What's on in Surrey this Bonfire Night and Hallowe'en
FROM firework displays and bonfires to the famous torchlight procession in Caterham, a range of events are planned in Surrey to mark November 5.
Last weekend saw one of the first celebrations with the Ripley Bonfire, complete with parade and Bonfire Queen.
Anna Tomkins, Visit Surrey CIC Project Manager, said: "Surrey, like most counties, has large number of events taking place, from the very large council-operated ones down to villages and schools.
"We have some very well known more traditional bonfires as well.
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"Both Brockham and Chiddingfold villages are very well-known for the size of the bonfires built.
"Ripley village is also well-known, and has a parade down the High Street with floats built by local schools, charities and organisations, together with a torch lit procession, all which leads to the bonfire sight and the lighting of the bonfire.
"The Epsom fireworks at Hook Road Arena are very well known for having some of the best displays of fireworks.
"While Guildford has a torch-lit procession from the Guildhall to Stoke Park, on Stoke Park will also be a large fun fair.
"Many of these all will attract thousands of people across Surrey and there are smaller ones also being held by local charities and organisations.
"It is a fantastic time of year and great to see so many local people coming out on an autumn evening to stand and watch the bonfire and fireworks."
And with Halloween kick-starting the traditions, we've picked out 10 highlights from in and around Surrey to either spook you or entertain you.
- Kingston Round Table and Kingston Rotary Club are promising to Light Up the sky with their event at Kingsmeadow Athletics and Fitness Centre. Designed to flow with the music, the show will be full of colour and noise, say the organisers. Before the show itself there will be children's funfair rides and food available on site. Advance tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children aged five to 11, and on the gate tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for children. The stadium will be open from 6.30pm with the last entry at 7.45pm.
- Farnham Round Table presents Farnham Fireworks Fiesta on November 3. The evening starts with a torchlight procession from Central car park on Victoria Road to Farnham Park, off Castle Hill, at 6.15pm. The bonfire will be lit at 7.15pm with fireworks at 7.45pm. Entry by ticket-only, with advance tickets costing £14 for a family, £5 for over 16s and £3 for a child aged five to 16. On the gate, tickets for over-16s are £6 and children aged five to 16 £4.
- Guildford Lions Club is holding its fiesta on November 5 with a torchlight procession from the High Street to Stoke Park at 7.45pm, with the fireworks starting at 8.30pm. The event is free, although a donation of £2 per had is requested to help cover cost and raise money for The Prostate Project , Guildford Action, KatCanDo and Disability Challengers.
- This year sees the 19th Woking Fireworks Extravaganza organised by Woking round Table. The theme for this year's event is James Bond, to mark 50 years of the iconic character. Taking place in Woking Park on November 3, gates and the funfair opens at 6pm, with the fireworks display starting at 8pm. The funfair closes at 9.30pm. Tickets are £6 on the gate for over-16s, £4 for children aged five to 16, free for children under five and £15 for a family ticket. Advance tickets are available from Woking Leisure Centre at £5 for over 16s, £3 for five to 16-year-olds and £12 for family.
- A firework display at Apps Court Farm, at Sunbury Lock takes place on November 3. The farm offers a range of activities including car boot sales, archery, fishing, camping, rallies, displays and has a helicopter pad. Doors open for Saturday's firework display at 4pm, with advance tickets available here
- Discover tales of hobgoblins and supernatural creatures on a spooky adventure at 18th century landscaped garden Painshill Park. Follow a trail to hunt for ingredients to make a potion in a giant cauldron and, if you dare, enter the Haunted Woods with giant spider webs, twig skeletons and talking trees. Suitable for children aged two to 13. Booking required.
- Chessington World of Adventures promises some Hallowe'en Hocus Pocus until November 4 with spooky family fun, rides in the dark and 'surprises round every corner'. Plus there's special events shows and interactive walks.
- Head for Crockford Bridge Farm Shop and pick your own pumpkin. The Pumpkin Patch is open daily until October 31 from 10.30am to 4.30pm. There's also a host of spooky events, with ghost stories, fancy dress competition, apple bobbing and trick or treat hunt. All children must be accompanied.
- A Hallowe'en party is to relaunch Beepy's Nightclub at the Lakeside Complex in Frimley Green on November 3. Fancy dress is optional but there's a prize for the best dressed. Doors open at 9pm with free entry before 11pm. Dresscode is smart casual and it's strictly for over 21s.
- See a spectacle of spooks and a coven of wicked witches in the Hallowe'en Grotto at Birdworld, open until November 4. There's also Halloween-themed shows, free craft activities and a Halloween trail daily until November 2 from 11am to 4pm. Normal admission charges apply.