THE Carlisle Fireshow kicks off this evening (Saturday) and promises to pack a firework and music show, bonfire, and festival village, into an evening of free entertainment.

The event, which is organised in conjunction with Merlin Fireworks, will be the 34th Fireshow event to be held in Bitts Park and is the biggest event in the region, according to the council.

Here are the details...

When and where is it on?

The Carlisle Fireshow 2023 will be held in Bitts Park, Carlisle on Saturday, November 4, starting at 6.30pm.

How much does it cost?

The event is free! But organisers Cumberland Council have asked visitors to dig into their pockets and support local charities. All donations go towards the Rotary in Carlisle (which donates most of its fundraising efforts to local good causes), and the Great North Air Ambulance, as well as the Mayor of Carlisle Cllr Abdul Harid’s chosen charities - Cash for Kids, Carlisle Foodbank and Carlisle One World Centre.

What will it include?

There will be a huge bonfire and more than 2,000 fireworks, set to music, will also light up the sky.

The show will celebrate Cumbria, the communities, and the area, looking at the landscape, history, natural world and industry of the Cumberland area.

On the day of the Fireshow, there will be no fairground and Castle car park (formerly known as Devonshire Walk car park) will change into a ‘Fireshow Village’, offering food and family entertainment to families attending the Fireshow between 5pm and 8.30pm.

Anything else?

Carlisle Fireshow is a family event, and no alcohol will be permitted on site or within the Fireshow Village in Castle car park.

There is a small chance of rain on the evening. Luke Leathers, Fireshow event manager, advised people to come prepared for any weather and to arrive by 6.30pm.