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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 her experience: 

'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 costs.

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 Day!


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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Have you successfully run a fireworks event or bonfire night? We'd love to hear about it! Email the Let's Get Fundraising team!

The above is intended as guidance only. Community Inspired Ltd cannot be held responsible for any decisions or actions taken by a fundraising organisation, based on the guidance provided.

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