A Thrilling Family Firework Spectacular Event
Scotland’s finest stately home is the dramatic backdrop for Fawkes Festival’s Family Fireworks Spectacular. West Lothian’s Hopetoun House, the star of numerous films and photo shoots, is the gorgeous location for the event’s ‘A Night At The Movies’ – an evening featuring fireworks, lights and lasers set to film scores and classic movie songs.
The pre-event entertainment includes a funfair, bar, catering, fire performers, MC, DJ, bubbles, fire pits, marshmallows, hot chocolate and performers. There will also be a real live giant bonfire and a brilliant bungee jump.
NOTE: The fireworks display is at 6.30pm. With this being a ticketed event, we open the doors early because it takes time to get everyone into the venue safely. If you are arriving early at doors opening time, you will have a long wait before the fireworks start, so remember to wrap up warm and come ready to enjoy the funfair, DJ and some hot food as you wait.
Getting To Hopetoun House
HOW DO WE GET TO HOPETOUN FIREWORKS?
Hopetoun Fireworks takes place at Hopetoun House, on the Hopetoun Estate. There is clear event signage for you to follow from both directions on the A904.
Please note there is a strict one way system in place.
FROM THE WEST / M9: The access point is at the West side of Newton Village on the A904 (EH52 6PZ) – please follow the event signage.
FROM THE EAST / EDINBURGH / FIFE : The access road is between East of Newton village and West of the Queensferry Crossing roundabout on the A904 (EH30 9SN).
***Please note there is no access to Hopetoun from Society (Shore Road) from South Queensferry***
***Please do not try and enter the Estate by the normal Tourist / Brown Sign route, thank you ***
LEAVING THE EVENT
When you leave, you will also be directed out of the Estate via the Deer Park, where you will be able to choose either left for A90 Edinburgh / Fife or right for M9 West (Glasgow / Stirling).
With Hopetoun being a country estate, sadly there is no direct public transport to the site. We encourage our guests to share cars where possible.
*IMPORTANT – STROBE LIGHTING
*Please be aware that the performance may include the use of strobe and flashing lights.
TICKETS – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Why do we need a car pass?
We have limited parking on the Estate, and you will need your car pass to secure your space on the night. Our event team stewards will direct you to a parking spot when you arrive.
Can we buy tickets at the event?
Sorry no! All tickets must be bought in advance, there will be no ticket sales on site.
Are kids tickets free?
Kids aged 3 and under are free. Kids aged between 4 and 15 inclusive will need their own tickets.
Do you offer discounts for group bookings?
Unfortunately we do not offer group booking discounts for this event.
Can I get a refund on my tickets?
We are sorry refunds are not offered, and tickets are not transferable to another event.
Do we need to print our tickets?
No! As part of our sustainability goals for this event, please don’t print your tickets, please present them on your phone – thank you
Can I claim a free Carers ticket?
ACCESS & PARKING – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Why do we need a car pass?
What time should we arrive?
The event site opens at 1600 hours, last access is 1800 hours. The display is at 1830 hours. Please do not arrive late, you will not be given access – thank you!
What if we arrive late?
Do you offer blue badge parking?
Can we get a bus to the event?
Can we get a taxi to the event?
Yes you can! You MUST advise your driver to enter from A904 using the ‘from Edinburgh / East’ directions – this will take you to the taxi drop off point and allow our stewards to direct your taxi back out of the Estate. The drop off point will be your pick up point too.
Please note that for pick up at the end of the night the access details are not the same as for arrival – taxis must not come in via the A904. We kindly ask all taxi return bookings to enter via the SHORE ROAD where they should then wait at the main gate and contact you on arrival – your party will need to walk down to this gate (approx five – ten min walk).
Can we get Mum / Dad / Grandpa etc to drop us off and pick us up?
Yes you can! You MUST advise your driver to enter from A904 using the ‘from Edinburgh / East’ directions – this will take you to the drop off point and allow our stewards to direct your nice driver back out of the Estate. The drop off point will be your pick up point too and your driver must come back in the same way they exited and not from the A904.
Please note that for pick up at the end of the night the access details are not the same as for arrival – vehicles must not come in via the A904. Access and pick up details will be emailed to your pre event – please contact us if you have any questions on firstname.lastname@example.org
Can we walk to the event?
Yes. The safest route by foot is along the Shore Road. Please be aware that this is an emergency vehicle access route and it is also a back up route should the main exit road become overly congested on exit. We therefore encourage you bring torches and dress children in bright colours/high vis.
ACCESSIBILITY – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!
What are the ground like?
Are there accessible toilets?
Do you provide wheelchairs?
Do you offer blue badge parking?
THE EVENT – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Is there food available at the event?
Is it cards or cash?
Please bring both!
Is there any other entertainment?
Yes, we have our MC on site with some chat and music, our firedancers, funfair rides, sparkler are and then……THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY!
Do I have to pay for the funfair rides?
Yes all the funfair rides are chargeable, they are not included in your ticket price
Have you got a Waltzer and other big fairground rides?
No, our fairground rides are for the kids, little and big (that’s where the bungee ride comes in), but no big giant rides.
Is there a film showing?
No, this is a fireworks extravaganza where the fireworks are fired to music – the music will be from well known movies!
Can I bring my dog / sparklers / BBQ / picnic table / fireworks / alcohol / Gran?
Please don’t bring your dog unless he / she is an assistance dog. This is a major fireworks display and is loud, along with accompanying music. Please also do not bring any pets and leave them in your car – they may become distressed during the fireworks.
Please don’t bring sparklers or any fireworks. 21CC Fireworks will be providing the best firework display – no other fireworks are allowed on this site.
We are happy for you to bring camping chairs and rugs, but please do not bring tables or BBQs.
This is an alcohol free event, please do not bring any into the site. There are also no alcohol sales on the night.
Yes you can bring your Gran and your Grandpa, Nana and Pops too – we are sure they will love it!
Does it end after the fireworks display?
No! You are welcome to stay, grab some more food, enjoy the rides once again and mosey back to your car. The event closes at 7.45pm.
Do you have a system in place for lost children?
We recommend dressing your young ones in bright clothing and if possible putting a copy of your contact details in their pockets just in case. Our event staff are fully briefed and have agreed systems in place to ensure the safe return of your children in the unlikely event of them getting lost.
Can we bring a buggy or a pram?
Yes, please bear in mind you’ll be parking on grass but the main event arena is hard standing.
What is the photography and videography policy?
When you enter Fawkes Festival photography, audio, and video recording may occur. Our terms and conditions state that by entering the grounds, you consent to this. Please click Here to read full terms and conditions for further information.
Protecting our surroundings and wildlife
We very much understand the impact of loud noise on animals and wildlife. As a responsible operator, we have planned ahead and taken steps to ensure that our events are safe and suitable for everyone involved. This includes consideration to animals and wildlife living in and around our event sites.
Holding a controlled and planned event in a large open space has many benefits. Not least the reduction of individual firework displays across multiple households, which would typically extend the window of loud noise for wildlife across a number of days.
Our event is being held on the large lawn at the front of the House, to minimise the affect the event will have on animals within the park and woodland. Our team also conducts a comprehensive tidy-up of the area directly after the event.
The careful team at 21CC Fireworks, who are providing the display, are very accustomed to designing displays with animals in mind, starting small with less noisy products, building slowly to a crescendo. The size of product has also been capped to a size suitable to the site, to ensure the right product is being used. This deliberate approach to the design lessens the impact of the noise on animals. Music also forms part of the display, further reducing the impact and effect of the fireworks noise.
THE WEATHER – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Will the event go ahead if it’s raining?
What should I wear?
Dress warmly and wear flat waterproof shoes, much of the event is on grass and remember this is almost winter time. In the words of the great Billy Connolly, there is no such thing as bad weather only the wrong clothes!