Bonfire and firework events in Salford 2021

Bonfire and fireworks in Salford

Salford skies are set to sparkle this autumn with roaring bonfires and dazzling displays of fireworks.

This year, Salford City Council is hosting three exciting events, for Salford residents to enjoy and they’re all free! We’re also continuing the popular tradition of family funfairs with rides suitable for children and adults of all ages. Alongside the two main bonfire and firework events we’re presenting the popular Little Sparks in the Parks, an additional teatime ten-minute sparkling firework show for families with young children.

Please note there is no public parking at either venue and only limited parking for Blue Badge holders so where possible please arrive on foot or by public transport. To plan your journey, please use Transport for Greater Manchester.

Friday 5 November 2021

Buile Hill Park Bonfire and Fireworks, 5.30pm to 9pm

Eccles Old Road, Eccles M6 8GL

  • 5.30pm: Gates open for Little Sparks event and funfair open
  • 6.30pm: Little Sparks in the Park, a ten-minute, lower noise show suitable for families with young children (under 8)
    Please note that the best gate for Little Sparks is Gate C on Weaste Lane opposite the school
  • 7pm: Bonfire lit
  • 7.30pm: Firework display (lasts approximately 20 minutes)
  • 9pm: Gates close

Frequently asked questions for Buile Hill Park Bonfire and Fireworks

Access 

How do I get to the event site?

Buile Hill Park is on Eccles Old Road at M6 8GL. Please use any of the main three pedestrian access gates. Gate A is opposite Manor Road. This is a well-lit entry point. You can also access the site via gate B at the top of Weaste Lane (at the junction with Eccles Old Road) and gate C on Weaste Lane opposite the school.

Please see the map below for more access details including bus numbers to reach the site from different directions. You can also download a map at the bottom of the page.

Map of Buile Hill Park

Bus details:

Eccles Old Road: 34, 34A, 67, 67A and 100
Seedley Road/Langworthy Road: 10, 34, 34A, 36, 37, 38, 52, 70 and 745
Weaste Lane/Tootal Road: 10 and 52

Where can I park?

There is no public parking available so please arrive on foot or by public transport. To plan your journey, please use Transport for Greater Manchester. The nearest Metrolink station is Weaste.

Is there any accessible parking available to Blue Badge permit holders?

Due to the nature of the site, there is limited specific disabled parking available. Please arrive early via main park entrance. You will need to show a Blue Badge permit at the gates.

Is the site accessible for wheelchairs and push chairs?

The park has pathways suitable for both. Inside the event area you can view the fireworks from these pathways. Food vendors are situated along these pathways too. Please note although the event is floodlit in areas, some spots are darker or have lower light levels.

I’m dropping off teenagers, is there a drop off point?

No, if you are dropping off young adults, arrange with them in advance a place and time where you can meet them after the event. Remember that after the show, Eccles Old Road will be very busy. Make sure they have fully charged phones on them before they leave home.

Refreshments, rides and toilets​

Will refreshments be available?

Yes, a selection of hot and cold food and drinks will be available. Please note that separate charges apply.

How much are the funfair rides?

Tickets cost £2.50 and one ticket is required for each children’s ride and two tickets for an adult ride.

Will there be toilet facilities on site?

Yes, there will be portaloos (including accessible units) available on the event site.

Health and safety 

Do I need to show proof of COVID vaccination or take a test to attend the event?

To help keep everyone safe at our bonfires, we’re asking you to do a COVID lateral flow test on the day and only attend our events if you test negative. You can order home test kits at or collect them from our leisure centres, libraries in Gateways or pharmacies, or you can visit one of our rapid test centres.

How can I avoid losing my child in the crowd?

There will be free wristbands for parents to write their mobile number inside before putting it around their children’s wrist. This will help reunite people more quickly. Collect your wristbands from points close to all three entry gates as well as the lost children point.

Are there First Aiders on site?

Yes, a team of paramedics are on duty throughout the event. Please speak to a uniformed steward if you need help or medical assistance.

Can I bring sparklers?

We would prefer you not to bring sparklers and we strongly advise you not to give lit sparklers to young children to hold. Discarded wire on site may cause harm to wildlife in the park.

Can I bring my dog?

Bonfire night can be a traumatic time for dogs due to the crowds and noise of the fireworks. If you do wish to bring your dog to the event, please ensure they are on a lead for their safety and the safety of all attendees. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Is the site very busy?

Yes, the site can be very busy and crowded especially around bonfire and funfair rides. Capacity at this site is around 14,500 people. There are spots on site that are less busy where you can still view the fireworks.

Are the fireworks loud?

Some children are sensitive to any firework bursts. As a parent, you can choose where to stand on site that best suits your child’s tolerance to loud or sudden noise.

Security

Will there be a bag search at the entry gates?

Yes, so please be prepared to allow bag searches on arrival.

What items might be removed from my bags or not allowed on site?

Please don’t bring fireworks, alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, blades or anything in a glass bottle or container to the site. The gate steward will refuse you entry if you are in procession of these items.

What security arrangements are in place?

The event is stewarded and managed by Security Industry Association (SIA) qualified event staff responsible for keeping you safe on site. The stewards have the authority to refuse you entry to the event site for the following reasons.

  • Site reaches maximum capacity.
  • You have items on you considered harmful to others
  • You are under the influence/effects of drugs or alcohol
  • You are acting suspiciously or aggressively
  • You are accompanied by animals
  • The site is closed or closing

Great Manchester Police have a base on site and may patrol the event site.  

Timings

What time do the gates open?

The gates will open at 5.30pm for funfair rides and the Little Sparks event

When should I arrive for Little Sparks?

Gates are open from 5.30pm. Please allow plenty of time to ensure you are not too late to see the fireworks, allowing time for entry

What time does the Little Sparks fireworks start?

The Little Spark fireworks display is scheduled to start at 6.30pm promptly (unless we have any emergency outside of our control). The show last 10 minutes and is suitable for children under 8 years old.

What time is the bonfire lit?

7pm.

What time is the main firework show, and how long does it last?

The main firework show is at 7.30pm and lasts approximately 20 minutes.

What time does the site close?

The site closes at 9pm.

Weather related

Is there any shelter available?

No. The funfair and all viewing of the fireworks are outside. Please dress appropriately for the forecast weather conditions and wear suitable footwear.

Will the event run if it rains or is windy?

Yes - we expect the event to take place regardless of weather conditions unless winds are outside the safe limits for the firework show. Please dress appropriately for the conditions on the night. 

Other questions 

Can I bring my drone?

No, drones are not permitted on site and will be confiscated.

Please note that photographs taken by Salford City Council staff at this outdoor public event will be published, posted and streamed from the site via social media platforms.

Is the event free?

Yes, this event is free to the public thanks to the support from lots of organisations across the city.

A voluntary bucket collection takes place at the main entry gates. This is in aid of the Ceremonial Mayor’s Charity and funds go toward local charities so your contributions are greatly appreciated.

We are grateful for the support from these organisations who help to provide these safe, family friendly events:

Saturday 6 November 2021

Irlam Bonfire and Fireworks, 5.30pm to 9pm

Prince’s Park, Liverpool Road, Irlam M44 6BJ

  • 5.30pm: Site and funfair opens
  • 7pm: Bonfire lit
  • 7.30pm: Firework display (lasts approximately 20 minutes)
  • 9pm: Site closes

Frequently asked questions for Irlam Bonfire and Fireworks

Access 

How do I get to the event site?

Prince’s Park is on an open site off Liverpool Road in Irlam at M44 6BJ. The park is not fenced.

Where can I park?

There is no public parking available and only Blue Badge Holders can park at the leisure centre car park. To plan your journey, please use Transport for Greater Manchester.

Is the site accessible for wheelchairs and push chairs?

The site can be muddy and fireworks can be seen from park pathways and kerbside.

I’m dropping off teenagers, is there a drop off point?

No, if you are dropping off young adults, arrange with them in advance a place and time where you can meet them after the event. Remember that after the show, Liverpool Road will be very busy. Make sure they have fully charged phones on them before they leave home.

Refreshments, rides and toilets

Are refreshments available?

Yes, a selection of hot and cold foods and drinks will be available. Please note that separate charges apply.

How much are the funfair rides?

Tickets cost £2.50 and one ticket is required for each children’s ride and two tickets for an adult ride.

Are there toilet facilities on site?

There are limited toilet facilities on site which are adjacent to event control in the car park.

Health and safety

Do I need to show proof of COVID vaccination or take a test to attend the event?

To help keep everyone safe at our bonfires, we’re asking you to do a COVID lateral flow test on the day and only attend our events if you test negative. You can order home test kits at or collect them from our leisure centres, libraries in Gateways or pharmacies, or you can visit one of our rapid test centres.

How can I avoid losing my child in the crowd?

There will be free wristbands for parents to write their mobile number inside before putting it around their children’s wrist. This will help reunite people more quickly. Collect your wristbands from the main access point to the site on the car park, near event control and the lost children point.

Are there First Aiders on site?

Yes, a team of paramedics are on duty throughout the event, please speak to a uniformed steward if you need help or medical assistance.

Can I bring sparklers?

We would prefer you not to bring sparklers and we strongly advise you not to give lit sparklers to young children to hold. Discarded wire on site may cause harm to wildlife in the park.

Can I bring my dog?

Bonfire night can be a traumatic time for dogs due to the crowds and noise of the fireworks. If you do wish to bring your dog to the event, please ensure they are on a lead for their safety and the safety of all attendees. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Is the site very busy?

Yes, the site can be very busy and crowded especially around bonfire and funfair rides. There are spots on site that are less busy, you can still view the fireworks from these spots. This site can be muddy and soft so please wear suitable shoes or boots.

Are these fireworks loud?

Some children are sensitive to any firework bursts. As a parent, you can choose where to stand on site that best suits your child’s tolerance to loud or sudden noise.

Security

Will there be a bag search?

No, the site is open to the public.

What items might be removed from my bags or not allowed on site?

Please don’t bring fireworks, alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, blades or anything in a glass bottle or container to the site.​ The gate steward will refuse you entry if you are in possession of these items.

Weather related

Is there any shelter available?

No. The funfair and all viewing of the fireworks are outside. Please dress appropriately for the forecast weather conditions and wear suitable footwear.

Will the event run if it rains or is windy?

Yes - we expect the event to take place regardless of weather conditions, unless winds are outside the safe limits for the firework show. Please dress appropriately for the conditions on the night.

Timings

What time does the event start?

The site and funfair opens at 5.30pm

What time is the bonfire lit?

7pm.

What time is the main firework show, and how long does it last?

The main firework show is at 7.30pm and lasts approximately 20 minutes.

What time does the event close?

The funfair stops operating at 9pm

Other questions 

Can I bring my drone?

No, drones are not permitted on site and will be confiscated.

Please note that photographs taken by Salford City Council staff at this outdoor public event will be published, posted and streamed from the site via social media platforms.

Is the event free?

Yes, this event is free to the public thanks to the support from lots of organisations across the city.

A voluntary bucket collection takes place at the main entry gates. This is in aid of the Ceremonial Mayor’s Charity and funds go toward local charities so your contributions are greatly appreciated.

We are grateful for the support from these organisations who help to provide these safe, family friendly events:

Important information

All events may be subject to change, including enhanced COVID regulations, so please keep checking back here regularly for further updates and check ahead before setting out to attend these events.

Supporters of the event

Working in partnership with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Greater Manchester Police (GMP) we provide these safe, family friendly events to help keep our communities safe. We support Greater Manchester’s ‘bang out of order’ campaign for the public to think before they act – as setting fires, throwing fireworks and making hoax calls will not be tolerated.

To ensure plenty of sparkle, these events are also kindly supported by a range of Salford partners in the city: ForHousing, MediaCityUK, Peel L&P, Pendleton Sixth Form, Pendleton Together Trust, Salford Community Leisure, Salix Homes, The Lowry and the University of Salford.

Help protect others

To help keep everyone safe at our bonfires, we’re asking you to do a COVID lateral flow test on the day and only attend our events if you test negative. You can order home test kits at or collect them from our leisure centres, libraries in Gateways or pharmacies, or you can visit one of our rapid test centres.

We urge people to attend an organised event, rather than have their own fireworks in the garden. It is much safer. And remember to keep pets indoors. Bonfire Night can be difficult for armed forces veterans as a number of reactions can be caused by hearing, seeing and smelling fire and fireworks.

For more information about bonfire safety, please visit the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service website.

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