A Wickedly Wonderful Halloween Firework Spooktacular Event
As the spookiest night of the year approaches, Fawkes Festival offers a spine-tingling experience for all the family! Set in the majestic grounds of Dalkeith Country Park, just outside Edinburgh, the event will feature family fun, pre-show entertainment, fairground rides, delicious food and drink and a magnificent Halloween-inspired large scale professional fireworks display set to music, lights and lasers.
This event is a brand-new way to experience Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night all in one, with the grand vista of Dalkeith Palace as a backdrop.
NOTE: The fireworks display is at 7:00pm. 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 Dalkeith Country Park
HOW DO WE GET TO FAWKES FESTIVAL AT DALKEITH?
Fawkes Festival Dalkeith takes place at Dalkeith Country Park.
GETTING HERE BY CAR FOR ON EVENT PARKING – (MUST BE PURCHASED WITH TICKETS)
The Park entrance is less than five minutes from Edinburgh City By-pass. The main vehicle entrance is King’s Gate, a left turn shortly after Sheriffhall Roundabout on the A6106. The Park postcode is EH22 1ST or you can find it on what3words. Please note parking will be a mix of hardstanding and field.
Please note we cannot accommodate vehicles that exceed our height restriction of 2.7m.
Getting here on foot
All pedestrian tickets should enter the Park through Town Gate, off the A6094, EH22 2NA, which is at the East end of Dalkeith High Street. Your tickets will be scanned at this point.
Getting here by bus
If you’re travelling from Edinburgh to Dalkeith, jump on a Lothian Bus number 3, 33 or 49 to Dalkeith High Street and follow the directions for getting here on foot.
Getting here by train
There are regular trains from the Borders and Edinburgh City Centre to Eskbank Station, a 25 minute walk from the Park. Or jump on the number 40 Lothian Bus from the station to Dalkeith High Street and follow the directions for getting here on foot.
Getting here by taxi / drop offs
All taxis should drop off near the Town Gate, off the A6094, EH22 2NA, which is at the East end of Dalkeith High Street. Your pick up should be arranged with your taxi driver for the same point. Please then follow the ‘getting here on foot’ instructions above.
*ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL
*Please note there is very limited parking available in Dalkeith town centre and we would encourage all our visitors to either purchase an event parking ticket (£3) with their order, or use one of the methods above to come to this event.
*Please be aware that the performance may include the use of strobe and flashing lights.
TICKETS – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Can we buy tickets at the event?
Yes if the event has not sold out, a selection of tickets will be available at a dedicated box office on each of the sites. Tickets will cost £2 more for adults and £1 more for children so we encourage that you pre-purchase in advance to avoid missing out.
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 are unable to offer group bookings for this event.
Can I get a refund on my tickets?
We are sorry refunds are not offered, and tickets are non-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.
The event site opens at 16:30 hours, last access is 18:30 hours for cars with tickets, and 18:45 hours for those arriving on foot. The display is at 19:00. Please do not arrive late, you will not be given access – thank you!
What if we arrive late?
We are unable to admit anyone to the event site after 18:30 hours by vehicle, please ensure you arrive before this time.
Can I claim a free Carers ticket?
To apply for a carers ticket, please fill out our carers application form here.
ACCESSIBILITY – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!
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THE EVENT – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Is there food available at the event?
Oh yes! Watch this space for updates on a list of vendors.
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 fire dancers, funfair rides 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.
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 20:00 hours.
Do you have a system in place for lost children?
Can we bring a buggy or a pram?
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 palace, 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?
Yes! The only weather which may cause the event to be cancelled is very high winds. In the unlikely event we have to cancel then announcements will be made on the event’s website.
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!