Fabulous firework fiesta!
Running a fireworks event can seem
daunting - especially with large upfront costs and the potential to
have the masses descend. But, a well-organised event planned with
plenty of notice will not only raise awareness of your cause, but
will please the crowds too.
If there isn't a regular bonfire or fireworks night in your
community, take advantage of the profit potential! All ages -
adults and children - enjoy a fireworks event, so you really can
bring everyone together.
Case study: Firework fiesta
Friends of Pangbourne Primary School in
Berkshire have been running their 'Firework Fiesta' since
1997. Secretary, Karen Ward, shares the wisdom of
'The event was started by a parent mum whose husband did the
training for firework displays and he had a group of friends who
always helped. It has always been a school event, although we have
had valuable support over the years from our local Rotary and also
from the Lions, who regularly provide marshalls. We often have
teachers, governors and the head teacher on hand to support the
fundraising. On the day we have around 10-15 marshalls and another
20-30 people on the stalls and gates.
We are very lucky and grateful to have a parent dad who has
trained and run the display for us from the start. We get lots of
compliments every year and the display usually lasts for 20-25
minutes. We spend around £2,000 on professional grade fireworks. St
John's Ambulance costs around £200 per event. These are the main
We have a large bonfire which is usually lit 30 minutes before
the fireworks and has to die down before the fireworks can start.
As the event date nears, wood tends to just arrive! Families,
businesses with wood and pallets all come forward - we have had
whole sheds donated over the years! We get the wood delivered as
late a possible/on the morning of the event, however, it never
works that easily and we always have to move it around. It takes
around three hours to build the bonfire and the Brownies or Guides
often supply a Guy to go on top! The biggest thing with a bonfire
on the school site is clearing the debris the next day when the
embers have cooled down. All the ash/metal workings needs to be
raked and removed from the school field and put into bins. This can
be a very long job depending on how many volunteers help the day
after the event. Luckily the grass does recover in time for Sports
Our barbeque is very successful and we sell West Berkshire Beer
each year, mulled wine and soft drinks which go down well. We did
try selling jacket potatoes one year, however they were difficult
to eat standing up, needed cutlery and were generally less
successful. Glow toys and a tombola contribute towards profits too.
We run some games for children to keep them entertained before the
firework display starts. One year we also had a fire spinner
demonstration, which went down a storm!
We have introduced Paypal to take payments for tickets online
which has made the process much easier. We have always sold
advanced tickets for less than payment on the day - £10 for adults,
£7.50 for age 12 and over and FREE for children under 12. We make
roughly £5,000 profit each year.'
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