Oldham Council’s free bonfire is Back with a Bang!

Oldham's bonfire returns Published: Thursday, 05th October 2023

Our Big Bang Bonfire is back for its 11th year on Thursday 2 November – and everyone is invited to come along and join in the fun.

The largest event of its kind in the borough is set to return to its home on Oldham Edge Playing Fields (Henshaw Street, Oldham OL1 3EN).

Final arrangements are currently underway for what promises to be one of our biggest and most colourful bonfire events ever – including a thrilling fire and light show and firework finale from UK champions Fantastic Fireworks.

The event will kick off at 5pm where visitors can take advantage of a fairground and food stalls, followed by the official bonfire lighting at 6pm. The evening will conclude with fantastic fireworks display at 7pm.

Keep an eye out on our website here, as well as our social media accounts, for the latest updates on the performance line-up.

Councillor Arooj Shah, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “I’m delighted to be able to say the Big Bang bonfire is back this year better than ever.

“This year we’ll have another spectacular line-up of free entertainment, fireworks and flames for all the family to enjoy.

“Why go to the trouble of buying your own fireworks, which can be expensive, when you can come to our fun and safe family event? You’ll be able to see top class entertainment, including some of the best fire display and fireworks professionals in the country, all within a safe and controlled environment.”

At this time of year, the Council works alongside the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and partners to keep people safe from fires, injuries and nuisance.

The Big Bang Bonfire helps to ease the extreme pressure that can be put on our emergency services.

You are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear and asked to discard any rubbish in the bins on site or take it home to dispose of.

The following are not allowed on site and will be confiscated; alcohol, gazebos, fires, barbecues, fireworks, sparklers or any naked flames.

Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult, and attendees are asked that they don’t bring their dogs, except for assistance dogs, on site.

Free parking will be available in all council-owned town centre car parks, on-street pay and display parking bays and Spindles car park from 3pm on the day.

As in previous years, we expect demand for spaces will be high, so you are advised to use public transport where possible.  Please note that the Old Leisure Centre car park on Rock Street will not be available on the day and Lord Street will be closed from 3pm from its junction with Rock Street to Yorkshire St.

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