St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular 2018

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On Saturday 3rd November, thousands of spectators at the annual St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular will be treated to a stunning display of fireworks, with a lively atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.

Held in Verulamium Park, the Fireworks Spectacular is the largest display in the area which continues to attract in the region of 20,000 people each year and is produced by double winners of the British Fireworks Championship, Fantastic Fireworks of Redbourn.  The display was started over 25 years ago as a way of reducing fireworks accidents at home and since then has raised over £750,000 for local and national charities.

The event is organised by St Albans Cathedral and a team of over 400 local volunteers including members of the congregation, its youth groups, local scout groups and members of the St Albans Lions Club and other local clubs and charities. All of this work is supported by Debenhams Ottaway Solicitors who are the event’s headline sponsor. Managing partner, Susan Glenholme, said: “We are delighted to be headline sponsors for the second year running at the St Albans Cathedral Fireworks Spectacular, which we consider to be one of the biggest and best events in St Albans. We are very proud to be raising money for two brilliant charities within our community”.

This year’s nominated charities are Herts Young Homeless (hyh)– a charity which works with vulnerable young people aged 16 to 24, who are homeless or threatened with becoming homeless. Kathryn Salmon, Head of Fundraising for hyh, said “We are delighted to have been chosen to be the beneficiaries of the Fireworks Spectacular. Funds allow us to continue our work with vulnerable people across Hertfordshire and we are grateful to have the opportunity to raise awareness of the work we do.”  

The second nominated charity is the Daylight Club, a social club which provides a safe space for adults with a range of physical disabilities to meet and participate in a range of activities and workshops. Speaking of being one of this year’s chosen charities a representative of the Daylight Club said “Being supported in this way means a lot to members of the club as it means we can continue to provide a service they need at a reasonable cost and they can continue to make friends and have fun.”  The Revd Dr Kevin Walton, Canon Chancellor at St Albans Cathedral, said “St Albans Cathedral is delighted to be organising this huge community spectacle, which has become such a great success, and we are glad this year to be able to support the work of Herts Young Homeless and the Daylight Club. We look forward to welcoming thousands once again.”

In addition, there will be a Food Village providing plenty of food and drink  – with street food outlets, burgers and hot dogs. The bars, for the first time this year, are provided by Tring Brewery.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the night. Alternatively, if tickets are bought in advance you could save up to 30% when you buy through the Cathedral Box Office on 01727 890290 or or the Alban Arena Box Office on 01727 844488 or


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