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Abbey Park firework display: Everything you need to know about Leicester's biggest bonfire event

There's now only a few days until Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes Night) and there's some spectacular celebrations set to take place across Leicestershire. This includes the city's official celebration at Abbey Park - which is Leicester's biggest bonfire and firework display. So, what can you expect from the big night?

Here's everything you need to know.

When is the event happening?

Abbey Park Bonfire and Firework Display will take place on Saturday, November 2. Gates will open at 5pm, with last admissions at 7.30pm.

What will there be to see and do?

You can look forward to a fun-packed programme of events for all ages. A quiet firework display for younger visitors will take place early in the evening, before the bonfire and dazzling main display light up the skies above the city.

There will be stage entertainment, including live music and - new for this year - the Lords of Lightning show, featuring a performer shooting million-volt bolts of lightning from his body.

The Lords of Lightning will be at the Abbey Park Fireworks Display

The high-voltage Frequency Rider show will see a performer on a podium, controlling music frequencies via a Tesla coil - a type of electrical transformer circuit - to create a choreographed live display harnessing light and sounds accompanied by a high intensity soundtrack. There will also be a funfair and plenty of hot food stalls.

What are the timings for the event?

5pm: Gates open (last admission at 7.30pm) 6pm: Live music from Groove and the Bathtub Pings

6.35pm: Lords of Lightning show 6.45pm: Children's fireworks display, followed by lighting the bonfire 7pm: Live music from Groove and the Bathtub Pings

7.40pm: Stage entertainment from BBC Radio Leicester's Jimmy and Summaya 7.50pm: Lords of Lightning show 8pm: Main fireworks display

8.25pm: Live music from Groove and the Bathtub Pings 9pm: Event ends

How much are tickets and where can I get them?

Advance tickets are now available for the event, offering up to 40 per cent discount on the prices at the gate. They are available from the De Montfort Hall website or by calling the box office on 0116 233 3111.

The deadline to buy tickets online is Wednesday, October 30. Tickets will only be available after this time in person. Tickets are also available at the Visit Leicester shop on Gallowtree Gate in the city centre.

Abbey Park firework display: Everything you need to know about Leicester's biggest bonfire eventAbbey Park Fireworks in 2018

Advance tickets cost GBP6 for adults, GBP4 for under 16s and other concessions, while family tickets for up to two adults and two children cost GBP16.

Children under four get in for free. Tickets on the gate will cost GBP8 for adults, and GBP5.50 for under 16s and other concessions. No family tickets will be available for sale on the gate.

Are there any parking restrictions during the event?

There is no car parking in Abbey Park, Abbey Park Road, St Margaret's Pastures car park or the surrounding areas during the event, and visitors are encouraged to use public transport, walk or cycle to the event, using the bike parks on site.

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Abbey Park is a short walk from the city centre car parks.

More information on public transport is available from Travel Line on 0871 200 2233.

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