The city of Portsmouth is gearing up for an electrifying change of scenery as its beloved annual fireworks tradition moves to new locations. This year, the event will find its exciting new home in both Alexandra Park and Southsea Common on Wednesday, November 1st. The relocation is necessitated by the construction of a new football hub at King George V Playing Fields, the traditional venue for this cherished event.

On Wednesday 1 November, both Alexandra Park and Southsea Common will serve as the canvas for a breath taking fireworks extravaganza. Festivities will kick off at 5pm, providing ample time for families and friends to converge, soak in the atmosphere, and celebrate together.

To tantalise taste buds, a variety of hot food and refreshments will be available for all attendees. Wave 105 radio will be on-site, adding an extra layer of entertainment and engagement, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all. In the interest of safety, attendees are kindly requested not to bring their own fireworks or sparklers to the event.

Prepare for fun musical entertainment at both locations. Southsea Common will come alive with an ultimate live disco experience brought to you by ‘Lee and the Freaks,’ complemented by ‘South Coast Ghosts,’ a dynamic collective of rappers, singers, musicians, and producers. Meanwhile, Alexandra Park will host ’19 Forever,’ offering a nostalgic playlist of the best Brit Pop and Indie hits, along with the rockin’ sounds of ‘The Straights,’ a Fareham-based rock band.

With the event’s change of location, careful planning for your journey is advised. Given the expected high levels of attendance, attendees are encouraged to plan their journey and allow extra time. Consider taking the bus, renting an e-scooter, cycling, or simply walking to the event site for a hassle-free experience. The Portsmouth Park and Ride facility offers a convenient 10-minute walk to Mountbatten.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, with portfolio responsibility for Culture, Leisure & Economic Development, said:

“Our annual firework event is cherished by the people of Portsmouth, and this year, we’re thrilled to bring it to both the north and south of the city. This move is a result of the construction work at King George V playing fields, and we’re eager to explore whether this can become a new tradition for the city. As always, we’ll have spectacular fireworks, great entertainment, live music, and delectable food and refreshments for everyone to enjoy.”

Pains Fireworks, a long-standing supplier of spectacular displays, will continue to dazzle the audience with their breath taking pyrotechnics.

Stay updated on event details and any further announcements on the visitportsmouth website.