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It's Alton Towers' 40th birthday and it's putting on one show-stopping party. 

The firework spectacular has taken over a year to create and will be the UK's biggest display to date.

The Staffordshire theme park will be hosting its 40th anniversary celebrations over three nights from November 5, 6 and 7 2021.

The resort has released a sneak peek of what visitors to the park can expect with a series of digital preview images which have been created with digital technology.

Basingstoke Gazette: Alton Towers Firework Display. Credit: Alton TowersAlton Towers Firework Display. Credit: Alton Towers

Alton Towers has said the event will take more than 3 weeks, 27 articulated lorries of equipment and a show crew of more than 60 experts to build ahead of opening night.

There will also be 7,000 control panels, 42 lasers and 750 lighting cues to keep up with the specially curated soundtrack that spans a variety of music genres.

The park will still open every day from 10am so that guests can explore all of the world-renowned rides that the park has to offer.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the attractions well into the evening until 9pm. 

Chris Carter, Events and Entertainments Director at Alton Towers Resort, said: “Last year, understandably, we weren’t able to put on our annual Fireworks Spectacular.

"Having that extra year to think about and create something out-of-this world means our guests are going to get something truly unmissable.

"We really hope it will evoke the emotion and thrill we are aiming and that we have felt putting this year’s showstopper together.

"Not only does it celebrate iconic moments of our 40 years history at Alton Towers, it aims to capture what the Resort means to our guests.”

Basingstoke Gazette: Wickerman in the dark. Credit: Alton TowersWickerman in the dark. Credit: Alton Towers


How to book tickets to Alton Towers Fireworks Spectacular

Booking for the Fireworks Spectacular at Alton Towers is essential and booking in advance is recommend.

The event will run from November 5 to 7 2021 and tickets start from £39 per person. 

This includes full day access to the park from 10am until 9pm.

An overnight stay during the event start from £50pp and including bed and breakfast, a choice of live evening entertainment across the Resort’s themed hotels, free parking and complimentary round of Extraordinary Golf.

The park also has a VIP experience ‘Big Bang’ package available which starts from £110pp and includes entry to the Golden Circle premium viewing area, 2- course buffet dining, unlimited refreshments from midday, priority ride pass for three rides and souvenir photo to take home.

Or if you're a regular at the theme park, why not invest in a Merlin Annual Pass which gets you access to more than 25 attractions across the country, including Alton Towers.

Passholders can also take advantage of other benefits from Merlin, unlocking further savings with each visit, including up to 20 per cent discount on food, drinks and retail, up to 20 per cent off short breaks at Resort hotels with Merlin Holiday Club.

Merlin Monthly Membership gives families the opportunity to split the cost throughout the year with payments starting from £14.99 for the Gold Membership option plus a one-off sign-up fee of £49.99 for Gold Pass and £59.99 for Platinum Pass.

You can buy a Merlin Annual Pass on the website.