Fireworks at Stoke Park

November 6, 2013

PODcast IMG_8935In November 2011 I was all set to see the fireworks at Stoke Park in Surrey. It sounded like the most incredible event. A torchlight procession from Guildford’s cobbled High Street up to Stoke Park followed by fireworks. I was SO excited.

It wasn’t to be though as on November 3rd I broke my wrist. We didn’t make it the following year either.

Last night we were determined POD would see her first firework display. Having decided against the torchlight procession this year we headed straight to Stoke Park.

PODcast IMG_8841 colourThere we were treated to a fun fair with everything you’d expect from bumper cars to a waltzer and a ghost train. Lots of lights, lots of noise and lots of people. POD had never seen anything like it so it was a lot to take in.

She had the best time spinning in a tea cup with Daddy and would have gone on again and again and again given the chance. Instead we opted for a train where she got the opportunity to drive her own carriage. It was a role she took very seriously and she didn’t want to get off!

It was quite a sight seeing the torchlight procession arrive – hundreds of torches amid a sea of darkness. We PODcast IMG_8877followed them to where the firework display was taking place. It reminded me of being at a concert where everyone is waving a lighter in the air.

It was reported 17,000 people were at Stoke Park last night. It was hardly surprising given it really was a spectacular show. And what a great introduction for POD. It was wonderful to see her little face when she saw fireworks for the first time.

We’re linking this post up with the Mad Mid-Week blog hop at Super Busy Mum.


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  • The Reading Residence November 6, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Wow – what a night! So glad you made it there at last, and seeing that torchlight procession must have been magical x

    • Charly Dove November 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      It was really great Jocelyn, so good to get there and it was brilliant!

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) November 6, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Wow – great photos (despite the problems with your camera!). POD looks like she’s having a fabulous time 🙂 #MMWBH

    • Charly Dove November 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you Sara, was so lucky to get the ones I did after my timer woes! Looks like I’d just knocked something. Next year I will check my camera before I leave the house!!!

  • older mum in a muddle November 7, 2013 at 8:39 am

    How lovely…. Pod looks like she had a fabulous time. The photos of the fireworks are awesome. X

    • Charly Dove November 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah. The fireworks were just brilliant and POD had the best time. Hope you had a good night too 🙂

  • Funky Wellies November 7, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Great fireworks photos! And love the expressions on POD’s face. She was clearly enjoying herself! 🙂 xx

    • Charly Dove November 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      She was having an absolute ball Katia – loved it! The fireworks were awesome too. Glad you had a great night too 🙂

  • sarahhillwheeler November 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Great firework pictures…always hard to take I find. I’d forgotten the cobbled streets of Guildford, and like to imagine it torchlit.

    • Charly Dove November 7, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      It’s lovely Guildford High Street, was a huge selling point when we moved here. POD should be big enough for us to the procession next year. Was quite incredible to see 🙂

  • Charlotte November 7, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Aww sounds like an amazing night! We have wanted to try it but a bit worried about the huge crowds! x

    • Charly Dove November 7, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      It was a bit weird initially Charlotte especially as it was past POD’s bed time (not that she’s actually asleep!). Was alright once we found our bearings and we weren’t our very long. Fireworks are always way too quick aren’t they. Hope you had fun too 🙂

  • Helen November 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Looks like she had a great time. I love the teacups but can never convince anyone to go on them with me!

  • Claire November 13, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Those fireworks photos are fantastic! Good work! Looks like little POD had a whale of a time! We gave the shows a miss this year, but hoping the girls will be old enough to appreciate it next year! #SavouringtheSeason