Carlisle Fireshow: Everything you need to know
This year's Carlisle Fireshow will be turned into a big birthday bash to celebrate the event's 30 edition.
The theme of the show will be the last three decades and the centre piece will be a huge 30-foot bonfire complete with a giant box of fireworks and rockets.
The firework display follows the bonfire and will include 2,000 spectacular sparkles and giant Catherine Wheel.
More than 35,000 people are expected to be in attendance for the highlight of Cumbria's bonfire night celebrations.
Anne Quilter, the council's portfolio holder for culture, heritage and leisure, said: "This year’s fireshow will be a celebration of the 30 years of the sparkling community event.
"As well as a 30 foot bonfire, there will thousands of fireworks and a giant Catherine Wheel. It’s a must-see event not to be missed."
Saturday, November 4
Pre-entertainment begins at 6.45pm and the bonfire will be lit at 7pm. A fairground will be open from 5.30pm on the castle car park, formerly known as Devonshire Walk car park.
Admission to the event is but a charity collection will be held with all donations going towards the Rotary Club of Carlisle South and the Mayor’s Charity Fund.
Volunteers will be holding charity buckets on the entrance to the event and organisers are asking the fireshow’s adult spectators to consider giving at least £2 each.
Can I drink alcohol while I'm there? No. Organisers Carlisle City Council say that as a family event no alcohol is permitted on site or withing the fairground in the Castle car park.
Last year about 50,000 people turned out, one of the biggest audiences in the event's history which last year coincided with Guy Fawkes night.
They were treated to a spectacular show themed on Steam, Smoke and Sparks, reflecting the city's role in the industrial revolution.
• Carlisle Fireshow began in 1987 as a community event designed to bring local families together for a fun night out in a safe environment. Around 200 people were expected to attend the first event however it attracted a 2,000 strong crowd.
• The 1987 fireshow was held on October 31st.
• In 1990 there were four bonfires. A giant bonfire now forms the centrepiece of each event.
• Up until 1994, the fireworks for the fireshow were released from inside the grounds of Carlisle Castle keep and battlements.
Crowds gather for the 2016 show
• The Carlisle Fireshow has developed in to one of the biggest events of its kind in the UK, attracting a 35,000 strong crowd each year and is listed in The Times Top 10 bonfire list.
• Admission to the event is free but a collection is made for the Mayor’s Charity Fund and the Rotary Club Carlisle (South).
All city council car parks are free after 6pm, some other car parks may charge. Limited parking for blue badge holders will be available at Bitts Park car park. This will be available on a first come, first served basis with the last entry at 5.45pm. Vehicles parked within this car park will not be able to leave until 8.30pm.
There is no parking in the Castle car park, formerly known as Devonshire Walk car park (other than for permit holders).
• No vehicle access to Bitts Park.
• No vehicle access to Dacre Road (adjacent to Carlisle Castle and Bitts Park).
• No vehicle access to Bitts Park from Willowholme or The Sheepmount.
• The skate park will be closed from 4.30pm on the day of the event.
• The Bitts Park play area, tennis courts and Urban Adventure will remain open as normal.
A special viewing area for people with disabilities including wheelchair users will be set aside on the Sheepmount Road. Up to two carers allowed on the viewing area per individual.
After the event has ended, those wanting to walk to the west of the city will be filtered to the right of Devonshire Walk (towards Caldewgate and the pedestrian crossing opposite the former Globe public house) and those wanting to walk into the city centre will be filtered to the left and will then be able access Castle Street across Castle Way (between the barriers opposite the Castle).
Visitors are asked to note that by the very nature of the event, smoke, noise, embers and mud underfoot, are inevitable. All are requested to be mindful of the risks and to come prepared for such eventualities: warm clothing and suitable footwear.
For safety reasons, no fireworks of any kind (including sparklers) are allowed into this event. Pets are also prohibited from the park: they should be kept safely at home to avoid any possible distress.
The sale of glow sticks and other fluorescent items should only be purchased from official sales staff based in and around the fairground.