Fireworks display near Bedford set to go ahead this year - here's when it takes place

A fireworks event near Bedford is set to 'buck the trend' and go ahead this year with its pyrotechnic display.

Fireworks Frenzy Drive-In at the Santa Pod Raceway (SPR), in Airfield Road, Poddington, will start at 7pm on Thursday, November 5, with the gates to be opened at 5.30pm.

Tickets, which must be booked in advance, will cost £45 per vehicle.

Fireworks Frenzy is the venue’s annual autumn family attraction, but its 2020 drive-in edition will incorporate the coronavirus-secure innovations that SPR already has in place while teaming up with the UK’s premier fireworks display artists, Titanium Fireworks (TF).

Santa Pod Raceway

A SPR spokesperson said: "TF will deliver the pyrotechnics, this is the team whose expertise lights up London’s and Edinburgh’s colossal New Year’s Eve displays and a host of past events such as the Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup.

"The bespoke display and soundtrack created exclusively for Santa Pod will be an all-aerial show so children won’t have to crane their necks to see over the heads of adults, and it will utilise Santa Pod’s extensive, paved paddock area to provide the socially-distanced drive-in facility."

SPR has said it will admit spectators by the car-load, with a maximum of six occupants allowed due to the government's 'rule of six' restriction.

The SPR spokesperson said: "Santa Pod has bucked the national trend this year by continuing to admit spectators to its racing events – under carefully crafted hygiene and safety measures subject to intense local authority scrutiny – while sports venues nationwide have had to close their doors.

"Each vehicle will park in an allocated bay with space for its occupants to stand alongside if they wish, with each bay socially-distanced from its neighbours. Socially-distanced Grandstand viewing is also available, toilets and limited catering facilities are on offer too."

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