We do the same thing every year , usually pop to the local display which tends to be really drab and spend that long standing about freezing that by time the fireworks have gone of , everyone's too cold and moody to enjoy the evening. The amount of time I have gone to the displays and waited forever to get in, spent a while looking for the perfect stop to stand , spent a fortune for the tickets to get in and park up and it has lasted all but 3 whole minutes for it to be all over and done with .
Last year we bought our own. My husband is such a child when it comes to big fireworks and the louder the better for him .It is not the first time, we have a farm close by that sells them all year round and so we know from experience that they are excellent and always entertain the kids, it is a great idea for those who are not so keen on the loud , big blasting ones.
We made a party of it last year. We made a huge buffet , invited friends and family around and lit the fire bin in the garden where we all stood around it getting warm while watching the fireworks been set of .
It was all fun and games until the tidying side of it had to be done , just exhausting to even think about doing again anytime soon , especially as we've had quite a few party events lately.
This year , I warned m husband not to buy any fireworks. I neither wanted him to see any of nor did I fancy going to an event that we would have normally for a measly 3 minute show .
Instead I searched for something new and exciting .
I wanted something to keep us busy for the full day. something that would be enjoyed by all the family and something that was not just a few fireworks been set of before bed.
The Scunthorpe Banger /unlimiteds championship firework display
We have never even heard of this before , and I certainly had never visited one . My husband and the boys especially love anything car related especially when it includes a big smash up too .
Breaking things and rebuilding things has always interested our household for sure, just not on this level.
The show started at 4pm but we had a full 2 hour drive to make first before we got there travelling all the way from Durham so we made sure we had everything needed, wrapped up warm, took spare clothes, blankets, a big pack up full of treats and foods to eat while there.
We really did not know what to expect , I certainly had never been to a race track before and with it being last minute organised , we had no time to check and see what was there so ensured we had it all before we left just in case.
Usually it would cost us nearly or close to £100+ for any admittance into any event , because there is 10 of us but surprisingly this was only £12 for adults and £5 for teens, younger children were free so we only payed £32 for the day .
We payed at the gate and parking was free .
The atmosphere when we arrived was instantly amazing.
Everyone was laughing and smiling, all excited to see the races and the smell of fuel from the raging engines made it all the more intensified.
I just got goosebumps at the sound of the revving motors and the sounds of skidding tyres , it really was an amazing feeling to arrive to .
We had been driving and travelling for a few hours and so by the time we got there we were all starving and needing toilet breaks so made it our first protocol to get ready for the show .
We made sandwiches, lots of tuna pasta and spicy fajita chicken pasta salad, our little man was mostly impressed with his banana Angel delight we made also , but with plenty snacks and drinks we were set .
We were actually really excited , there were in fact lots of things there for keeping everyone happy and entertained.
We stayed clear of the flashy toys on sale and I had to drag my husband away form the Motorsport stall that sold full all in one racing suits for the kids, but there was a bar for beers and most importantly for us somewhere to grab a hot cup of tea and some water . They also sold food and the prices were brilliant for an even the size it was, we could have easily got everyone food there but trying to save as much as we can at the moment we were being good and we actually really did enjoy our pack up.
As we found our final spot to stay in for the evening , we watched the cars prepare for their starting races and although I knew seeing vehicles and machines for the boys would be fun and enjoying , I never in this world imagined to see my 11 and 13 year old daughters squealing at the show in full blown excitement. They enjoyed it so much that the eldest begged to do it as a full time job afterwards with my prompt answer to hr to say as a hobby maybe only .
It did get rather nippy , but as you can see we're still all smiling form ear to ear , little Joshua is fist pumping the air in elation and anticipation. Plenty of gloves and hats and snuggling up close when the races started made it all the warmer.
We had the best day ever, it really was an immensely fun experience and especially something we would do again , we've actually looked into it and found there is one closer to us so we are going to check that one out too. We loved watching the cars race and at the end of all the races they done one final race which was the main event that we had been waiting for .
All different sets of cars and vehicles took to teams and basically smashed into each other , it was basically last man standing won and we loved it .
It was every man for himself out there and we were routing for the vehicle that we videoed above , the Toyota Lucida , just like the one we had a few years back . It reminded us of the great days we took out in it but we obviously never drove it the way they did , it made us proud and won the trophy just as we had hoped .
After the amazing finale smash up , we awaited for the machines to pick all the remains up and take them back to their owners, like crumpled pieces of metal awaiting to be fixed and drove again for another show later on before the huge firework display started.
I recorded the whole thing , the whole 11 minutes of amazing sparks and colours lighting the sky up to end our journey to Scunthorpe.
It really did surprise us, and was far from the 3 minute sparks we expected .
We woke up on Friday the actual day of Bonfire night and were still very tired but making the most of it be decided to make some delicious foods to celebrate the event . Earlier on Kaiden had decided to make his very own Catherine wheel pizza. It was lovely and an idea we took fromTwinkl while we were working on our new reading book'Sparks in the Sky'.
Dad also took to the Kitchen , I know it was a huge shock for me to, but I had been telling him how I really needed something sweet to snuggle up to with a movie for our late night movie and so he decided to make me this massive homemade Victoria sponge with homemade doughnuts filled with strawberries and fresh whipped cream, drizzled in chocolate and dusted in icing.
I have to admit i was in heaven.
Having a new book sent fromTwinkl , we took to reading it and printed the optional worksheets which were shared in the book.
I absolutely love the idea that you can read a book and there been work all about that book there ready for you to complete, it makes my lesson planning all that more easier and it had a few different ability levels to work with .
With work ranging from sorting senses and word searches. reading comprehensions , there were also great activities such as game boards and Plasticine fun . All of which included everything that was from the Sparks in the Sky book from Twinkl Original .
We had a fantastic experience and look forward to our next one .
Have you ever took to the races, was it one like this ?
Let me know in the comments below.