3rd November 2018

New location for the event under review

Saturday November 3rd 2018
Gates open 5.00 p.m. Bonfire lit at 5.30 & the Fireworks show starts at 6.30.
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A letter of thanks in appreciation of our supporters over the past years.

What a grand finale for Fireworks in Hemingford, at its present site, on November 4! The huge bonfire seemed even bigger than last year, it was. And the fireworks spectacular? A M-A-Z-I-N-G! Food, drink, roundabouts and the Music Man combined to deliver our mission of “fun for all the family”.

Did you support us in any way over the past fifty plus years? Yes? Then we want you to stand up……. go on, no one is watching. Raise your right hand [left hand if you are a lefty] reach over your left [right] shoulder and give yourself a pat on the back as a thank you from us.

You helped us build the bonfire; donated time to sell tickets through your business; volunteered to plan and deliver the event; designed ads and posters, publicised the event and helped on the site. You cleaned up the field when everyone had gone. Most importantly you bought tickets; came to the event from across the United Kingdom and the Hemingfords of course. We were reminded that in many cases three generations of families have been attending over its fifty plus years.

You also helped us raise lots of money which we in turn have donated to many charities, local not-for profits and service groups.

Why was this a possible finale? Four committee members are retiring [average age seventy-nine] including Derek who has been a committee member since the beginning! And, yes, we are also looking for a new site. Please get in touch with us if you would like to help and for more information.

In the meantime, thank you again most sincerely for your support. On behalf of Fireworks in Hemingford,

Leon, Derek, Daren, Theresa, John, Andy, Martin and Avril
The 2017 Committee

“The Bonfire is set; Fireworks ready for firing, all it needs is YOU!”

HEMINGFORD GREY – October 30, 2017
The 2017 ”Fireworks in Hemingford” event is just a few days away. The bonfire is huge and ready to be lit. The fireworks will have an extra WOW factor.

There is food! T & S Thomas the award-winning butchers are serving up a hog roast, chips, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. 1st Needingworth Scouts are back serving hot dogs, hamburgers and baked potatoes with, or without, fillings. The mulled wine tradition continues served by the volunteers of Hemingfords Football Club while the local pub, the Axe and Compass serves both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Get into the queue early! The Harris’s funfair is there for the kiddies to enjoy.

The annual spectacular show and bonfire and will be held in the Big Field off London Road, St Ives this Saturday, November 4th. The gates open at 5p.m. Come and enjoy the family fun. Village volunteers organize the event which raises funds for local charities and not-for-profit groups. It also facilitates local service groups to raise funds for their own cause.

Come rain or shine the show will go on.
For more information contact, info@fireworksinhemingford.uk. 

“A Very Spectacular Finale …”

HEMINGFORD GREY – September 11, 2017
We are sad to announce that it will be the finale for the Fireworks in Hemingford event to be held in the Big field off London Road St Ives on Saturday November 4, 2017. The event has been held for over fifty years and more than twenty at this site. Four committee members are retiring too, and one in particular who was instrumental in starting it all those years ago is calling it a day. No price increases, no health and safety issues or insurance costs are the reason for our decision, just we are ageing volunteers and our time has come to retire.

We do not want the event to “die” but need a new village site and volunteers to keep it going for another fifty years. Should you know of an alternative site and or be willing to volunteer, please contact us on the email below.

The loyalty of our supporters, ticket sellers, service groups and volunteers have given us over the years has been awesome. This site finale will be an extravaganza of fireworks and, as usual, a big bonfire to warm the night. There will be food and drinks, children’s funfair and music for all to enjoy. Tickets will be available from the beginning of October at our usual outlets. All information needed will be posted on our website and Facebook.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone and raising lots of money to give away to local not-for-profit groups, charities and service groups, for the last time. Saturday November 4, 2017, gates open at 5p.m. Come, celebrate our success and enjoy the family fun.

For more information contact, info@fireworksinhemingford.uk.

  • Tickets are selling quickly,find a ticket seller at a location near you from the list below. Individual Tickets are also sold at the gate!
  • Get your food early to avoid disappointment.
  • Tim and Sharon of T & S Thomas, the Award winning Godmanchester butchers will be serving up the hog roast along with chips, teas   coffee and hot chocolate.
  • 1st Needingworth Scouts are serving hot dogs, hamburgers, baked potatoes with fillings.
  • Hemingford Football Club has its famous mulled wine on offer.
  • The Axe and Compass offer alcoholic beverages and soft drinks.
  • The Funfair offers that timeless fairground favourite, candy floss.

For more information about the event:

Web: www.fireworksinhemingford.uk     E: info@fireworksinhemingford.uk 

Fireworks in Hemingford

Email:  info@fireworksinhemingford.uk

We hope you like our new website. It’s thanks to the support of so many people that Fireworks in Hemingford continues to flourish and support local service groups and charities. It has quite a remarkable story. 

Over fifty years ago a small group of village volunteers started to hold a bonfire and fireworks evening, as was traditional all over the country. It has continued to this day. It continues to be run by a small group of volunteers. 

It is a pure unadulterated indulgence of the bonfire builders, pyrotechicians [competent fireworks people], organisers, service groups, fun-fair and ticket sellers who come together every year to put on the event. 

We welcome thousands of youngsters of all ages who just love the crackle and heat of the bonfire and whoosh-flash-bang of the rockets. Visitors and groups come from all over the country. And we cannot hear enough of the compliments paid the event which spurs on the volunteers to make it a “must attend” event year after year. 

Come and join us for an evening of family pleasure.


ATTENTION! Please do NOT bring sparklers, glass bottles or cans. The event is held in a farm field where sheep will be grazing shortly after the event. All garbage should be taken home or put into bins provided on the field.

Supporters of the event are:

  • Fireworks by Cambridge Fireworks www.cambridgefireworks.com
  • Bonfire and site courtesy of Geaves Farm.
  • Cambridge Filmworks www.cambridgefilmworks.com
  • Harris's Funfair for the young and young at heart.
  • 1st Needingworth Scouts.
  • Waitrose Community Matters.
  • Huntingdon Community Radio 104 FM.
  • Music and PA by John Hughes.
  • Mulled wine by Hemingford Football Club.
  • The Axe and Compass pub on-site also providing soup and raising funds for the RNLI.
  • 73 Huntingdon Sqn., Air Training Corp look after your parking needs.
  • Cromwell Explorer Scouts marshal the restricted areas on-site.
  • St John Ambulance are on-site to take care of any health issues.
  • Hemingfords’ Regatta volunteers attend to the entrance gate and help clear the field after the event.
  • St Ives Rowing Club help clean up too.
  • MAGPAS “shake the can” around the St Ives pubs and on the bridge.
  • David Smith St Ives Ltd.


If you are a blue badge holder please make it known to the parking marshals and you will be directed to a parking area closer to the entrance. For those in wheel chairs or with limited mobility we cannot guarantee that the site will be dry enough to move around on. We do have parking in a field adjacent to the event field where the fireworks can be viewed. If you have any questions please contact us by e-mail or phone.

We are proud supporters of Young Carers, Carers Trust, St Ives and this year, Papworth Trust, Saxongate, Huntingdon.

Website by:  POLAR the web people


Family [2 + 3]  £10.00   - Advance purchase saving only

Adult 16 +         £5.00

Child                     £2.00

Ticket Sellers

Hemingford Grey

  • Hemingford Stores

Hemingford Abbots

  • Axe and Compass


  • Post Office


  • Ash’s Shop – Nisa
  • Post Office


  • T & S Thomas the butcher
  • STANJAY Fishing tackle and trophies


  • Huntingdon Community Radio 104 FM, Saxongate 


  • Johnsons Farm Shop


  • Medway Fisheries

St Ives

  • Cambridge Building Society
  • Costcutter, Ramsey Road
  • Curiosity Gallery, Market Hill
  • Genesis Hair and Beauty
  • Gibbs and Dandy
  • Jones Boat Builders Boatyard
  • Optimum Beauty
  • Yorkshire Building Society

London Road, near the bridge, St. Ives, Cambs PE27 5ER

Press Releases


Fireworks time! Save £6.00 with the Family Ticket

HEMINGFORD GREY – October 4, 2016
It’s that time of year again for the area’s biggest bonfire and spectacular fireworks display. Come and join us for an evening of family pleasure, Saturday November 5, in the Park Field off London Road St Ives, PE27 5ER. Gates open at 5.00 p.m. the bonfire lit at 5.30 p.m. and the fireworks at 6.30 p.m. We are local volunteers raising money for good causes.

Tickets are now on sale across the St Ives area, as well as Somersham, Oldhurst, Brampton, Huntingdon, Godmanchester and Fenstanton. Check our website for the one nearest you. Ticket prices remain unchanged. Save £6 by purchasing in advance the £10 family ticket for two adults and three children. The single adult ticket is £5 and child £2. Single tickets are sold at the gate on the night.

“Yummy refreshments are served too!” as families feed back to us their pleasures of the evening! Refreshments are provided by various service groups raising funds for their causes and contributing to ours.