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A treat is in prospect for Darlington residents to savour. The town’s free annual show will return with a bang on 5 November with food and fun for all the family at the free event.  

The ticketed extravaganza at South Park will be for Darlington borough residents only with tickets and a wristband needed for entry. But the hotly anticipated display will mark the first time in more than a decade that the Bonfire Night event will take place in the town.  

Fantasy Fireworks – a silent firework show ideal for children or those needing a more relaxed experience – will be followed by a James Bond themed “License to Thrill” show. Wristbands will be available for collection from Monday 17 October at: 

  • The Dolphin Centre 
  • Head of Steam Darlington Railway Museum 
  • Cockerton Library 
  • Firthmoor Community Centre 

For the next two weeks, wristbands are only being issued to Darlington residents. To claim your wristbands, please be prepared to show a utility bill (either paper or electronic) showing proof of address at your chosen collection point. 

You must be aged 16 or over to collect the wristbands – the event itself is suitable for all ages and everyone attending must wear one on the night. 

Opening Times

5.30pm: Gates open

From 6pm: Light and fire performances held across the showfield

6.45pm: Fantasy Fireworks - a quiet firework show that is ideal for children or those who need a more relaxed experience.

7.30pm: The License To Thrill main show will light up the sky with light, sound and colour inspired by James Bond. It's going to be a truly explosive extravaganza!


Free (Darlington Residents Only)


Address: South Park, Darlington, UK

Public Transport Directions

Why not visit Darlington town centre to eat before the event, then walk over to the park? Or enjoy the show, then follow it with dinner in one of the towns many restaurants?

All roads surrounding the park will be closed and access will not be possible. Please read the details below to find out your best method of getting to the park:

Walk – to help avoid congestion and blocked roads, if possible, please walk.

Car – the town centre car parks will be open. There will be a park and stride at the Mowden Rugby Club Arena - you can park in one of the 800 spaces for free and walk the 0.9 miles to the park. Accessible parking will be available at Darlington Football Club (Blackwell Meadows), off Grange Road. You will need a blue badge to use this car park and the person on the badge must be in the vehicle. There will be high demand for spaces, so if you can avoid coming by car, please travel by public transport or walk.

Bus – take a bus to the town centre then walk to the park

Train – the train station is only a few minutes walk from the park

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