TICKETS & INFO Fireworks
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As well as being a feast for the eyes and ears, this year's Fireworks Night will have food stalls and licensed bars to satisfy the tastebuds too. Gates open at 5.30pm; display is scheduled at 6.30pm.
Online ticket purchasing is now ended. Please refer to the details below as to where to buy tickets in person.
This year it’s on a Sunday and, with it being a ‘school night’, the whole event is an hour or so earlier
than usual. Children will be entertained with the small fair, a plus the free glow sticks given away to children by Stephen Oakley Estate Agents. It’s always been a family display and the change of time aims to make it easier for those with young children.
The event is organised by The Olney Group (TOG). We asked the Chairman, Mark Luckin when they begin planning the event:
"We book the fireworks pretty much a year in advance. Planning for the event in earnest starts around late July, though it's earlier if changes are involved. For example, when we moved the firing area one field North, we talked with the fireworks company, the Council and the Sports Clubs very much in advance. TOG is a group of 6 or so people and we organise the events. We also have a group of volunteers we call on for help on the days. It's bit of work but when you see people enjoying themselves at an event you've had a part in organising, it's worth it."
Mark also told OlneyOnline about funding for the fireworks:
"Generally speaking, TOG makes enough money from Fireworks Night to run Raft Race and provide Santa's Grotto (for Santa and the Brownies to run) on the Market Square at Christmas. TOG is basically self funding and non profit making. Significant excess profit is donated to charities - e.g. Air Ambulance. The 'generally' hides significant variation, usually dependent on the weather on event days. Finally, we could not take on the financial risk of running Fireworks Night without a portion of it being underwritten by Olney Town Council. We've had to call on this just once in many years (when it rained and rained and rained), and are very grateful."
Tickets: Single: £5 on the gate, £4 advance/ Family: £11 on the gate, £9 advance
Advance tickets are also available from the Olney Centre Library, Stephen Oakley & Co, CT Wilson, McColl’s Newsagents and Orchard Press.