Hopetoun Bonfire and Fireworks Night, Saturday 3rd November
Now its in its fourth year the annual Bonfire and Fireworks Night at Hopetoun House is proving more popular than ever breaking all previous records for advance ticket sales. The event takes place at the stately home this Saturday but with only a limited number of tickets remaining the organisers are urging people to buy their tickets in advance.
Event Manager Suzan Caldwell wants to ensure that local families don’t miss out: “We hope to sell tickets on the night but due to such high demand this week we strongly urge anyone interested in coming to buy their tickets in advance as we cannot guarantee we won’t sell out before then. Due to the event’s popularity last year we have increased our capacity and put on even more entertainment but we have to limit the number of visitors to protect our grounds.”
For the first time Hopetoun Have introduced an E-Ticketing system via Ticketmaster which means that online tickets can be purchased until the day before and simply scanned on entry. Hopetoun Farm Shop in Newton is also selling tickets in-store and has experienced a huge demand for tickets selling over 1000 already this week.
The fireworks display is the responsibility of local company 21cc Fireworks who this week won a prestigious Industry Award at the Scottish VOW awards. Director of 21cc Jeff Crow says it takes two weeks of production meetings to arrange the Hopetoun event: ” We work closely with the events team at Hopetoun to develop the theme, the musical scripts, special effects and timings. The build on site takes two full days with over 5 and a half tons of equipment”. The company will also be revealing some exclusive new effects which they designed in China earlier this year specifically for Hopetoun.
Following the Olympic torch visit to Hopetoun House earlier this year the organisers have chosen a sporting theme for the event with former torch bearer John Beaton from South Queensferry having the honour of launching the display. The music will include some iconic sporting anthems and the display will include over 10,000 different effects.
Hopetoun Bonfire and Fireworks Night takes place on Saturday 3rd November. In addition to the fireworks display and the large bonfire there will be family entertainment, children’s rides and an assortment of hot food outlets including a Hopetoun Farm Shop Barbecue selling produce from the estate. Gates open at 4pm and fireworks commence at approximately 6.30pm. Adult tickets cost £10 and children tickets are £6. Children aged 3 and under enter for free. For more details visit http://www.hopetoun.co.uk/fireworks-night.html