Although October has only just started it is in fact just a few short weeks before we are planning for Bonfire Night. A time when you may decide to have a small display in your own garden, but there are safety considerations with this, or maybe you wish to plan a visit to an organized Bonfire Night Firework Display.
This unique British tradition, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night or Firework Night, celebrates the foiling of the infamous Gunpowder Plot – a plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament on 5 November, 1605.
Many towns and cities host their own bonfire night on or around the 5th November but we give below a selection of some displays you can plan to visit
Sparks in the Park, Cardiff, Wales
On 4 November this year, Cooper’s Field in Cardiff will host its annual Sparks in the Park event. One of Britain’s largest fireworks displays, it’s been running since 1981, with the majestic backdrop of Cardiff Castle. As well as the fireworks, there will be a huge bonfire, food stalls, and family attractions on offer.. https://www.facebook.com/SparksintheParkCardiff/
Leeds Castle, Kent
Leeds Castle in Kent hosts an annual two-day spectacular, where fireworks, light projections and music combine against the beautiful backdrop of the medieval castle. This year the event will take place on 4 and 5 November. Arrive early to enjoy the afternoon entertainment, plus hot food and drinks at a variety of stalls. The castle is around an hour from either London Victoria or London St Pancras International by train. https://www.leeds-castle.com
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival, London
Panoramic views stretch across London from the lofty vantage point of Alexandra Palace, making it a great spot for one of the top Bonfire Night events in the capital. Its dazzling annual pyrotechnics two-day show includes a gargantuan bonfire, ice skating, a craft beer village and lots of street food options. The event takes place this year on 3 and 4 November. Alexandra Palace is in north London, and Wood Green is the nearest underground station on the Piccadilly Line, reached in 20 minutes from Piccadilly Circus. http://www.fireworks.london/
Kenilworth Castle Fireworks, Warwickshire
Kenilworth Castle was first built in the 1120s, and for much of its life was owned by royalty. Now an atmospheric ruin, it hosts a Bonfire Night celebration each year. Its fireworks show, run by the Kenilworth Round Table, surrounds the building with an amazing aerial display of colour and all the money raised goes to local charities.. https://www.kenilworthroundtable.com/annual-bonfire-fireworks-gala/
Caerphilly Castle Fireworks Display, south Wales
See Caerphilly Castle lit up on 4 November this year with its annual fireworks display, and the castle providing a spectacular backdrop to the free festivities. The castle is a 30-minute train journey north of Cardiff in south Wales, and Cardiff is a two-hour train ride from London Paddington. http://your.caerphilly.gov.uk/caerphillytc/content/whatson
After Dark Firework Spectacular, Sheffield,
Each year on the 5 November, Sheffield’s Don Valley Grass Bowl plays host to After Dark, Yorkshire’s biggest firework display, which draws around 20,000 spectators each year. As well as the music-synchronised firework display, the huge event has its own giant fun fair, food stalls, a live music stage, and, of course, a traditional bonfire.
Meadowbank Fireworks, Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh’s biggest fireworks display takes place at the Meadowbank Centre – the event has been running for more than 30 years. Great views of the fireworks can also be had from areas of high ground in Edinburgh such as the iconic Arthur’s Seat, or Calton Hill. Wrap up warm and head up at around 7pm for panoramic views of the fireworks across the city. http://edinburgh.org/whats-on/fireworks-at-meadowbank-stadium/