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Hundreds Flock To Farm For Annual Fireworks

Tuesday November 5 2013




HUNDREDS made their way to Cannon Hall on Sunday evening for their annual fireworks display.

Blustery rain showers thankfully stopped before the event got underway and scores of people turned out for the popular annual event.

Michelle Scott, 46, of Darton, brought her husband Paul, 47, and two kids James, 15, and Izzy, 12, along. 

"It's just an annual family thing for us now," she said. "The farm is so popular and the fireworks never fail to deliver."

It was the first time many people had seen the farm's new £1.4million farmyard, designed to give visitors a unique insight into the workings of a modern farm with purpose-built viewing galleries.

Opened this summer, the seven new farm buildings went down a treat with the kids.

Joanne Hall, 24, of Dodworth, brought her three-year-old daughter Maisie to see what all the fuss is about.

"Maisie's absolutely loved it," Joanne said. "The piglets were her favourite but she took to the 'moo cows' as well!"

However, disgruntled Jonathan Hirst, 41, of Grimethorpe, bemoaned the queues.

"I feel like a farm animal myself if I'm honest," he joked. "We're tightly packed in and we're all waiting in line for some food.

"Every queue is so long for drink, food and toilets. I feel a bit let down as it should have been organised better.

"It's almost like they weren't prepared to cope with the amount who have turned up." 

Did you go to Cannon Hall's bonfire? What did you make of it? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Dave on Tuesday November 5 2013 at 13:03
The fireworks were ok but didn't really justify the high entry price. The queues for food and the Ladies toilet were huge, a burger took over half an hour to get and then you were charged £3.75 for a plain hamburger. Conditions underfoot were terrible, you could blame the weather for that but some matting could have been put down in the high traffic areas beforehand. The worst things were the very long distances people with pushchairs and wheelchairs had to walk down unlit hilly lanes to get to their cars and the complete lack of any lighting away from the main farm complex, both were an accident waiting to happen and my family won't be going back next year.

Reply Posted by pauline on Tuesday November 5 2013 at 13:06
Disgraceful prices for food and drinks,there couldn,t organise a piss up in a brewery,will def not be going again,RIP OFF!!

Reply Posted by ASDA PRICE on Wednesday November 6 2013 at 13:09
WORTH EVERY PENNY IT WAS LIKE SHOP LIFTING

Reply Posted by Ron on Tuesday November 5 2013 at 13:12
Entry to the farm and parking on a normal day would cost more than the family ticket so I thought it was a bargain. We got there early, went round the farm, went to the cafe, round the farm again and then watched the bonfire and fireworks.

Reply Posted by Jo Schofield on Tuesday November 5 2013 at 13:14
Oh my I cannot believe the negativity The bonfire and fireworks were fantastic People need to get into the spirit of things Yes it was dark so please work on that Mr Cannon Hall but HUGE WELL DONE it was just brill

Reply Posted by Zoe Harrison on Tuesday November 5 2013 at 13:20
Me, my partner and our friends went early as we bought the advanced tickets so got parked quite close and we loved it! Thought it was well worth the price! The fireworks were amazing and we're planning on going back again next year :)

Reply Posted by Me on Tuesday November 5 2013 at 13:39
The event was all right to be fair, But that DJ... jeeze... he would not shut up, i don't think we got through a full song without him shouting "Come on Barnsley"... i don't know who he was, but i think he must have spent most of his career DJing weddings... But i thought it was well thought out and as for queues, you're always going to get that at a popular event with thousands of people attending.

Reply Posted by Cesca on Tuesday November 5 2013 at 13:52
Iv only ever been to Locke park and I won't be going again after been to cannon hall, it was £8 to get in and the fire works were so much better then Locke park. People whining about the toilets what do you expect? No one else tone there other them you. I waiting no more the 10 mins to get In the toilet and no more the 2 getting a drink. The farm was brill I loved it will be going again next year x

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday November 5 2013 at 15:39
2 adults 3 kids £35 arf a mile ques 4 an hotdogs and drinks £25. hook a duck £7.50. 1 hour to get out of the car park. mite have 1 in my garden next year.

Reply Posted by Menolikey on Tuesday November 5 2013 at 16:04
The loud music and DJ was an absolutely stupid idea and completely ruined it. You couldn't hear the fire crackle or distant fireworks, all of which add to the atmosphere of Bonfire Night. Really, really stupid.

I doubt all the poor farm animals liked it either, but they'll all be at the abbatoir soon enough and portioned up, so I don't suppose they care too much.

Reply Posted by Fred on Tuesday November 5 2013 at 18:09
We went to both Locke park and cannon hall. Locke park was much better value and the fire works where miles better than Cannon hall, however cannon hall was a better atmosphere, more like a festival !

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Wednesday November 6 2013 at 10:02
Does we Are Barnsley sponsor Cannon Hall or something? There were plenty of other COMMUNITY Bonfires going off that got no coverage whatsoever.


Reply Posted by liz on Friday November 8 2013 at 06:50
thought it was discustin how they packed every one in lighting was a mess carnt tell you how many folks ankles i ran over with a pram was quite frankly dangerous supprise sumone dint get hurt trying to leave!