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Arena Essex Raceway presents...

Firecracker XXVII

Sunday 4th November 2018

Gates open: 9.00am First race: 1.00pm

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Join us for the Final Farewell

Our team look forward to welcoming you to Firecracker XXVII to celebrate over 40 years of racing and to join with us to say 'bon voyage' to Arena Essex Raceway.

You may know that Arena Essex Raceway’s humble beginnings were the creation of “Chick“ Woodroffe, but what you may not know is that 27 years ago the very 1st Firecracker meeting was actually the brainchild of Chick’s son, Tony, persuading his father to invest in a spectacular end of season finale.

In its heyday Arena has housed up to 13,000 spectators for this event, with over 200 entries from the extremely rare makes/models to the latest; Rolls Royce’s, Chevvies, Hearses, Limos and some weird and wonderful vehicles along the way.

It is fitting therefore that Firecracker XXVII brings our racing at the track to a close. With over 230 cars booked in for the final goodbye, including drivers from Holland, Belgium, Eire and all over the UK, along with Shellshock Fireworks (who have been with us since the beginning), we are hoping for a truly spectacular farewell.

Arena Essex Raceway and everyone involved will bid you a sad and heartfelt farewell for having such a profound effect on so many lives, not least by introducing us to numerous characters over the last 41 years, we thank you.

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Advance tickets are available to buy until 21st October 2018 (or until all tickets are sold).

Please make sure you read the important information section below BEFORE purchasing your tickets. No exchanges or refunds will be given for failure to read this information or comply with our rules.


Ticket type Advance ticket prices On the day prices*
Full price (15-64 years) £15 £20
Child** (5-14 years) £5 £10
Under 5s*** (Under 5 years only) £0 £0
OAPs** (65 years and over) £10 £15
Family ticket (2 full price and up to 4 children) £40 £60

*If available (we expect this event to be fully sold out in advance).

**Age discounted tickets are only valid where proof of age has been presented (where requested) on entry at the gate. Should this not be available, you may be requested to pay full price for entry.

***Whilst admittance is free for under 5s, please ensure you book the appropriate number of tickets for any under 5s in your party for health and safety reasons.

Please note that ticket prices include parking and entry to the event, but due to to the nature of this Firecracker as the last ever event at Arena Essex Raceway, it DOES NOT include the special commemorative programme, which will be available to purchase separately on the day.

Carer tickets

Disabled and/or Carer discounted tickets are not available to purchase online in advance. Please contact the office on 01708 867728, Monday to Friday between 10am-4pm, where a member of our team will be on hand to assist you with any queries and ticket purchases for this event. Please note that proof of disabled and/or carer criteria will be required in advance of any discounted ticket purchase.

Tavern Wristbands

Wristbands for entry to the Arena Essex Raceway Tavern are currently under review. Please keep checking this page for more information about the advance purchase of Raceway Tavern Wristbands.

Important information

Before purchasing your tickets, please make sure all members of your party have read and understood the information below. No exchanges or refunds will be given for failure to read this information or comply with our rules.

  • Whilst admittance is free for under 5s, please ensure you book the appropriate number of tickets for any under 5s in your party for health and safety reasons.
  • When you click 'Buy Tickets' you will be transferred to our ticket agent website, Ticket Tailor, to complete the buying process. The purchase process is linked to PayPal, so you may be asked to login if you have a PayPal account. To bypass this step simply scroll down and click the link below to 'Pay by Credit/Debit Card'. This will allow you to checkout as a guest, without logging in or creating an account.
  • Tickets will NOT be posted out. Once you have completed the purchase process online you will receive an email containing your e-ticket, with a barcode to be scanned on the day (please check your spam folders if this is not received into your inbox within a few hours).
  • You MUST bring your ticket (either printed out or displayed on your phone/tablet) on the day to be scanned. NO ENTRY without a valid ticket on the day.
  • You are responsible for the safety and security of your e-ticket. Your ticket number is unique and once the ticket has been scanned through for admittance to the stadium any further copies presented will be refused entry.
Stadium conditions
  • Please consider whether this event is suitable for all members of your party (such as young children or those with mobility issues) should the stadium be full to capacity.
  • Outside of the Raceway Tavern the stadium is very exposed to the elements. Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing according to the weather conditions on the day, and bear in mind that weather conditions can vary throughout the day.
  • The stadium consists of areas of uneven ground which can become slippery when wet. Please ensure you wear appropriate footwear for the ground and weather conditions.
Rules and restrictions
  • Only alcohol purchased from Arena Essex may be consumed on the premises.
  • Whilst we are happy for you to bring chairs and/or small pop-up tents, the number of spectators for this event may mean that you are not able to use them. Please be considerate of those around you.
  • You are permitted to bring small gazebos for use as rain shelters (no tables), but these can ONLY be located at the top of the banking, where placed against the wooden fencing. They will NOT be permitted in any other location.
  • No barbeques or ladders are permitted in the stadium.