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We ask display organisers and residents in the New Forest to be aware of ponies and other animals when using fireworks to avoid causing them injuries and distress. Remember that fireworks may land near to livestock in fields some distance away.

The livestock in the National Park and horses in fields can be easily frightened by loud bangs and bright lights. It can cause them to injure themselves by running into fencing, or they can run across roads and be hit by passing traffic. This can also be a problem for those in stables who have no means of escape.

Fireworks can also disrupt the tranquillity of the New Forest, one of the special qualities for which it is designated a National Park.

Please consider celebrating your event without fireworks wherever possible to preserve the Forest’s tranquillity and protect its livestock.

If you are considering fireworks then please be aware that the Fireworks Regulations 2004  sets out a curfew on the use of adult fireworks. It is an offence to let off fireworks between 11pm and 7am except on November 5 (midnight – 7am), New Years Eve (1am – 7am), Chinese New Year (1am -7am) and Diwali Night (1am – 7am).

The British Horse Society also posts advice on its website.

You can find more information about public events on the New Forest District Council website.

Head of Environment and Rural Economy


'To avoid damage and obstruction, please park only in designated car parks, not on a verge or in gateways.'

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