A ROAD closure will be in place for this Saturday's Lord Mayor's Fireworks Extravaganza at Chester Racecourse.

The event returns after a two-year absence on November 6, with tickets having already sold out.

Visitors to the event are advised that Lower Watergate Street will be closed to traffic from 1pm to midnight on Saturday, November 6, from the junction with Nicholas Street/St Martin's Way, to just beyond the Racecourse entrance on New Crane Street.

The Chester Racecourse car park, therefore, will not be open on the day.

Organisers say this is because the fireworks will be stationed on the open course and, due to health and safety, they cannot have vehicles moving around there.

Instead, visitors are advised to make use of the city centre car parks or use public transport or the Park and Ride facilities. Drop-offs outside the Holiday Inn Express are allowed.

To help city centre traffic flow, like last weekend, there will be two lanes from Grosvenor Roundabout to the Fountains Roundabout for this weekend.

Commuters have experienced long delays this week as traffic on Nicholas Street northbound has been restricted to one lane due to ongoing Clockwise Chester central reservation works.

Here is everything else you need to know about Saturday's fireworks show:

  • The event is sold out, and people will be unable to purchase tickets on the day.
  • People should enter the racecourse via gates 3A, 4 and 5.
  • The entirety of the grandstand side of the racetrack will be open to all ticketholders on the night. Every ticket holder can move between Dee, Tattersalls and County stands freely, as well as across the track to The White Horse car park where the funfair will be located as well as food vendors.

Due to limited lighting, the inner paddock area of the racecourse will not be in use by the public for health and safety reasons.

  • Those without a ticket are advised not to congregate outside of the racecourse, in particular the Nuns Road area.
There will be a funfair at the Lord Mayors Fireworks Extravaganza at Chester Racecourse.

There will be a funfair at the Lord Mayor's Fireworks Extravaganza at Chester Racecourse.

  • The gates will open to the public at 5pm. The children’s fireworks display will take place at approximately 6.45pm and the main fireworks display will begin at approximately 7.30pm. Last entry is permitted at 7.45pm, the bars will close at 8.30pm, and the funfair and racecourse will close at 9pm.
  • To protect others, Chester Racecourse is urging all attendees to wear face masks at the event. The event will comply with all of the latest Government Covid-19 guidelines.
  • The Lord Mayor’s Fireworks Extravaganza is a not-for-profit event, with all proceeds going to five local charities; Chapter, Deafness Support Network, Hospice of the Good Shepherd, The Chester Lions and Share.
  • There will be two fireworks displays – one for children and one for adults/everyone. In addition, the racecourse will play host to an entire funfair on The White Horse pub car park.
Holly Nelson and Uná Meehan, Good for Nothing Chester co-leads.

Holly Nelson and Uná Meehan, Good for Nothing Chester co-leads.

  • Chester’s community heroes will have their name in lights at this year's fireworks display. During the pandemic lockdowns in 2020, Chester MP Chris Matheson worked with local civic participation group ‘Good for Nothing’ to collect nominations for Chester’s community heroes.

The names will be displayed on the big screens at the racecourse during the firework display.

The Good for Nothing Chester Project a Local Hero campaign.

The Good for Nothing Chester Project a Local Hero campaign.

  • This year, the racecourse has also arranged a whole evening of spectacle, with fire performers taking to the racetrack throughout the event. As well as this, there will be LED stilt walkers to welcome guests to the event, and will regularly take to the stands to walk amongst the crowd.
  • There will be a range of places serving food/drink on the night including racecourse bars/restaurants, as well as third-party food stalls.