The Blackheath fireworks display is always a popular event with local residents although last year we received several complaints that roads closed and the firing zone had changed without sufficient advanced information. We have had meeting with the organisers and hope this year communications with local residents will be better.
It is one of the most dazzling displays in London, bringing colour and light to the skies of Lewisham and Greenwich. This year’s event, which is free, will be held on Saturday 7 November at 8pm. It will be a full 30 minutes long and will feature a vast array of fireworks in a dazzling range of colours, set perfectly to music. International food and drink will be available throughout the evening so you can make a night of it.
We hope you have a safe and enjoyable evening (please take care of your pets on the evening and ensure they are safe)
Here are a few reminders before you come:
* It is illegal to bring your own fireworks (including sparklers) onto the heath
* Prince of Wales Road will be closed on the 6 and 7 November; other road closures will apply only on the 7 November
* Leave your car at home – there is no parking on the heath and traffic enforcement is in operation in surrounding roads. Only Blue Badge Holders can park at the event. Many roads in the area will be closed from mid afternoon.
* Do not buy items, especially fireworks, from unauthorised traders who may operate at the event. Illegal traders sell unchecked merchandise that may be dangerous.
Tag Archives: 2009
If you didn’t manage to go to the Bike and Kite festival on Saturday, then try and go on Sunday. It was really something special, as the video above by YouTube user Jadepike4 demonstrates.
There are always two distinct camps of kite fliers: The model fliers, like inverse puppeteers with their enormous hovering cats, people and teddy bears looming over us. And the stunt fliers, flinging their synchronised kites through the air. I wonder whether the two tribes get along. Do the stunt fliers look down on the modellers as tacky and gauche? Do the modellers think of the stunt fliers as showy and macho? Or maybe not. Maybe they’re just happy to be up in the air.
Here’s an idea for next year – one up from the flying cats (great though they were). In the 16th Century, the Chinese invented a man-lifting kite. This would draw in the crowds next year! Okay, it may be a little dangerous, but could be very exciting too… Perhaps I’ll volunteer to get hoisted up. Makes a change from attaching an old Nokia to a kite.
Click on the Keep Reading link below to view my hundreds of photos – apologies for the dodgy quality, there are far better ones inside the Flickr Blackheath collection.
It looks like the weather may actually hold out – the beeb says it will get better throughout the day.
If you’ve never been to Blackheath before, here’s a handy cut-out-and-keep guide (bring your special internet scissors).
I’ll be adding lots of photos later today.