This year's Fireworks Spectacular is coming up on Tuesday 5 November at 5pm. Find out everything you need to know below.
Where is the event happening?
Chestnuts Field, behind Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, E17 4JF
What are the times of the event
The event starts at 5pm and finishes at 9pm. Fireworks start at 7.30pm
Do I need a ticket?
No, this is a free event and you don’t need to book in advance. However capacity is limited so we recommend you arrive as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Is there a last entry time?
We will close entry from 8.30pm. The fireworks will be over but the funfair and stalls are still open till 9pm. If we reach capacity before this time we will close the gates early.
What happens if it rains?
We’ll be going ahead come rain or shine, so do check the weather forecast so you can dress appropriately.
What is the nearest tube station?
The nearest train stations to Chestnuts Field are Walthamstow Central (Victoria Line, London Overground), and Wood Street (London Overground).
Which bus routes do I use to get to the event?
You can take bus routes 34/215/357/275/97/123. These either stop right outside Waltham Forest Town Hall, or Forest Road/Bell Corner.
Can I bring my bicycle to the event?
Yes, You are encouraged to cycle to the event, but you will not be able to bring you bike into the main field. There is cycle parking just outside. There will be a bike park available for guests to use, these are left at the owners own risk.
Is there any normal parking provided? If not, where is the nearest car park?
There is no public car park at the show. You are encouraged to walk, cycle or use public transport wherever possible.
If you are still considering driving to the event, please consider GoCarShare or Liftshare and help reduce carbon emissions to and from the event. Surrounding residential parking is extremely limited, so be prepared to have to park some distance away from site and please be mindful of local residents.
To help you find a suitable parking place that won’t impact on surrounding, businesses, residents or roads please visit Parkopedia or JustPark.
What are the parking restrictions for event?
We are expecting a high demand on local parking and strongly recommend that audiences travel by bicycle, on foot or use public transport. Parking will be prohibited in certain areas to ensure the safety of participants in the event and prevent any potential damage to vehicles. More details on road closures, parking suspensions to be updated shortly
How will the Town Hall car park be affected?
As part of the preparation and delivery of the event, there will be parking restrictions in place across the Town Hall Campus on the following days:
Monday 4 November
All parking around Sycamore House will be entirely suspended from 7am on Monday 4 November.
Tuesday 5 November
All cars across the whole Town Hall Campus need to be cleared from the car parks by 3pm on Tuesday 5 November. If your car is present after this time, you will receive a penalty charge notice, and your car will be removed from the site.
Limited Blue Badge parking will be available throughout Tuesday 5 November behind the Magistrates Court. This is accessible via Farnan Avenue, and is only to be used by those with a valid Blue Badge. Any Blue Badge parking found elsewhere on site will be subject to the above limitations.
If you have any questions, please contact the London Borough of Culture 2019 team. If you are Waltham Forest Council staff, and would like more information, please visit ForestHub.
Is there accessible parking available?
Yes - we will have a limited number of blue badge spaces available on a first come first served basis on the night. You must present a valid blue badge to gain entry. Entry for blue badge parking is via Farnan Avenue. No other entrance can be used.
Is there an accessibility entrance?
Yes – the accessibility entrance will be next to the main gates on Forest Road. Please head to one of the smaller pedestrian gates. You do not need to register in advance, however if you wish to pre-register please email London Borough of Culture 2019, before 1pm on Monday 4 November who will provide you with an e-ticket confirming you have been registered.
I am not able to queue. What can I do?
As above, please get in touch with us before 1pm on Monday 4 November, so we can best assist you to enjoy the event. Please email London Borough of Culture 2019.
What time do gates open?
Gates open at 5pm
Am I allowed to leave and re-enter the event?
Yes you can. The event will operate on a one in one out policy once the event space is full. If you leave the event you may have to queue to re-entry the site. Please bear this in mind if you are leaving family and friends inside the event space as you may have to wait to re-entry.
Is the show suitable for children and families?
Yes, this event is suitable for families and people of all ages. We ask that all children from the ages of 14 and under are supervised by an adult at all times. Wristbands will be issued for all children and vulnerable adults on entry gates and information points. These wristbands enable you to write your mobile number on, but not the child’s or vulnerable adult’s name, and attach to their wrist. This means we can reunite you much quicker if you become separated
I’m 16 years old, can I come without an adult?
Yes. We only require anyone 14 years and under to be accompanied by an adult.
Can I bring sparklers into the festival?
No for the safety of others, please do not attempt to bring sparklers into the site. The site is normally crowded and sparklers can cause burns to users and others.
Can I bring my dog or pet into the event?
No animals or pets are allowed into the festival area, except for registered assistance animals. We want to ensure that your animals are safe and are not distressed during the fireworks display itself. If you live nearby, please be aware that the fireworks display will start 7.30pm and last for approx 30 minutes. We would recommend that you take necessary precautions for your pet, and bring them inside for the duration of the event.
Is the show wheelchair accessible?
Yes – most of the town hall site is flat and easily accessible in good weather and the viewing area is on hard standing just above the field entrance. The food court and some of the other areas are all located on grass, so in wet weather these areas may get muddy, and might be difficult to access.
Will mobility scooters be allowed entry?
Yes, electric mobility scooters are permitted, these will be subject to a full search. Please be aware that the event is taking place on a grass field. Please note there are unfortunately no charging points available at this site.
Is there a viewing platform? Can I bring my Personal Assistant/companion(s)?
Yes – there will be a viewing area located near the ramps of the field. There is an accessible toilet within this space and a steward located at this point.
We do understand that you would like to have your friend and, family with you but we ask that you bring a maximum of two people with you and that they move out of the area if it becomes crowded so that other people with access requirements can use it as a priority. There will be some chairs available in this area.
The Accessible Viewing Area is a good alternative option for people needing vehicle drop offs (its located within a short walk from the blue badge parking area), seating, or a less crowded place to watch. This includes wheelchair users, older people or pregnant women. You may bring a folding chair into this area.
Will there be allocated seating available? What about those who find it difficult to stand for extended periods?
Some seating will be available around the site. Should you have any specific needs, please go to one of the main info point and we’ll do our best to help.
Are there accessible toilets?
Yes - accessible toilets are available at each of the toilet blocks on the site. All accessible toilets will be located as close to hard ground paths for easier access. There are also accessible toilets located at the viewing area.
Will there be gender neutral toilet provision?
How noisy are the fireworks?
As with most firework displays, ours can be noisy and goes off with a bang. If you or your children are sensitive to this, the display may not be suitable.
Are there any strobes?
Strobes may be used on some of the performances. If you have a history of adverse reactions to strobes we would not advise attending the event.
Will it be muddy?
This is a very large event that takes place on grass in November. It is very likely though that certain areas of the park may be muddy or wet. The chances of mud and wet ground are likely to increase if we have had inclement weather in the lead up to the display. Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.
Are there cash machines on site?
There are no cash machines on site, but there are machines on the way to the event on Forest Road. We advise you bring enough cash with you.
What food and drink is available at the event?
There will be a selection traders selling a range of hot food and drinks. There will also be a festival bar serving a range of alcoholic drinks and mulled wine and cider. No other alcoholic drinks of any kind may be brought onto the event sites. Bags and full body searches will be in operation and any unopened containers may be confiscated.
Why can’t I bring my own alcohol to the event?
There will be plenty of licensed bars across the event and a Challenge 25 policy will be in place.
If you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over when you buy alcohol at the show. If you are under 18 you are committing an offence if you attempt to buy alcohol. All bars accept the following forms of identification:
- Current UK Passport
- Current Driver’s License or Provisional License
- Validate UK
Can I bring my own food and drink to the event?
You may bring your own food into the event site. You are not permitted to bring opened/unsealed containers with soft drinks or water into the festival. You may bring sealed cans of soft drinks into the festival site. You can bring empty bottles sized 500ml or less to use at water refill points inside the festival. If you have a valid medical condition or need to bring babies milk, please email our the London Borough of Culture 2019 team.
Who is managing security at the event?
We work closely with the Metropolitan Police, Ambulance and Fire services to plan for security and safety at the event. On the night, event security will be managed by trained stewards working with the Met Police, and other agencies. We encourage everyone coming to the event to be vigilant, and to report anything of concern to a steward or police officer. At each entry point we will search all bags and wanding of your body may take place. No backpacks or suitcases will be allowed into the event this year, do remember this to avoid being turned away at the entrance.
What items can/can’t I bring with me?
Please see our full list of T&C’s here
Can I bring DSLR camera?
We do not allow cameras with detachable lenses such as the SLR and DSLR cameras. You can bring any other camera to the festival for your personal use. Any other professional film and video equipment, which is not authorized by management in advance, will not be permitted. If you wish to film and record at the show, please get in touch. Amateur photography does not require advance accreditation and is permitted on site.
Can I take photos or film the event?
Yes as long as it is for personal use. Any other professional film and video equipment, which is not authorized by management in advance, will not be permitted. If you wish to film and record at the show, please get in touch. Amateur photography with professional equipment does not require advance accreditation and is permitted on site.
Are drones permitted to be used within the event space?
No - the use of drones within the event space is prohibited.
Will there be Halal food options
Is there access to drinking water on site? Is it free?
I am a local resident, what is the phone number to reach the event organisers on to make a complaint?
Please call WFD on 0208 496 3000, they will log your complaint and the organisers will be in touch as per the Councils complaints procedure.
What are the ground conditions like?
The festival is located outdoors and on a green field site. The site is generally flat and accessible however please consider that as is the nature of a green field site, the ground can be uneven and conditions underfoot can be effected by weather and heavy footfall. Please wear sensible shoes and take care in areas where ground is uneven or has been affected by adverse weather.
Will there be filming and photography at the event?
Yes. By entering this event you give your consent for your images to be used without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF) may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by LBWF including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television and websites. If you have any concerns please raise them with the staff at the information marquee.
What medical facilities do you have in place?
There will be a first aid point located on site. Mobile first aiders will also patrol the site at various points throughout the day.The show is an outdoor event, so be prepared for all conditions .
Will dog walking on the site be affected?
Partially during the event set up in certain areas, these may be fenced off for public safety. On the day of the event the park will be closed from 7am to all park users and gates to the field may be restricted
Can I smoke at the event?
The same regulations apply at Fireworks as the rest of the country. You can smoke in the open air but not inside the tents or seated food court. Look out of for the no smoking signs
Where can I find my lost property?
Any lost property handed in will be taken to the lost property area located within the information point. This is clearly signed within the event space. If you have any trouble finding it, show ambassadors will be on hand at information points and walking around site to assist you. Lost property will be kept by the organisers for two weeks only post show. After this time, any property left unclaimed will be passed on to either a local charity shop or destroyed.
What security arrangements are in place? Will everyone entering the site be searched?
Public safety is paramount for all public events in Waltham Forest. An assessment of the security and crowd management plans for the event is carried out in consultation with the local police the security company working the event. This is constantly reassessed up until the event. In line with all other major public events, a condition of entry is that all visitors will be subject to mandatory bag and body searches. Metal detectors will also be in operation. You are advised to allow extra time to get in, especially if you bring bags with you. Please make a note of the show’s Prohibited Items before attending.
- All visitors will be subject to searching on entry, so you are advised to allow extra time to get into the event
- Wristbands will be issued for all children and vulnerable adults on entry gates and information points. These wristbands enable you to write your mobile number on, but not the child’s or vulnerable adult’s name, and attach to their wrist. This means we can reunite you much quicker if you become separated
- We reserve the right to refuse entry to the event. See our full Terms and Conditions
- CCTV may be in operation throughout the whole of the event
- We operate a zero tolerance policy on drugs and ‘legal highs’
- Official filming and photography will be taking place at the event
- The use of drones/UAV’s is strictly prohibited. For more information, visit Government Legislation
- All BBQs are strictly prohibited, including disposables
- Please help us reduce waste going to landfill and increase our recycling rate. You can do this by simply discarding your drinks, plates and other waste in to the clearly marked bins correctly
- When leaving the show, please be considerate of our neighbours and leave quietly.