In the birthplace of Guy Fawkes, Rockin’ Horse Promotions is proud to announce it will host the opening event of York’s new Fireworks Festival. 2012 will mark the start of a new annual event – ‘Kaboom’ – taking place at Rawcliffe Country Park.
Kaboom will begin York’s new Fireworks Festival on Sunday 4 November (the night Guy Fawkes was discovered in the cellar below the Houses of Parliament). The festival will also feature a display at Bustardthorpe on the Knavesmire and a bonfire and fireworks display at York Maze, both on 5th November (the day that news of the plot was revealed to the general public).
Mark Brayshaw, MD of York based Rockin’ Horse Promotions said, ‘The Gunpowder Plot was foiled on the evening of November 4th 1605 and exactly 407 years to the day Kaboom will be marking this historical event in a very spectacular way. We look forward to welcoming families from York and across Britain to join in the fun at what will be a traditional (but not so old fashioned) family-friendly fireworks event.’
This November will see the biggest and best fireworks displays ever to grace the skies of York. Kaboom will start off York’s new fireworks festival with what promises to be an awesome display by Jitu Desai – one of the world’s best pyro-technicians. The fully choreographed fireworks, lighting and special effects will be synchronised to a specially commissioned music track, which will run a little over 20 minutes and will be vying to be one of the biggest firework displays in the UK. Kaboom will host a huge traditional funfair featuring rides and attractions to suit all the family including waltzers, dodgems and a meteorite ride. There will also be the customary side-stalls along with plenty of chances to buy baked potatoes, soup, toffee apples, cinder toffee, hot chocolate and other traditional bonfire night treats as well as a variety of quality food stalls from noodles and hog roast to the more typical burgers and hot dogs.
Sunday is very much a family day and Kaboom will be very much a family event with an entertainments programme running from 4pm to 10pm that will surely feature something to please all ages. Some very special guests will be appearing on the main stage at Kaboom and these will be announced shortly via our social media newsfeeds: and on Twitter @kaboomyork.
The fireworks will be launched at approximately 7.30pm so that younger families can enjoy the show before having to get ready for school the next morning. For the older ones, the entertainment on the main stage will continue after the fireworks.
Gillian Cruddas MBE, Chief Executive of Visit York, said, ‘Bonfire night is celebrated across Britain and is a key part of our rich heritage. We celebrate the failure of the Gunpowder Plot across the UK and we’re delighted that York is now taking up the gauntlet to mark this momentous time in our history.’
Standard tickets for Kaboom start at just £7.50 including FREE transportation, representing fantastic value for money, but it is most important to note that all tickets for Kaboom must be purchased in advance as there will be no ticket sales on the gate on the night. A variety of ticket and transport options are available via the newly launched event website here and tickets will also be available in person via the Visit York Information Centre at 1 Museum Street, York, YO1 7DT.
Kaboom has teamed up with local bus company – First York – and York’s leading private hire taxi firm – 659 Cars Ltd – to ensure that everybody, including those without their own transport, can join in the fun. In the spirit of bringing out the child in all of us, for the whole of September, all public transport and ‘Green tickets’ will be sold at the child’s price.
Mark continued, ‘York has truly been missing out on an amazing marketing opportunity to exploit such a strong link to Guy Fawkes – after years of planning we’re delighted that Kaboom will be the spark that ignites York’s interest in the Gunpowder Plot once again but in keeping with the York tradition, we will not be burning a Guy.