Bonfire Night in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire: The top 10 events near to you
HALLOWEEN and Bonfire Night are just around the corner and with events being held across Stoke-on-Trent and beyond, there is plenty for families to look forward to.
But police and fire officers across Staffordshire are urging people to make sure their events leave only happy memories by following simple safety advice.
Police in Stoke have warned youngsters who are out trick or treating to “be aware of who they scare” as their behaviour could badly affect elderly and vulnerable residents. Householders can speak to their local officers to get some “No Trick or Treat” cards to display in windows or near their front door.
There is also a warning for those planning to hold their own fireworks parties, as the highest number of firework-related injuries occur at private events, according to a police newsletter.
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The brigade has run a hard-hitting campaign, Take Care and Be Aware, in recent years, featuring posters showing injuries caused by fireworks, particularly to young people. The service’s Operation Good Guy initiative, in partnership with the county council’s Trading Standards team, aims to spread the safety message and offer advice to those planning to use fireworks.
On its website the brigade warns: “It’s a fact that many accidents are caused by improper use of fireworks and by carelessness. Figures show more children rather than adults get hurt by fireworks.”
For the service’s full list of safety tips and advice, visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk and click on Home Safety and then Fireworks Safety.
The Fireworks Hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the run-up to Bonfire Night. Staffordshire residents can call 08454 02 03 34 for advice and information about fireworks.
Many of families will opt to go to an organised event this season, rather than hold their own, and there is plenty to choose from in Stoke and the surrounding area.
Whether it’s ghoulish good fun to mark Halloween or a dazzling firework display you are looking for, we’ve picked 10 of this season’s best events.
1) Spooks and spectres beware – paranormal investigators are inviting fearless residents to join them on a ghost hunt at Ford Green Hall on Wednesday, October 31. The four-hour search will begin at 8pm in the 17th-century farmhouse, which was formerly home to generations of the Ford family over 200 years. Unexplained noises, reports of a “presence” and strange lights are among the ghostly happenings that have attracted the interest of the investigators, who will be bringing along scientific equipment to detect any unearthly residents. To book tickets, visit www.paranormal-events-uk.co.uk.
Ford Green Hall, Ford Green Road, Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 1NG. Tel: 01782 233195.
2) Youngsters can drop in for some Halloween fun as the Ancient High House becomes the Haunted High House for a day on Saturday, October 27. The historic building, built more than 400 years ago, should provide the perfect backdrop for spooky activities - just come along if you dare between 10am and 4pm to take part in workshops, which are £3 per session.
Ancient High House, Greengate Street, Stafford, ST16 2JA. Tel: 01785 619619.
3) Parents can help their children make some tasty Halloween treats as Mitchell Arts Centre’s regular Make and Bake session gets a spooky twist. Visitors can spend a few hours decorating cakes and making crafts during the half-term event on October 31 from 11am-1pm. There is no need to book but families are urged to arrive at the drop-in session early as space in the venue’s café is limited. Fancy dress is optional. Visit www.mitchellartscentre.co.uk for more details.
Mitchell Arts Centre, Broad Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4HG. Tel: 01782 409307.
4) Have a haunting experience at Burslem Park and join staff and volunteers for a spooky selection of Halloween arts and crafts. The venue will be Burslem Park's enchanted Pavilion on Wednesday, October 31, from 3-5pm.
Burslem Park, Burslem Park Lodge, Moorland Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 1EA. Tel: 07787 005946.
5) Catch the Monster Train Ride at Amerton Railway for a truly memorable Halloween. Passengers will hear the tale of the Amerton Monster while onboard – and might even get closer than they expect as they feel his breath and see his large, glowing eyes… Ride behind the historic loco on the attraction’s one-mile track and enjoy the story on a special evening ride, which costs £3.99 per passenger.
Amerton Farm and Craft Centre, Stowe By Chartley, Stafford, ST18 0LA. Tel: 01889 270294.
6) Ticket sales are booming for Trentham Gardens’ fireworks display on November 2. The Italian Gardens and the mile-long lake will make a stunning setting for the spectacle, with visitors watching the show from the head of the lake. There will also be plenty of treats available at Delicious at the Lakeside Café, which is open late serving pizza, burgers, hot dogs, toffee apples and candy floss. If that isn’t enough Pieminister pies, fish and chips and a hog roast will also be on offer. The event will run from 5-8.30pm. Call the box office on 01782 646646 to book your tickets, which cost £6 in advance or £8 on the day. The event is held in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of North Staffordshire. Visit www.trentham.co.uk/trentham-gardens.
The Trentham Estate, Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 8AX. Tel: 01782 646646.
7) The City Central Library is the place to be for some cracking Bonfire Night tales and fantastic firework crafts on November 3 from 11am-noon. Organisers say “you can almost hear the crackle of the bonfire and the whoosh and the bang of rockets” as the story-telling and activities bring the excitement of Bonfire Night indoors. The event is suitable for ages seven and under and all children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.
City Central Library, Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3RS. Tel: 01782 238455.
8) Back for its tenth year, the Grand Firework Extravaganza at H&R Johnson Factory Outlet promises to dazzle and delight while raising much-needed funds for the Peter Pan Nursery and the University Hospital of North Staffordshire Charity. The event, on Saturday, October 27, will include a bonfire, Stanworths Fun Fair, refreshments and undercover activities. The display will take place in the Ravensdale Sportsfield, Tunstall, near the Johnson Tiles Factory. Advance tickets for adults cost £4, while children (three to 12 years) pay £1. Tickets at the gate cost adults £5 and children £1. Gates open at 5pm, the bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the fireworks begin at 8pm.
H & R Johnson Factory Outlet, Harewood Street, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 5JZ. Tel: 01782 524123.
9) There will be the chance to go for a candle-lit stroll and even test your nerve in a Halloween tunnel when Biddulph Grange Garden hosts its Autumn Bonfire and Fireworks Evening on October 27. Guests will be able to enjoy the gardens at the National Trust-run site before gathering by the bonfire to watch the fireworks explode over the grounds. There will also be a barbecue, refreshments available at the tea rooms until 7.30pm and each visitor will be given a sparkler to light before the display. Guests are advised to bring a torch and that booking is essential. Tickets are £6 or £4 for children and the event will run from 5.30-8pm. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/biddulph-grange-garden/ for more information.
Biddulph Grange Gardens, Grange Road, Biddulph, ST8 7SD. Tel: 01782 517999.
10) Cash raised from a spectacular fireworks display this weekend will help get young people off the streets and into work, says the mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme. The borough’s biggest ever display, on Sunday, October 21, at Lyme Valley Parkway, will be raising money for the New Vic Borderlines and the Realise Foundation. The gates open at 5pm, the display starts at 8pm and there will also be a fun fair on site. New fast track entrances are situated at Buckmaster Avenue in Clayton and London Road. Admission is £3.50 for adults, and youngsters aged over 12 and £1 for children younger than 12.
Lyme Valley Stadium, Lilleshall Road, Newcastle, Staffordshire, ST5 3BX.