Remember, remember the fifth of November… Bonfire Night, celebrating the failure of Guy Fawkes’ infamous Bonfire Plot in 1605, is a fun night out for all the family. Bonfires will be lit and fireworks will be illuminating the night’s sky with explosive colour all over the UK, but these are our picks for a fireworks spectacle to remember.
The Lord Mayor’s Show, London
The capital’s most iconic landmark, the Houses of Parliament, was the target for Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot in 1605 so it’s no surprise that the country’s biggest 5th November fireworks can be found here. Every year the Mayor of London hosts a spectacular fireworks display that light up the skies of London. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 8th November at 5.15 over the river Thames between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. Why not arrive earlier in the day with the family and enjoy all the attractions on the South Bank, including the family favourite – the London Aquarium? For more information and ticket prices visit www.lordmayorsshow.london.
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Cardiff Sparks in the Park
For an amazing display of pyrotechnics, a beast of a bonfire, funfair rides, live entertainment from Capital FM, head to Cardiff’s Sparks in the Parkevent on Saturday 1st November – the biggest fireworks display in Wales. There’ll be a special children’s fireworks display at 5.45pm, for little ones that don’t like big bangs, before the main event at 7pm. For more information and ticket prices visit www.cardiffroundtable.org/fireworks.
Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular, Kent
Little ones will love this year’s amazing pyrotechnic show at Leeds Castle, with the theme ‘Go Wild’ – a show inspired by animals of the world – on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November. Arrive early with the kids for the ‘Go Wild’ themed afternoon entertainment, including a creepy crawly comedy show with jungle music and dancing, enjoy hot food and drinks at a variety of stalls and be sure to gaze up at the heavens at 5.30pm when the night’s sky will be going wild. For more information and ticket prices visit www.leeds-castle.com.
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival, London
After a four-year hiatus, the fireworks festival at Alexandra Palace is back illuminating the skies of North London on Saturday 1st November. While the display starts at 7.30pm, the Park will be packed full of activities and entertainment to enjoy all day – including a family zone, jammed packed with a fun fair, face painting and family entertainment – until the first firework is launched into the sky. For more information and ticket prices visit www.alexandrapalace.com.
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Bristol Zoo Family Friendly Fireworks
Now in its seventh year, Bristol Zoo’s Family Friendly Fireworks are back for three evenings of great family entertainment on Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th of November. Beautiful, low-noise fireworks will light up Bristol Zoo, adding a sparkle to Guy Fawkes Night without the loud bangs that might frighten your little ones or our animals. For more information and ticket prices visit www.bristolzoo.org.uk.
Kaboom Firework Party, York
On 1st November, North Yorkshire’s biggest fireworks party will be back in the new setting of Castle Howard in York, the birthplace of the infamous Guy Fawkes. A combined event with Halloween and the finale of the Illuminating York Festival, this year's entertainment programme will start at 5.30pm featuring carnival performers including fire-eaters, fire jugglers, neon jugglers, fire poi and fire hooplas to entertain all the family. There will be colourful characters interacting with the audience right across the event and we will also have Minster FM there to entertain you before the big countdown at 7.30pm. For more information and ticket prices visit www.kaboomyork.com.
Poole Quay Fireworks, Dorset
Poole celebrates bonfire night with a fabulous firework display over the second largest natural harbour in the world (second only to Sydney). The whole length of Poole Quay will be packed with street performers and live music keeping the crowds entertained on Tuesday 5th November. Watch the waters light up in a myriad of colours at the largest free fireworks extravaganza on the south coast. For more information and ticket prices visit www.pooletourism.com .
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Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, Somerset
Taking place on Saturday 31st October, the dazzling fireworks display officially opens theBridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, the oldest carnival of its kind, dating to 1847. The build-up to the fireworks starts at 3pm with a host of family entertainment, including fairground rides and a special lantern parade, before the display begins at7.30pm. For more information and ticket prices visit www.bridgwatercarnival.org.uk .
Drayton Manor Fireworks, Birmingham
Drayton Manor theme park will be celebratingbang this year with one of the biggest firework displays in the Midlands on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of November. Little ones can enjoy the range of rides and attractions from 9.30am before the Firework Spectacular commences at 7pm, including the popular Thomas Land and the Drayton Manor Zoo. For more information and ticket prices visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk.
Hopetoun House Fireworks, Edinburgh
One of Scotland's finest stately homes, Hopetoun House is providing the backdrop for the fireworks display on Saturday November 1st. The theme on the night will be ‘Spooktacular’, so dress your family to impress in your Halloween costumes and don’t miss the children's costume parade with prizes for the best dressed! For more information and ticket prices visit www.hubtickets.co.uk.