About the Bonfire Party
The city of Belper, centrally located in the UK, is where Timothy Dalton, the 4th actor to play James Bond was raised. In the opening scene of “The Living Daylights”, he performs his own stunts landing atop a Jeep Land Rover full of explosives whose driver is engaged in some unsafe driving practices. The scene ends with the vehicle catching fire, driving off a cliff and exploding on impact shortly after Bond parachutes to safety. We ask that you don’t try this at home but instead, drive about 25 miles southeast to the town of Draycott in the Clay and attend their annual Bonfire Party in early November for your pyrotechnic fix.
The Bonfire Party is held at the Klondyke Mill Preservation Centre and hosted by the North Staffordshire (Staffs) and Cheshire Traction Engine Club. We’ll just call it the Club from here on out.
Expect to see a fantastic professional pyrotechnic display, set to music, and with the Club’s steam engines in steam. Add the food like BBQ, burgers, hotdogs, and bacon rolls all with a side of chips and more. Indulge the kids with sweets from the sweet stall and indulge yourself with an adult beverage at the bar.
The Klondyke Mill, a former plaster mill that was demolished in the 1950s, is the perfect site for bonfires and fireworks. The Club was established in 1958 and describes itself as “a club dedicated to the preservation and restoration of all manner of vintage items”. The Club puts on three public events each year beginning with two steam rallies in June and October followed up by the Bonfire Party at the former mill.
Entry To The Event
Adult admission is £10.00 and accompanied children are free. The crowd may begin to gather around 5:00 p.m.The bonfire ignites at 7:00 p.m. with the fireworks display to begin 30 minutes later. It is advised to call the Club to verify the age limit of children for the free admission.
Somewhere to Stay in Staffordshire
Hay Lane Farm and Uttoxeter Racecourse Caravan and Motorhome Club Site are two highly rated camping/RV parks near the Klondyke Mill. The closest hotel is The Boars Head Hotel offering relaxed rooms, en suite bathrooms, TVs, and free Wi-Fi, as well as tea and coffee making equipment. If their “No Vacancy” sign is displayed, there are many other hotels in the area to fit any budget.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
Visitors to the Bonfire Party will certainly be looking for other activities to fill out the weekend. About 10 miles SE of the mill is Branston Water Park, a premier wildlife site in East Staffordshire. Their winter season will have just opened with hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Another great idea is to take an all-day or overnight road trip to visit a few of the many historical attractions in Derby, Nottingham, and Sheffield. The round trip beginning from Draycott in the Clay is about 150 miles.
There is free off-road parking at the Klondyke Mill. The grounds are flat and grassy bit visitors are advised to call the club and ask about wheelchair and handicapped accessibility and bathroom facilities. The loud noises and fire may frighten infants and pets so please make other arrangements for them if possible. Lastly, if you see a flaming Land Rover hurtling toward you at the Bonfire Party it may be a cue for you to run.
When is the next Bonfire Party?
The Bonfire Party is planned to take place at Klondyke Mill Preservation Centre, Draycott in the Clay, Staffordshire, DE6 5GZ, Saturday 7th November, 2020. This is a Steam Event.
0121 353 1050
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