Fashion, food, lifestyle and culture in St Albans
I LOVE fireworks, in fact I love this time of year. Full Stop. You can legitimately start to express excitement about feeling ‘Christmassey’ without your loved ones throwing things at you, alcoholic beverages start to get warm, hollow cavernous fireplaces spring to life and everything feels as if you are living in Hogsmeade or the Shire, whichever reference most floats your boat. It’s snuggly, cosy and romantic and for me it all begins with Firework night.
TONIGHT, Saturday 3rd November, will see the St Albans skies turn into a technicolour spectacle as the Cathedral and Abbey Church put on their annual Fireworks display in Verulamium Park. Accompanied by the acapella stylings of the St A community oohing and aahing in perfect unison, Redbourn’s Fantastic Fireworks will kick off the ‘Holiday’ spirit for us in style over our beautiful Verulamium Lake. Magical? Yes, indeedy.
Having spent years away from home, I have foolishly sampled other firework displays, including London’s rather pathetic failed attempt last year…oh the shame…and none have ever really compared to the majesty and magnificence of our very own city’s offering.
Top Tip: Buy your tickets now from the Alban Arena to avoid the epic queues later in the Park.
Gates will open at 18.00, with the festivities kicking off at 19.30.
Tonight is a great opportunity to enjoy your City. Make an evening of it, you’re already out, so head forth to your favourite eatery or try out something new. Don’t hurry home to X Factor, blessed Sky Plus has it covered.
If you’re stuck for somewhere to go, these are my Top 3 POST FIREWORK PIT STOPS:
1. Lussmanns-One of my top restaurants in town. IF the Gods smile down upon you and you can still get a table, you can do no better than walking the 100 yards from Verulamium to Lussmanns in Waxhouse Gate. Also, look out for two new puds on the menu courtesy of local baker boy Johnny from The Pudding Stop. Call ahead and book now to avoid disappointment 01727 851 941
2. Ye Olde Fighting Cocks– Literally a stone’s throw from the display, on the edge of the park, this is a perfect location to escape from the chilly eve. IF you can squeeze in and find a spot to settle down in, snuggle down and get comfy in St Albans’s oldest pub. Christos and his team’s warm hospitality is a great treat for Pre or Post the festivities.
3. The Snug– Beautiful, cosy Snug bar opposite the Clocktower literally has a multitude of snug little nooks and crannies, perfect for shedding the layers and escaping the chilly Autumn eve. Yum sharing platters will keep the grumbles at bay, whilst you all get warm, rosy and merry with their epic drinks menu.
Whatever you do, have a great time! Grab some chunky knit, pop up that Barbour and pull on your Hunter wellies, it’s going to be a chilly one.