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Redditch Borough Council to replace fireworks at Arrow Valley with 'Autumn Halloween Spectacular'

Tristan Harris 15th Aug, 2021 Updated: 15th Aug, 2021

A SPECTACULAR event is being planned to light up Redditch borough this autumn.

With increasing costs and security issues in mind, borough council leaders plan to replace the fireworks display, usually at Arrow Valley Park, with a free week-long Halloween and lights extravaganza for all ages.

Last year the firework event was cancelled because of Covid and officers have spent the last months exploring different options which are not only are more cost-effective, but will be accessible to more people.

Coun Mike Rouse, whose portfolio covers leisure, said: “Due to the current layout of the park, and the ongoing construction works for the new supermarket, we cannot make it a ticketed event at this point in time.

“This helps not only with the costs, but with limiting and managing the amount of people attending the event to ensure it is safe.

“That’s why we have to come up with something else for this year.”

More details of the Autumn Halloween spectacular will be revealed next month.

Redditch Borough Council leader, Coun Matt Dormer, said: “We have no idea what social restrictions could be in place later on this year so I support this decision from that point of view, but also, after a year of not much happening anywhere, it’s fantastic we are committed to putting on this week-long extravaganza, rather than a one night wonder.”

More details will be released in due course.

  • What do you think? Do you like the idea of the Halloween and Lights Extravaganza? Or would you prefer a firework display? Email your views to

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