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Coming to the Event

Thursday 21st December 2017

Burning the Clocks is a free spectator event.

The parade leaves from New Road at 6.30pm and arrives at Madeira Drive at approximately 7.15pm, when lanterns are passed onto the bonfire and the fireshow begins. The event finishes at around 8pm.

The parade makes its way through North Street, Ship Street, East Street, onto the seafront and along to Madeira Drive for the finale. Please do not wait in New Road to watch the parade as this is our assembly zone for 1,500 participants and there is no space for audience.

The fireshow will take place on the beach with viewing from Madeira Drive and the Upper Terrace on Marine Parade. The finale will contain loud music and pyrotechnics.

If you would like to take part in the parade, please purchase a lantern kit which includes parade wristbands. Participants are asked to arrive promptly according the directions in the packs, to have their lanterns lit and be lined up safely.

There will be a designated viewing area for spectators who require disabled access. Please note this will be allocated on a first come first served basis. On arrival at Madeira Drive, ask a steward to direct you or follow the parade to the finale site gates.

We politely ask you not to bring home-made lanterns to the event as they compromise safety. We are required to safety check every lantern. We also ask people not to bring Chinese sky lanterns or fireworks to the event.

Same Sky’s policy is that the event will go ahead, regardless of the weather, as long as it’s safe. However, we reserve the right to cancel the event on safety grounds in the case of extreme weather conditions. If there are any updates or changes to the event they will be noted on this page and also on our facebook page.

Burning the clocks relies on crowd support to make sure the event happens every year. In exchange for your support we can offer a range of benefits such as exclusive hand made personalised lanterns to carry in the parade, VIP viewing tickets, joining us on the beach, large family lanterns and even lighting the BTC bonfire right in the heart of the action! For full details click here to visit our crowdfunding page.

Thank you.