacular, then Poole Quay will be hosting a fantastic display with an incredible atmosphere on Saturday 5th November at 8pm. There will be entertainment from 5pm, and what could be better than watching the reflection of fireworks skipping out over the water whilst eating traditional fish and chips straight out of the paper.

A little further along the coastline, Bridport Leisure Centre opens their doors at 7pm for their 8pm start. Their annual event provides hot food and drink so that all you need to focus on is gazing up at the sky with your loved ones whilst you you ooh and aah at the brilliant display over West Bay.

Fireworks by Becky Bye

If you’re not quite ready to see the back of summer just yet, then Dorchester Rugby Football Club's fireworks night will not only provide you with wonderful fireworks, a bar and amusements, but a hog roast and bbq will also be ready to tempt your tastebuds. Tickets are £10 for a family, £4 for an adult and £2 for children.

My final display in the offering means that we finish up at the coast in Weymouth, where the fireworks are let off right on the seafront, providing the most perfect oceanic backdrop to enjoy an evening with your family. There is an abundance of things to do in Weymouth, so to ensure parking, get there early, have some fish and chips on the seafront or while away some time in the arcade before gathering with the rest of the crowds on the beach. 


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