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

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Fireworks/Bonfire, Sat 4 - Sun 5 Nov 2017, £8.50-£10.50


Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks

Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks



01992 707 370


Beaulieu Drive,
Waltham Abbey,


It’s time to celebrate Bonfire Night in spectacular style as the Royal Gunpowder Mills brings its 2017 season to an end with the Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks, when the historic site on the banks of the River Lea hosts a weekend packed full of activities for all.

We tell the famous story of the plot to blow up parliament in the setting of what was once a real Gunpowder Factory! From 2pm onwards there are Family Fun Activities featuring Slime Making and Lantern Making* for children of all ages. A short theatre production, Musket Firing, takes the audience into scenes from the plot. There are science shows with Professor Nitrate explaining the science of explosions, and a Stuart Foods Experience where you can learn all about the Stuarts eating habits. As darkness falls, you can warm up with some hot food from our Gunpowder Cafe and food outlets. Both days conclude in an amazing fireworks display from Force FX, the company behind the special effects you see in movies, TV and music festivals!

Absorb history in action! The Royal Gunpowder Mills reaches back into the 17th century when its gunpowder was used in the Civil War. Women took over the huge production of cordite in WWI and it was a top secret research facility in the Cold War. The dramatic history makes it the perfect place to mark the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, over 400 years ago. Bring all the family!

All of our activities for this event begin at 2pm , The Fireworks Display will take place at 7pm , our last entry time is 6.30pm however this is subject to change due to popularity.

Pre-Book online to guarantee entrance. Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks is an event for all to enjoy and can prove extremely busy. Parking for this event is offered on a first come , first serve basis. We advise that you pre-book your tickets and turn up early to ensure that you enjoy each part of the day. 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. Please note queuing will ensue for all activities so please do allow time at each activity you visit. Pre-booking your ticket online avoids site entrance queues.

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 4 - Sun 5 Nov 2017 14:00 to 19:00
Last Entry 6.30pm

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct Dr Gore's Spooky Mad Lab
Sat 4 - Sun 5 Nov Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks



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