Firework spectacular set to wow spectators at Cheshire's Anderton Boat Lift this Autumn | Knutsford Times

Firework spectacular set to wow spectators at Cheshire’s Anderton Boat Lift this Autumn

By on September 6, 2019

One of Cheshire’s leading firework displays is back with a bang on Saturday 26 October. In an explosion of sound and colour, the Canal & River Trust’s iconic Anderton Boat Lift, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’ will be staging its annual musical firework display against the dramatic backdrop of the picturesque River Weaver. Blitz Fireworks, one of the country’s top multi award-winning firework teams, aims to exceed even last year’s extraordinary display. On the night, gates open at 6.30pm and family fun will include a number of exciting fairground rides as well as the opportunity to buy affordable and tasty food. Big savings can be made by pre-booking advanced tickets online at This event has been sponsored by David Wilson Homes.

Special pre-booked tickets cost just £7.50 for adults, £5.50 for children and £22 for a family (two adults plus two children). All under three year olds go free but will still require a ticket. On the night, gate price will be £9.50 for adults, £6.50 for children and £24 for a family ticket.

Multi award-winning pyrotechnic team, Blitz Fireworks from Crewe, who are known for the excellence of their synchronised musical display, will as in previous years be setting off the fireworks from floating pontoons in the River Weaver. This technical challenge means visitors get an enhanced experience because they can watch the fireworks reflected in the glittering water from the lawned terraces of the Boat Lift.

As well as enjoying the fairground rides and play area, children can buy a series of imaginative glow-in-the-dark toys and gadgets. Delicious, freshly prepared, affordable food, including burgers, hot dogs and chips will be available on the night and there will be a fully licensed bar in the Lift View Marquee.

Graham Wood, Duty Manager, Anderton Boat Lift, said: “The Lift’s musical firework display is really something special and is one of the highlights of the Lift’s calendar. Visitors find the setting magical with the giant lift overlooking the water and the wonderful interplay of music and sound as the fireworks and music synchronise. It really is an unforgettable night out for family and friends and a ‘must see’ event.

Owned by the Canal & River Trust charity, The Anderton Boat Lift is one of the seven wonders of Britain’s waterways and is the world’s first ever successful boat lift. The Lift is an interesting combination of working historic structure and fun, educational experience. Its historical importance is recognized in its Scheduled Ancient Monument status.

During the Autumn there are regular boat trips at the Lift. Visitors can take a journey along the River Weaver to Northwich whilst learning about the town’s industrial heritage or opt for a thrilling trip through the spectacular boat lift. Combined tickets allow visitors to do both of the boat trips above at reduced price.

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