Drive-in fireworks spectacular to take place at Peterborough showground

A drive-in fireworks display will take place at Peterborough East of England Showground on November 7.

By Mark Edwards
Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 4:00 am
A drive-in fireworks display will be held at Peterborough's Showground on November 7.
A drive-in fireworks display will be held at Peterborough's Showground on November 7.

Organisers say the display will be the largest in the county and will be socially distanced with stewards to ensure that all Covid-19 safety guidelines are followed.

The East of England Showground usually hosts an annual firework display which can attract up to 15,000 visitors.

Due to the current pandemic organisers decided that the event could not go ahead in its usual format, but have now confirmed a drive-in display instead.

Event organiser Martin Allen said: “We are really excited to be able to provide our choreographed display to the residents of Peterborough.

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    “The Audience can view from a covid safe viewing area next to their car where they can shelter from the November weather if need be.

    “With the unique element of having the radio broadcasting directly to each vehicle it will enable everyone to engage with the event and enjoy the stunning display.”

    The event on Saturday, November 7, will see gates open at 5pm accompanied by a two-hour radio broadcast on 103.2 PCRFM with the station’s Kev Lawrence.

    A ‘high impact’ display will start at 6.30pm choreographed to music broadcast by PCRFM.

    PCRFM’s Kev Lawrence said: “I’m so pleased that a Covid safe display like this has been organised.

    “It’s been such a tough year for so many, especially children. And with many events being cancelled, it’s awesome that Peterborough families can load up the car and head out together for a night of safe firework fun.

    “It’ll probably be a night to remember for years and years to come - as it’s so unique.

    “And broadcasting the whole thing on PCR will give me the chance to keep everyone entertained and informed in the build up to the fireworks being launched.”

    Organisers Entertainment Effects Group Ltd said there will be a great view for the whole audience as the display is ‘an entirely aerial display’.

    The event will see visitors drive onto the site, have their tickets scanned by stewards wearing visors and gloves.

    Each car will be given a flyer with event specific details including site map, sponsors, FM radio frequency details, and charity details.

    This will reduce the need to contact stewards for questions, say organisers.

    Cars will then be directed to a parking space.

    Once parked everyone will need to stay within touching distance of their car.

    Stewards will be circulating to monitor that this is happening. Toilets will have monitored, two metre spaced, queuing systems and be cleaned regularly

    Tickets will be sold online through (1,000 tickets are available giving access to around 4,000 people)

    Cost: £25 per car, some £20 early bird tickets are available.