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image for Fireworks/Bonfire item typeGuy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks at Royal Gunpowder Mills

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Firework Display, from 3 Nov 2018, free entry


Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks

Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks


Beaulieu Drive,
Waltham Abbey,


On November 3 & 4 The Royal Gunpowder Mills brings its 2018 season to an end with a bang with its annual spectacular Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks, over a weekend packed with fun activities for all.

Once a Gunpowder factory, this historic site located on the banks of the River Lea hosts tells the famous story of the plot to blow up Parliament over 400 years ago.. From 2pm onwards visitors can catch a short theatre production and witness musket firing, taking audiences into scenes from the plot! Plus, there are Family Fun Activities featuring Slime Making and Lantern Making. Professor Nitrate is on hand in the Mad Lab explaining the science of explosions and a Stuart food experience where you can learn all about the eating habits of the Stuarts. As darkness falls you can warm up with some hot food from our Gunpowder Café and Food Stalls. On both Saturday and Sunday festivities conclude with an epic fireworks display from ForceFX, the company behind the special effects of movies, TV and music festivals.

The dramatic backdrop of Gunpowder buildings and the amazing history of the site makes this the perfect place to mark the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot. In the afternoon you can take guided landtrain tours and ride on the narrow gauge railway through alder woodland. There are exhibitions telling the stories and science of the former factory, and an Armoury and display of Rockets. History, science, activities and fireworks - Bring all the family!
Pre-Book online to guarantee entrance to the site. Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks is a popular event and very busy. Space in our inside activities such as “The Mad Lab”, “The Theatre” and “The Spinks Gallery” is offered on a first come, first serve basis and queuing systems are in place, so we advise turning up early to allow plenty of time. A nominal charge is made for the options of landtrain, railway and tea-lights. Parking is offered on a first come, first served basis.

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Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled access

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 3 Nov 2018 14:00 to 18:00
Sun 4 Nov 2018 14:00 to 18:00


Free entry

Adults - £10.50
Concessions - £9.00
Children - £8.50

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Plan route to Royal Gunpowder Mills using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 376008  Lat: 51.68967 Long: -0.01007

By Road:
By Road:
From the M25: Leave jct 26, follow signs for A121 to Waltham Abbey. At traffic lights, McDonalds on your left, our entrance is opposite in 'Beaulieu Drive'.

Nearest station: Waltham Cross
By Public Transport:
From Waltham Cross station it is 20 minutes' walk to Royal Gunpowder Mills.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Waltham Cross station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access