Saturday 1st November 2014 saw the 7th annual Bonfire and Fireworks event take place here at Quex Park. Two years ago Kent Events, the event organisers decided to take the displays to the next level by introducing music to the displays. This have proven to be very popular & the event has continued to grow over the years and has a great amount of support from the local area.
So, we thought it would be a good idea to have a chat with Kent Events and understand why they decided to do the event, what actually goes into putting it together and what makes it so successful.
Here is a Question and answer session with Stephen Wyatt, one of the Directors of Kent Events:
What gave you the idea to start Kent Events?
To be honest a 70p cup of coffee in the canteen at our previous place of work. Carol and I were discussing various options for our individual futures and realised it would probably work better if we joined forces. Carol has extensive health and Safety knowledge and my back ground was event and traffic management so felt we could combine our skills.
Why did you choose to do a Firework Event?
We wanted to extend the tourist season a bit further. There is more to Thanet than the beaches and most people drive past Quex to get to Margate, Ramsgate or Broadstairs, so we decided to do a Fireworks event, the rest is now history!
How long does it take you to plan the event?
We generally commence planning in the December of the previous year, this is when we start putting down the ideas of theme and which Charity we would like to support. However we are also thinking about 2016’s event and hope to have something very special for November 5th!
How long does it take to physically put the event together?
We commence physically building the event two to three weeks in advance of the night. This takes into account the weather and getting materials to site. The bonfire alone can take 3-4 days to build.
What was the most difficult thing you had to deal with during planning the event?
Seriously, the ground conditions cause us the biggest problem, it invariably rains during the build and the fields turn to mud. Otherwise it is the marketing of the event. But now the event is very well known, it is becoming a bit easier. This year we had people from France buying tickets.
What was the most difficult thing you had to deal with during the event itself?
The hardest thing during the event is managing the expectations of the public and social media. We do our best to keep the event interesting by bringing in various attractions or changing the theme, but you unfortunately can’t please everyone no matter how hard you try.
If you could change anything about the event, what would it be & why?
That’s a difficult question to answer, we keep changing the event slightly every year and try new things when we can. But it’s a matter of tweaking it until you find the right formula and then building on that.
What did you enjoy about the event most this year?
Hearing the public cheering after the final display, when you hear that you know you have got it right! Also the positive comments on Social Media. We answer all messages on Social Media as it is important to engage with the public all the time.
So the event was again very successful, but can you describe it in 3 words?
Fantastic, spectacular, challenging!
So there you have it We hope to see you all next year for another great event!