On Saturday 2 November, the St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular will light up the skies above Verulamium Park. This year’s fireworks display will be accompanied by a soundtrack which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, with space themed music and audio clips from the moon landing footage. The theme ties in with the Cathedral’s Space Voyage programme throughout October half term.

This ever-popular community fireworks display, produced by double winners of the British Fireworks Championships, Fantastic Fireworks, was started over 25 years ago in order to reduce firework accidents at home, and is organised by the Cathedral and local volunteer groups. It has raised over £750,000 for local and national charities and is sponsored by Debenhams Ottaway solicitors. This year’s nominated charities are The Hospice of St Francis and Youth Talk.

As well as fireworks and music, the Food Village will be serving a range of hot food and drinks, and bars will be supplying beers brewed by Tring Brewery along with mulled wine, cider and gin. The Abbot's Kitchen at the Cathedral will also be open until 10pm.

The Revd Canon Abi Thompson, Sub Dean at St Albans Cathedral, said, “We are so excited and proud to lay on the Fireworks event for our local community. It’s a great opportunity for everybody to get together, old and young, and enjoy a spectacular evening. It’s also a delight to be able to support such worthy local causes. Come along for a cracking good night!”

Lucy Hume, Joint Director of Fundraising at the Hospice of St Francis, commented, “As we celebrate 40 years of our Hospice care, we are delighted to be working with St Albans Cathedral and extremely grateful to have been chosen as the beneficiary charity this year. The Hospice of St Francis helps people to live their precious lives well throughout St Albans, Harpenden and the surrounding areas and so we are delighted to be here supporting local people tonight.”

Chief Executive of Youth Talk, David Barker, said “Youth Talk provides a lifeline for growing numbers of young people across St Albans and District who need help and support with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Our vital work relies on the generosity and goodwill of individuals and businesses across St Albans so we are delighted to be one of the nominated charities for this year’s Fireworks display. Thank you for helping us to make a difference to the lives of young people across St Albans.”

Tickets for the St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular are available from the Cathedral Box Office and the Alban Arena. 

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