If you want a bit more history in your gunpowder celebrations then why not head to the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey on the banks of the river Lea. You can hear the famous tale of the Gunpowder plot in a real gunpowder factory. There is plenty of entertainment starting at 2pm – from a slime lab to musket firing, lantern making and science shows explaining explosions. There is also a short theatre production and a Stuarts food experience where you can learn about the eating habits of the times.
All activities are on a first-come-first-served basis so make sure you leave enough time to enjoy them all. The fireworks are provided by Force FX – a special effects company with a long history of providing displays for movies, tv and music festivals. The display will begin at 7pm and last entry is likely to be at 6.30pm – so arrive earlier if possible. Tickets cover entry into the interactive exhibition, the rocket vault and the armoury too.
Tickets can be purchased on the day but they may sell out, so purchase online to guarantee entry. Adult tickets are £10.50, children are £8.50 (under threes go free) and seniors/students/disabled entrants and carers are all £9. There are a range of family tickets available including single-parent tickets with reductions on regular prices.