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10 firework crackers

It's that time of year again to put the ear muffs on the dog, pull on your woolly hat and feast on some fireworks, mulled wine in hand all the better. Take your pick of this lot!

Cheltenham Round Table Firework Extravaganza, Cheltenham Racecourse, Sat 4 Nov, doors open 5pm, display starts 7pm

If you’re in the bigger the better camp, then check out this display at Cheltenham Racecourse. Run by Cheltenham Round Table, it’s the the biggest fireworks display in the south west, so expect crowds – and Kids’ TV characters Marshall & Skye from Paw Patrol. There will also be a fairground, hot and cold food, free parking and an undercover viewing area. Proceeds go to local charities: £7 for adults, £5 for children on the door, £19 for a family ticket (two adults, two kids) booked in advance;

Cirencester Fireworks, Victoria Road Playing Fields, Cirencester, Sat 4 Nov, gates open 5pm

Bonfire, tick, fireworks, tick, funfair, tick, live music, tick, face-painting, tick – the market town’s Round Table ticks all the boxes with its annual event. The bonfire will be lit at 6pm by Deirdre the Dragon (who she? you ask. Better go find out) and the fireworks start blasting at 7pm. All proceeds to charity: adults, £7 in advance, £8 on the door; children, students, OAPs, £4 in advance, £5 on the door; family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £17 in advance, £20 on the door; under 5s free;

Charity Fireworks Display, The Red Lion, Wainlode, near Gloucester, Sat 4 Nov, from 5pm

This lovely riverside pub is hosting its first fireworks display this year and it sounds like a goodie. Overlooking the Severn, you’ll be getting some nice reflections and if it gets chilly or wet you can retreat inside the pub and tuck into some bonfire food. All proceeds to Great Western Air Ambulance; £5 for adults, £3 for children, £15 for a family ticket. Tel: 01452 730935

Dursley Fireworks Display, War Memorial Recreational Ground, Dursley, Sat 4 Nov, from 5pm

You get a swing band with your fireworks here, as well as a barbecue, beer tent and glow stall, which adds up to a good night out in my books! £6 for adults, £5 for children, under threes free. Tel: 01453 547758

Speech House Fireworks, Speech House field, near Coleford, Sat 4 Nov, gates open 5pm

This atmospheric setting is perfect for this family event (no booze please people) where there’ll be a massive bonfire (lit at 6pm) and a fab display of fireworks at 7.30pm. Danter’s Fun Fair will also be there and there’ll be lots to much on. All proceeds to good local causes. £6 for adults, primary school age and younger free.

Bisley Fireworks Display, Bisley, near Stroud, Sat 4 Nov, gates open 5.30pm

The village primary school’s PTA annual spectacular in deepest, darkest Bisley (no light pollution here) is always a fantastic show (often accompanied by Star Wars music) and also delivers on the food and drink front with burgers, chilli con carne, beer and mulled wine. £5 for adults; £3 for children; £15 for a family ticket (2 adults, 3 kids); pre-schoolers free. Tel: 01452 770251

Tewksbury Bonfire & Fireworks Display, Vineyards Playing Fields, Sat 4 Nov, gates open at 6.15pm

Watch the fireworks fly into the air at 7.15pm with the Abbey as a backdrop. This display is one of the most atmospheric in the area.

Fireworks Displays, Kemble Primary School, Sat 4 Nov, times to be confirmed

A super child-friendly setting, alongside the razzle dazzle of fireworks, there’ll also be a mini disco, glow toys, treats to eat and drinks for the grow-ups. Adults, £6 on the gate, £5 in advance; children £4 on the gate, £3 in advance; £14 for a family in advance.

Fancy Dress & Fireworks Party, The Woolpack, Slad, near Stroud, Sat 4 Nov, 8pm-1am

The valleys’ hippest pub (it was number one in The Times recent Cool Guide to the Cotswolds, don’t you know) is laying on a grown-up fireworks party for big kids with a dress-up theme of whatever takes your fancy, ales on tap (as well as wine, gin, vodka, etc), live music from soul funk band The Ragged Edge and fireworks. Food will be available until 9pm, then the music begins and the fireworks follow at 10pm. Note the 1am finish – pace yourselves people!

Quedgeley Fireworks Display, Fishers Meadow, School Lane, Quedgeley, Sat 11 Nov, from 7pm

No worries if you didn’t make an event on the big day, there’s still fireworks lighting up the skies on Saturday 11 November in this hamlet outside Gloucester. Prices to be confirmed. Tel: 01452 721552

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