Fireworks 2017-02-26T15:46:59+00:00

The theme park season ends with a bang, as Alton Towers Resort holds its fantastical 2-day firework event. Guests can enjoy rides in the dark, before being enchanted by a wondrous firework display.

This page currently contains information for the 2016 event. We will update it with details of the 2017 spectacular as soon as they’re released!

The 2016 Fireworks displays are on the 5th & 6th November at 7pm, with a preshow from 6.45pm.

The Theme Park is open from 10am until 9pm on every day of the event. Please note, Early Ride Time is not available during Fireworks.

Rides Closing Early

For safety reasons, the following attractions will close approximately at dusk at 3.30pm:

  • Skyride
  • Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure
  • Tree Fu Tom Training Camp
  • Battle Galleons
  • Congo River Rapids
  • The Gardens

The following attractions will close at 6pm:

  • Ice Age: The 4D Experience (Last show at 5pm)
  • Mr Bloom’s Allotment
  • Big Fun Show Time

Rides closing before and during the fireworks show

Some areas of the park are within the fireworks firing zone, and so must be clear of guests by 6pm, meaning that queue lines will close at 5pm (or even earlier if the rides are very busy). The rides will reopen from around 8pm until park close. These areas and rides are as follows:

  • Dark Forest – Rita, TH13TEEN
  • X Sector – The Smiler, Oblivion, Enterprise
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land – Frog Hopper, Twirling Toadstool, Gallopers Carousel
  • The Towers Complex
  • Adventure Land – Spinball Whizzer
  • CBeebies Land – Something Special: Sensory Garden, Postman Pat Parcel Post, Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure

A standard theme park admission ticket will allow you to watch the display, as well as enjoying all of the park’s rides and attractions!

For all ticket queries and for booking we recommend checking out the official Alton Towers Resort website.

The space themed spectacular runs will celebrate the launch of Galactica, the world’s first rollercoaster fully dedicated to virtual reality transporting people to another dimension.

The show will take guests on an intergalactic adventure on the world’s first space ship designed for thousands of people. Explore new worlds on the maiden voyage of the ship with an interstellar display featuring an astonishing amount of fireworks, striking special effects and incredible lasers that will light up the universe’s sky.

With the famous Towers as the backdrop the fireworks spectacular is set to be the Resort’s biggest and best fireworks display ever. Presenting space themed music, the fireworks spectacular lasts for over 20 minutes and is guaranteed to take your breath away!

The Alton Towers Resort is clearly signposted from the following motorway junctions:

M1: Junction 23a (Northbound) or Junction 28 (Southbound)
M6: Junction 15 (Northbound) or Junction 16 (Southbound)

The postcode for Sat Nav reference is: ST10 4DB. Please be aware that Sat Nav systems may try to send your car down single track roads, please always follow the brown signs to Alton Towers where possible.

Alton Towers Resort is also accessible by local bus services running from Stoke to Uttoxeter. Additionally, it is also accessible by train from Stoke-on-Trent and Uttoxeter rail stations. For more information on public transport connections, visit the Alton Towers website. Please remember to check the times of the last return bus for Fireworks visits, as not all services will cover the 9pm theme park close.

As Fireworks attracts a lot of guests to the resort, it can take a significant amount of time to leave the resort, which you may wish to consider factoring in to your journey home. Traffic is busiest straight after the Fireworks display so stick around later to avoid the main rush.

TowersTimes Top Tips


Please be aware that Fireworks is likely to be very busy and queues will be large for many of the rides and attractions.

It is always advisable to ride the most popular rides (such as Galactica and The Smiler) at the very start and end of the day. Remember that some rides will close in preparation for the fireworks display, however it can be a good opportunity to beat the queues when they reopen.

Single Rider Queues are available on The Smiler, TH13TEEN, Oblivion and Spinball Whizzer. These allow single riders to fill empty spaces on rides, often meaning a quicker wait time than the main queue. Please be aware that Single Rider Queues move much slower than normal queues and, when busy, could lead to a longer wait time.

Other methods and tips to avoid large queues are available on the TowersTimes website.

Handy Hints

  • Temperatures will drop as the park gets dark so remember to wrap up warm!
  • Stick around after the Fireworks display to avoid the main rush of traffic and enjoy the Resort’s rides in the dark.
  • Spinball Whizzer is generally much quieter in the afternoon and evening as many guests rush to ride it first in the morning.
  • Make sure to ride Oblivion to get a a great view of X Sector and The Smiler at night!
  • Riding TH13TEEN at night brings a whole new meaning to the Dark Forest, with there being next to no lighting around the ride’s circuit.
  • Buy your parking token from a machine or ticket booth at the start of the day to beat the queues when leaving the park.
  • Leave the theme park via the Galactica Gates to avoid the queues for the Monorail.
  • Join in the discussion on TowersTimes & SouthParks Forum for more Fireworks tips, photos and news!