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Event Location: Bitts Park
This year’s Carlisle Fireshow will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
The United States' Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon, on 20 July 1969.
The Bitts Park Fireshow will be held on Saturday 2 November and is set to be another sparkling Carlisle event not to be missed!
The centre piece of the 40-foot bonfire will be a giant moon with a curved façade with a video projection of planet Earth. More than 2,000 spectacular sparkling fireworks will also light up the sky.
It will be the 32nd Fireshow event staged by Carlisle City Council and is organised in conjunction with Merlin Fireworks Ltd.
Pre-entertainment for the event will start at 6.30pm and the Bitts Park bonfire lit at 7pm. A fairground will be open between 5pm and 9pm on Castle car park (formerly known as Devonshire Walk car park).
The event will be hosted by BBC Radio Cumbria’s Caroline Robertson. Caroline currently presents the radio station’s mid-morning programme.
Admission is free. A charity collection will be held with all donations going towards the Rotary Club of Carlisle South, (which donates most of its fundraising efforts to local good causes) and the Mayor’s Charity Fund (CFM’s Cash for Kids, Guide Dogs UK and Jigsaw Children’s Hospice). Volunteers will be holding charity buckets on the entrance to the event and organisers are asking the Fireshow’s adult spectators to consider giving at least £2 each.
Carlisle Fireshow is a family event and no alcohol will be permitted on site or within the fairground in Castle car park (formerly known as Devonshire Walk car park).
More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the City Council event.
The following temporary traffic arrangements will apply throughout the day (Saturday 2 November):
A special viewing area for people with disabilities including wheelchair users will be set aside on the Sheepmount Road. Up to two carers allowed on the viewing area per individual.
After the event has ended, those wanting to walk to the west of the city will be filtered to the right of Devonshire Walk (towards Caldewgate and the pedestrian crossing opposite the former Globe public house) and those wanting to walk into the city centre will be filtered to the left and will then be able access Castle Street across Castle Way (between the barriers opposite the Castle).
Visitors are asked to note that by the very nature of the event, smoke, noise, embers and mud underfoot, are inevitable. All are requested to be mindful of the risks and to come prepared for such eventualities: warm clothing and suitable footwear.
For safety reasons, no fireworks of any kind (including sparklers) are allowed into this event. Pets are also prohibited from the park: they should be kept safely at home to avoid any possible distress. The sale of glow sticks and other fluorescent items should only be purchased from official sales staff based in and around the fairground.
Photo: ©Stuart Walker Photography
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