10 Best Bonfire Nights and Fireworks Displays 2015
With exactly a week to go until Bonfire Night, here are our top 10 ways to celebrate this historical British event all over the UK! The dates are staggered, so you could enjoy a whole week of firework celebrations if you wanted…
1. Lewes (near Brighton), East Sussex
Lewes town near Brighton hosts the mother of all bonfire nights, and it’s considered the UK’s largest and most famous fireworks display. The tradition of rolling burning tar barrels through the street was established in the early 19th century and is still standing strong. The bonfire celebrations are loud and can feel ever-so-slightly dangerous. Note: this is not one for the kids.
Thursday 5th November 2015, Tickets FREE
2. Wimbledon Musical Fireworks Display, London
This bonfire night is set to music and consists of two performances: the first is designed for children and starts at 6.30pm themed to The Wonderful Music of Disney and the second bonfire is lit at 8.15pm, followed by a firework display with a theme of Through the Decades. We want tickets for both!
Thursday 5th November 2015, Tickets £8.80 in advance and £10 on the gate (adult) £6.60 in advance and £8 on the gates (child)
3. Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival, London
Ally Pally is one of the most dramatic settings for a firework display. This bonfire night also features a funfair, ice-skating and a German beer festival! It’s on a steep hill so the views over North London are spectacular.
Saturday 7th November 2015, Tickets £9 (adult) and £6.50 (child)
4. Bonfire Night Celebrations at Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham
This event is more about the funfair than the fireworks, but it’s a fantastic free family event. Forest Recreation Ground has a slope which is great for viewing the bonfire from – but get there early!
Thursday 5th November 2015, Tickets FREE
5. Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, Somerset
This firework display is famous for its brightly-lit up parade floats and the tradition of ‘Squibbing’, which is unique to Bridgwater. By definition, Squibbing is the simultaneous firing of lots of fireworks in a procession. ‘Squibbers’ line the streets and hold the squib at arm’s length above their heads. The ultimate effect is really impressive!
Saturday 7th November 2015, Tickets FREE
6. Bristol Zoo Family Friendly Fireworks, Bristol
Special low-noise fireworks are used at this celebration to allow for toddlers and to make sure the zoo animals don’t get scared.
Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th November 2015, Tickets £8 (adult) and £5 (child)
7. Hopetoun Bonfire & Fireworks Night, Edinburgh
Another stunning setting, this Guy Fawkes spectacular takes places just outside of Edinburgh at one of Scotland’s finest stately homes; a very civilised backdrop for your rockets, catherine wheels and sparklers!
Saturday 7th November 2015, Tickets £13 (adult) and £6.50 (child)
8. Hackney Firework Pyromusical, London
The chosen-by-residents theme for this year’s Firework Pyromusical is… Superheroes! The theme tunes from films such as Batman and Thor will be used to accompany the fireworks display. Visitors are encouraged to come wearing fancy dress!
Saturday 7th November 2015, Tickets £7.50/£8.50 (adult resident/non-resident) and £2.50/£3.50 (child resident/non-resident)
And for something a little different…
9. Ride the Rocket Firework Train, Llangollen, Wales
If you’re living anywhere near North Wales, this firework display is well-worth travelling for. The night involves a steam train ride to Carrog and a stop off on the way back at Glyndyfrdwy Station to watch the fireworks. It’s also a little earlier than most other bonfire celebrations (6.30pm) so it’s the perfect weekend activity for the family!
Sunday 1st November 2015, Tickets £16 (adult) and £10 (child)
10. Fireworks at Drayton Manor, Tamworth near Birmingham
Fireworks meet theme park for a spectacular combination! Expect ultimate excitement levels from children. This is also the perfect alternative to your average Halloween party or trick-or-treat outing because it spans over the Halloween weekend. This year’s theme is War of the Worlds!
Friday 30th October – Sunday 1st November 2015, Tickets £25 in advance (adult) and £20 in advance (child)