Oldham's free bonfire is 'Back with a Bang!'

Date published: 06 October 2021

Oldham's annual bonfire will return this year on Thursday, 4 November.

Following a break due to Covid, this year’s event will return to its home on Oldham Edge Playing Fields (Henshaw Street, Oldham OL1 3EN).

Final arrangements are underway for what promises to be one of the biggest, loudest and most colourful events of the year – including fire-themed entertainment and a fireworks display from former UK champions Fantastic Fireworks.

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

“We know people missed it last year as the event is always is hugely popular – even if the weather isn’t that good.

“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 when you can come to our 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.”

During bonfire season, 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 emergency services.

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

As in previous years, demand for spaces is expected be high so you are advised to use public transport where possible.

There is no spectator parking available at the bonfire site.

To find your nearest car park, visit www.oldham.gov.uk/parking

The following are not allowed on site: 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.

You are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear on the night.

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