People attending Racecourse fireworks display urged to use town centre car parks

A fireworks display will be held on the Racecourse in Northampton on November 5
A fireworks display will be held on the Racecourse in Northampton on November 5

People in Northampton planning to attend the fireworks display on the Racecourse are being encouraged to use the council’s town centre car parks.

Northampton Borough Council is hosting a free event on Thursday including a bonfire, which is being lit at 7pm, and fireworks starting at 7.30pm.

Last year more than 14,000 watched the display in Becket’s Park, and with more room at the Racecourse, the crowd is expected to be even bigger.

But there will be no parking at the Racecourse, the small car park by the pavilion will only be available for disabled parking.

The council is advising people driving to the event to park in the town centre car parks, including St Michael’s multi-storey, Campbell Square and Market Street, which are a short walk away and cost £1 in the evening.

Councillor Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for community engagement said: “Last year’s event was a real success bringing thousands of people into Northampton. Before and after the event the town centre was buzzing with people enjoying the restaurants and cafes in the town centre.

“The display next week is set to be another great event. Visit our website to find out where to park for just £1 and how to get to the Racecourse in time for a good view.”

The small car park on the East Park parade side of the Racecourse will be closed and that site will be used for refreshment stands and children’s fairground rides.

For more information about the event and nearest car parks visit