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Bonfire Night is here for 2019.
The annual festival of fireworks falls on November 5 each year, with various public events held around this date.
Some have already taken place but others will be tonight and next weekend.
So if you missed out on going to see some fireworks, there’s still chance for an evening out with friends and family.
Here’s where you can go in and around Birmingham.

There are several local fireworks displays on tonight and at the weekend
TONIGHT
Bonfire Night at Sutton Coldfield RFC
Where: Sutton Coldfield Rugby Club, Roger Smoldon Ground, 160 Walmley Road, Sutton Coldfield, B76 2QA
When: Tuesday, November 5, gates open at 5.30pm, fire lit at 6.30pm, fireworks at 7.45pm
Tickets: £5 per person, family (2 adults, up to 3 children) £15, children under three get in free
This is a popular family fireworks and bonfire event which attracts close to 4,000 people.
No alcohol or sparklers are allowed at this event, which closes at 9pm.
There’s also a funfair on site.
Tettenhall College Bonfire and Fireworks 2019
Where: Tettenhall College, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8QX
When: Tuesday, November 5
Tickets: Adults £8, children £4, under threes free, family £20
Organisers of the Tettenhall annual fireworks and bonfire display are promising a “fabulous event for the whole family.”
There will be two displays of fireworks – “the first one being quieter for our younger attendees, the second louder.”
The event will begin at 6pm and last through until 9pm. Hot food and drinks will be available for purchase on the night.
Organisers say advance booking is essential for the event because they expect the limited tickets to sell out.
Tickets are available to purchase by emailing tickets@tettcoll.co.uk or calling 01902 751119

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Bloxwich Bonfire and Firework Display 2019
Where: King George V Playing Fields, Stafford Road, Bloxwich, WS3 3NJ
When: Tuesday, November 5
Tickets: Adults £7.50, children £5, under threes free, family £18
Bloxwich’s bonfire event on the King George V Playing Fields is back once again – and as in previous years it will be on Bonfire Night itself.
As well as the traditional bonfire and fireworks, there will be a funfair and food vendors.
Entry into the event is from 5pm, by ticket only. Food and funfair rides are available from 5pm, while the bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the fireworks start at 7.30pm.
Limited car parking will be available to Blue Badge Holders only, access via the Stafford Road, WS3 3NS.
Everyone else visiting the event is urged to park responsibly
Pedestrian entrances will be Bell Lane: WS3 2JS, Bealeys Lane: WS3 2JY and Stafford Road: WS3 3NS.
For safety reasons, no public fireworks or sparklers are allowed and no alcohol is permitted. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.
Get your tickets here
Beaudesert Fireworks Display
Where: Beaudesert Outdoor Activity Centre, Cannock Wood, Rugeley, WS15 4JJ
When: Tuesday, November 5, 6pm-8pm
Tickets: Adult £6, children £5, parking is free
This annual fireworks is held at the outdoor activity centre at Beaudesert, which is on Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Gates open at 6pm, the bonfire is usually lit at 6.45pm and a professional firework display to music takes place at 7.15pm.
Ticket includes firework display, giant bonfire,  stalls and sideshows, Hot dogs and other refreshments will be on sale.
Book tickets here

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THIS WEEKEND
Dudley Kingswinford Rugby Club
Where: Dudley Kingswinford RFC, Swindon Road, Kingswinford, DY6 0AW
When: Friday, November 8, from 6.30pm to 11pm
Tickets: Adults £5, under 16s £3, family £15, under twos free
Award-winning fireworks display team Fire Monkey Pyro will be putting on what’s promised to be a “phenomenal” show at the rugby club ground.
Gates open at 6.30pm and fireworks will start at 8pm. There will be plenty to eat and drink with a BBQ, hot drinks and sweet stalls, plus drinks promotions in the clubhouse.
Car parking is available but will be limited so people are encouraged to walk to the event.

A blazing bonfire at a fireworks event in Birmingham
Ormiston SWB Academy Fireworks Spectacular 2019
Where: Ormiston SWB Academy, Dudley Street, Bilston, WV14 0LN
When: Friday, November 8, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Tickets: Adults £4, under-16s £3, family saver £12.  Book tickets here
Ormiston SWB Academy is putting on a fireworks spectacular for everyone to enjoy.
Gates open at 6.30pm. A professional fireworks display presented by Jubilee Fireworks is at 8pm.
There will be hot food, drinks, stalls, fairground rides, entertainment and special guest star Wolfie, the Wolves mascot.
The entrance is off Prosser Street at the back of the site. Organisers said: “This is an outdoor event.  Limited disabled parking only. Please presume you will not be able to park on the Academy site and make arrangements to park in Bilston Town Centre and walk to us.  Please do NOT park on the Bert Williams Leisure Centre.”
In the case of bad weather leading to cancellation, visit  http://ormistonswbacademy.org.uk  on the day of the event. Tickets are non refundable but an alternative date will be arranged.

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Four Oaks Saints Bonfire
Where: Four Oaks Saints Cricket Club, Clarence Road, Sutton Coldfield, B74 4LS
When: Saturday, November 9, from 6pm to 9pm
Tickets: Details to be confirmed
Four Oaks Saints Cricket Club is once again holding a Bonfire & Firework Display.
In 2018, a licensed bar and hot food are available so we can expect something similar this year.
The bonfire is set to be lit at 6.30pm, with the fireworks display at 7.30pm and 8.15pm.
Check the cricket club website for further details.
Little Hay Miniature Railway Bonfire Night
Where: Sutton Coldfield Model Engineering Society, Balleny Green, Little Hay, Shenstone, WS14 0QB
When: Saturday, November 9, gates open 6.15pm, starts 6.15pm, fireworks 7.15pm
Tickets: Admission is by ticket only. Tickets available from Chris Greene
Admission includes free unlimited train rides, day membership, light refreshments including jacket potatoes, hot dogs and burgers, plus hot and cold drinks.
There is also usually free car parking nearby in the field next to the Holly Bush Public House, staffed all night by society staff.
Book tickets here

Solihull Round Table Fireworks
Where: Tudor Grange Park, Blossomfield Road, Solihull, B91 3LU
When: Saturday, November 9, from 4.30pm to 8.30pm
Price: If arriving before 6pm, prices are £4.50 for all ages (except children under three go free), family ticket £15.  Prices for arrival after 6pm are £5.50 for all ages (except children under three go free), family ticket £20.
Solihull Round Table Fireworks is the largest firework display in Solihull, and this year will be no exception.
Held in Tudor Grange Park, this year’s event comes as Solihull Round Table celebrates its 70th Birthday, so the Round Table are spending more on the fireworks and making it their biggest display in the event’s 40-year history.
This year’s event also includes a funfair, bars, food stalls and a huge bonfire. All profits from the event go straight back in to the local community.
Gates open at 4.30pm, with the bonfire kicking off at 6.30pm and fireworks at 7.30pm.
Book your tickets here

A fireworks display at Alton Towers
Alton Towers Ultimate Fireworks Spectacular 2019
Where: Alton Towers , Farley Lane, Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB
When: Friday November 8, Saturday November 9 and Sunday November 10
Price: One-day pass (including full day’s entry to the theme park from 10am) costs £34 for adults, £28.50 for children, or get a Big Bang package priced £52.50 to £120.  Book your tickets here
Alton Towers’   bosses are promising that its annual Bonfire Night celebration will both “dazzle and delight.”
And, they add: “This sensational display will be your last chance to experience our world-beating rides and attractions before our 2019 season comes to an end.”
This annual event is regarded as one of the UK’s largest multi-media fireworks displays.
Visitors should arrive on the Front Lawns for 6.45pm.
The fireworks show starts at approximately 7pm and lasts 25 minutes. Make sure you get there early so you can find a good viewing spot – the best view is from the front lawns looking toward the Towers.

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West Midland Safari Park Fireworks Festival
Where: West Midland Safari and Leisure Park, Spring Grove Road, Bewdley DY12 1LF
When: Saturday November 9 and Sunday November 10
Price: Children under three get in free. Tickets £12.80 for children aged three to 15, £12 for adults. On the night prices £16 per person for everyone aged three and above.  Book your tickets here
Enjoy spectacular fireworks, a roaring bonfire, late-night rides and music to bring the party alive.
The park will open later in the day and you can enjoy walk-through areas including Ice Age, Land of the Living Dinosaurs, Penguin Cove, Lorikeet Landing, Creepy Crawlies, Reptile World, African Village and the popular Sea Lion Show.
Safari Drive-Through will be CLOSED throughout the event.
Gates and Rides open 1pm, last entry 6pm, bonfire lit 5.45pm, fireworks 6.30pm, park and rides close 9pm. Lemur Woods close 4pm, African Village closes 5.30pm.

Today, National Rail confirmed: “A shortage of train crew at Birmingham New Street is causing disruption to London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway services via this station. Trains may be cancelled or revised. This is expected until the end of the day.”

West Midlands Railways was hit by widespread delays and cancellations during Tuesday’s rush hour. Many took to social media to voice their frustrations

Amazon has been accused of “wasting millions” on a major advertising campaign calling for customers to visit its warehouses.
In recent weeks, the retail giant – which has a key base in Rugeley, Staffordshire – has launched a series of TV, print and online promotional pushes inviting customers to “take a look” at the company’s operations following years of negative coverage over warehouse conditions.
But the GMB union called the move a stunt and demanded the company use its resources on staff to “stay safe and healthy at the end of their shift”.
It comes after recent reports found that an ambulance was called out to a UK Amazon warehouse once every two days last year, with staff reportedly breaking bones, collapsing and suffering serious falls.

(Image: PA)
The new TV adverts include workers at the company praising Amazon as an employer before asking viewers to “take a look for themselves” by visiting their local fulfilment centre.
Amazon said that “tens of thousands of people” have now visited its 17 warehouses across the UK but it is keen for more people to witness its inner workings.

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The company said the advertising campaign is part of a long-held desire to encourage people to see “what it’s really like in an Amazon fulfilment centre”.
Bosses said they have welcomed a variety of visitors, including school groups, curious customers and small business owners who sell products through its website, on the tours.

The Amazon depot in Rugeley,Staffordshire
During a recent visit to Amazon’s Peterborough site for the 75-minute tour, the PA news agency was accompanied by a dozen people, primarily consisting of retirees keen to inspect the site.
The retailer has been keen to increase transparency of its UK operations after union workers staged protests at the company’s sites earlier this year, accusing it of having “unsafe” working conditions.
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GMB national officer Mick Rix accused the company of spending millions to improve its image instead of addressing staff safety concerns.
He said: “Our investigations prove Amazon is an incredibly dangerous place to work. Hundreds of ambulance callouts, workers suffering electric shocks, heart attacks and even miscarriages.

“So rather than waste millions on flash advertising campaigns, why don’t Amazon just get round the table with us so we can work together and make sure their staff stay safe and healthy at the end of their shift?”
Amazon said the company offers visitors a view of a “safe and modern environment” on its tours.
An Amazon spokesman said: “We’re proud to show the faces and stories of the employees who fulfil customer orders in homes across the UK.
“But don’t take our word for it, come see for yourself – we’re proud of our employees and would love for anyone to come tour our sites.”

Torrential rain is set to batter Birmingham, as the city faces a deluge of downpours amid a Met Office weather warning, causing flooding in many roads across the city.
Seven flood alerts were made by the Environment Agency by around 1pm on Friday, October 25, with the yellow weather alert for rain issued by the Met Office just before midday.
The heavy rainfall is particularly affecting roads adjacent to rivers, especially in areas such as Longbridge, Nechells, Northfield, Kings Norton, Lifford, Stirchley, Selly Park and Digbeth.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths and bridges near local watercourses. We are closely monitoring the situation.”

Cars try to make their way through a flooded road in Birmingham city centre. (Image: PA)
The added: “Flood Alert is being issued as a precautionary measure following the forecast of heavy persistent rainfall, with the possibility of isolated heavier downpours across this area.
“This is expected to occur from this afternoon (Friday 25th October) and overnight until Saturday afternoon (26th October).
“However, there is uncertainty over the amount of rainfall expected. River and surface water flooding may affect these areas.
“We urge you to remain vigilant and avoid walking and driving through flood water.
“We are continuing to actively monitor the situation closely and will issue updates, and further flood alerts and warnings if necessary.”

What is freezing rain?

Freezing rain can quickly glaze an area with ice and leave roads and pavements in a dangerous condition, but fortunately it is relatively rare in the British Isles.
What is freezing rain?
According to the Met Office, freezing rain occurs when rain falls through sub-zero temperature air to become supercooled water that freezes “almost instantly” when it hits a cold surface.
Supercooled water droplets can exist in a liquid state below zero degrees, and occur in clouds in winter time.
Freezing rain typically starts life as snow, ice, sleet or hail which falls through a layer of air above zero degrees and melts into liquid water.
If these water droplets then pass through a zone of sub-zero air just above the ground, they become supercooled.
When supercooled droplets eventually strike cold ground they freeze on impact, creating a glaze of ice.
Why is it dangerous?
An abundance of freezing rain is called an ice storm and can bring large-scale disruption, the Met Office says.
Ice glaze can collect on trees or power lines which then break from the weight of the build-up.
Motorists and pedestrians are also risk as a glaze can make roads and pavements very slippery.
How common is it in the UK?
The Met Office explains that in some weather systems, for example in parts of the US, freezing rain is common.
But it adds: “The conditions needed for freezing rain to occur are quite specific and we don’t see them very often, making this phenomenon quite rare in the UK.
“We are more likely to see rain falling on to already frozen surfaces, or wet surfaces that freeze as temperatures drop below 0C overnight.”

 
There are four Met Office weather warnings currently in place for rain, covering parts of Wales as well as the Midlands, northern and south-western parts of England.
There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings, the Met Office is warning.
There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life, too.
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Yellow warnings for rain covering northern and south-western parts of the UK from 3pm on Friday to 3pm on Saturday warn of the potential for flooding and travel disruption.
There is also a more severe amber warning for southern Wales from 6pm on Friday to 11am on Saturday, with the Met Office warning: “Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.”
Ms Maxey also told PA that chillier weather can be expected this weekend, with the first widespread frost of the year anticipated.

She said: “We’ve also got some polar maritime air moving in across the country, so where this warmer air that’s coming up from the south meets the colder air, you see the heaviest rain at that point.
“Because of the colder air, there’s a possibility that some of the rain may fall as snow, but only over very high ground in the north.
“You might see a dusting on top of the Pennines, and you may see a centimetre or two over the mountains in Scotland.”

The Met Office spokeswoman added that the northern half of the country should expect temperatures in the high single-figures over the weekend, with southern parts anticipated to experience slightly warmer conditions in the low double-figures.
But these lower temperatures are said to be normal for late October.
Ms Maxey said: “It will be the first sort of cold weather for the country, we’ll see some widespread frosts and the first widespread cold weather of the season.
“It’s been relatively mild, so this will be the first cold weather of the season.”
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