Display promises a festive band for all

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury | Attractions | Published:

Shrewsbury’s main fireworks display, which had to be postponed twice due to flooding, is back with a bang - and this time with a “festive twist”.

The annual Shrewsbury bonfire and fire works at the West Mids Showground

Two previous attempts at the Greenhous West Mid Showground fell victim to the weather but organisers are hoping their charity Christmas Firecracker will more than make up for it on December 7.

The event will feature a sound-sensitive first fireworks display, ideal for families with young children, and will be followed by a second event which promises a great deal more bang.

Visitors will be able to stay for both displays should they wish and any outstanding tickets for the earlier rain-affected events will be valid for the Firecracker.

Jan Forrest, showground manager, said: “We were desperately disappointed to call off the two earlier displays but there really was no alternative - the weather was absolutely appalling and the ground was just too wet.

“But we don’t want to let anyone down, so we have arranged the Christmas Firecracker.

“The gates will open at 3pm with the first display taking place at 5.15pm and the second at 6.45pm.

“There will also be a funfair, free children’s sparkler area, a live music stage, plenty of food and drink options on offer, along with some extra festive twists.

“Tickets are available now and anyone who bought tickets for the earlier shows and not applied for a refund can use those tickets to get in on the day.


“It will be possible to pay on the gate but buying tickets in advance will mean beating the queues - we are anticipating a lot of people coming along.

“It promises to be a great evening’s entertainment but remember to make a note of the earlier start times for the firework displays.”

Tickets are £10 adults, £5 children aged between six and 16, while under fives are admitted free.

Family tickets are available at £25, which include two adults and three children. To buy tickets, go to or search West Mid Showground on Facebook.

Proceeds from the event go to the Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society’s charity, The Rural Charity, which makes donations to various groups and organisations over the year, as well as ensuring the West Mid Showground continues to play a vital part in contributing to the local economy.

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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