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 Bonfire Night, then you really are spoilt for choice with spectacular fireworks displays happening all over town. The biggest and best include Wimbledon Fireworks, which take place tonight, Friday 4th 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).
Tomorrow, Saturday 5th 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 and large crowds) along with Battersea Park Fireworks Display (opens 6pm, fireworks 8pm, large open-air food court, ticket required), Ealing Fireworks at Ealing Cricket Club (fireworks with a rock music soundtrack begin at 7.30pm, tickets required) and Coram’s Fields Fireworks display in Bloomsbury, central London (toddler-friendly, opens at 4pm, fireworks at 5pm, hot drinks, homemade cakes and glow sticks for kids).
For more London events, check out this complete list of Bonfire Night celebrations in the capital.
Rest of the UK
Tomorrow night, the biggest Bonfire Night celebration in the country takes place in the sleepy East Sussex county town of Lewes, 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.
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 both choreographed lasers and the biggest shells in the UK being fired into the night. Entrance is free and the fireworks kick off at 7.30 pm.
Yorkshire’s biggest fireworks display (and giant funfair) is held in Sheffield – the After Dark Fireworks Spectacular takes place at the Don Valley Grass Bowl next to the Sheffield Arena and the massive display set to music kicks off at 8.45 pm.
The long November night may culminate in a huge bonfire and fireworks display in Ottery St Mary but this Devon village is better known for its hundreds-of-years-old spectacle of townspeople carrying flaming tar barrels through the crowded streets; a tradition that appears truly insane to outsiders but is fiercely guarded by locals.