October 10, 2018
We’re stocking up on glow sticks, sparklers and woolly gloves in time for Bonfire Night weekend. With plenty of events taking place all over the country, here’s a quick guide to some of the best fireworks celebrations in London and around the UK…
If you’re in London this weekend or on Bonfire Night itself, then you really are spoilt for choice with spectacular fireworks displays happening all over town. The biggest and best include Wimbledon Fireworks, which takes place on Bonfire Night, Monday 5th November in Wimbledon Park, complete with fairground and side stalls (gates open at 5.15 pm, displays at 6.45 pm and 8.30pm, ticket required).
On Saturday 3rd November, the lineup includes Blackheath Fireworks Display, a completely free event and one of the biggest and brightest displays in the capital (fireworks at 8pm, funfair from noon) along with Battersea Park Fireworks Display (opens 6pm, fireworks 8pm, ticket required), Ealing Cricket Club Fireworks, which this year celebrates 100 years of the Royal Air Force (opens 6pm, fireworks 7.45pm, mulled wine, BBQ and candy floss throughout, tickets required) and – a day earlier on Friday 2nd November – there’s Coram’s Fields Fireworks displayin Bloomsbury, central London (toddler-friendly, opens at 3.30pm, fireworks at 5.15pm, hot drinks, homemade cakes and glow sticks for kids).
And if you’re in north London this weekend, you can stretch the festivities over two whole days with the Ally Pally Fireworks Festival at Alexandra Palace. It opens at 5pm on Friday 2nd November (with fireworks at 9pm) and then again at 4pm on Saturday 3rd (with fireworks at 8pm), plus a German Bier Festival (separate ticket required), an ice rink and a fairground, as well as circus acrobatic shows and live music.
On Monday 5th November, the East Sussex county town of Lewes will host the biggest Bonfire Night celebration in the world, locally known as ‘the Fifth’. Lewes Bonfire Night regularly attracts up to 80,000 spectators and the town’s various bonfire societies organise a number of torchlit processions through the medieval streets before the fireworks displays begin. As is tradition, the bonfire will include the burning of an effigy – usually a high-profile, controversial public figure – and it’s been revealed that this year’s honour goes to … former London mayor and foreign secretary Boris Johnson.
Up at the other end of the UK, Glasgow‘s main event takes place at Glasgow Green, and looks set to surpass last year’s 50,000 explosions in the sky, with more of the biggest shells in the UK being fired into the night. Entrance is free from 5pm, there’s a funfair, and the fireworks kick off at 7.30 pm.