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Council sheds more light on event to replace Bromsgrove's bonfire and fireworks

Tristan Harris 12th Oct, 2021 Updated: 12th Oct, 2021

MORE DETAILS have been released by Bromsgrove District Council about the ‘illuminating autumn celebrations’ which will replace this year’s annual bonfire and fireworks display.

The event at Sanders Park will run between October 28 and 31, boasting a free light trail and music, along with children’s rides and food stalls – which charges will apply to.

Each day the fun for all ages will start at 5pm and run until 8.30pm.

The light trail will flow around the pathways in the centre of the park with the other entertainment and food stalls located around the café and car park area.

On the Saturday and Sunday, October 30 and 31, visitors can take part in a lantern walk from 6pm, alongside the additional live music and street theatre entertainment.

Visitors can bring their own lanterns or they can take part in lantern making activities running at the Pavilion inside the bowls green on October 28 and 29 at 10am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm.

There are limited spaces available, so residents are asked to book their space in advance by calling 01527 534030.

The sessions cost £3 per child and can be paid in cash on the day of the activity.

In line with the Sanders Park lights, Bromsgrove BirdBox will also be lighting up their space each night and will have food and drink on offer on the Friday and Saturday.

Last year the firework event was cancelled because of Covid, and officers have spent the last months exploring different options which are safer and accessible to more people. With increasing costs, security and public health issues in mind, council leaders made the decision to replace the usual bonfire evening with a free, sparkling celebration of autumn.

Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for leisure services, Coun Phil Thomas, said: “Covid figures across Worcestershire are currently quite high and at this time of the year getting seasonal bugs is not unusual either.

“As a council it would have been irresponsible of us to have put on the bonfire event which normally draws in large crowds, congregating in a smaller area.

“The light trail is set to be beautiful, there is more opportunity to enjoy it across a few days, it’s a safer outdoor event, and it’s free. It’s win-win all round.”

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