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Best Bonfire Night Displays in the UK

01 Nov 2016

Remember remember the fifth of November…Guy Fawkes Night is just around the corner and with it comes fireworks, festivities and excitement. 

Unless you’re stockpiling some rockets for a garden showcase, you’re most likely on the lookout for a great firework display that you and the family can enjoy.

Luckily, there are hundreds of incredible firework displays on offer throughout the UK – but for those who want the best pyrotechnics possible, here are some of the UK’s best bonfire nights for you to enjoy…

Newcastle and North East

The Newcastle, Sunderland and Gateshead areas all feature some incredible displays you can catch, whether they’re in award-winning parks or on the fantastic coastline. The only hard part will be deciding which one you’d like to visit!

Gateshead Firework Display, Saltwell Park

Live in or around Newcastle? Gateshead happens to host one of the largest annual firework displays in the area – regularly attracting over 30,000 people to Saltwell Park. The night features an enormous display, live music and a digital screen for those who struggle to catch the action. 
Gates open at 5.30 pm, with the fireworks display beginning at 7.30pm.

Fireworks at the Fort, Segedunum, Wallsend

Set in a historic Roman fort, you’ll see history galore on top of a fantastic display. Segedunum, or Hadrian’s wall, is located in Wallsend and makes a great tourist spot throughout the year, but throws a bonfire bash on the 5th of November at 6.30pm. 

Seafront Illuminations, Sunderland

Sunderland hosts an annual display on its beaches, taking place in Roker along its seafront. This year, the illuminations take place from the 24th of September through to November the 5th, but they culminate in a bonfire and firework display that shouldn’t be missed! At 9.30pm there will be a fantastic send-off that will brighten the entire coastline. 

Manchester and North West

Manchester and the surrounding areas have some terrific displays on offer, inviting thousands to turn their heads to the sky and watch some incredible pyrotechnics. 

Heaton Park

Parks make for great firework celebrations thanks to wide open spaces and beautiful settings. If you’re after a full-on funfair experience for your bonfire night, look no further. Heaton Park will host a celebration that begins at 5pm and lasts until 9.30pm, with the bonfire lit at 7.30pm.

intu Trafford Centre

At intu Trafford Centre, shoppers and tourists might find themselves surprised by the incredible fireworks display held in Barton Square at 6.30pm. Better still, the event is on Sunday, November the 6th – so you can attend two bonfire displays in one weekend.

Platt Fields Park

Platt Fields Park will host their annual firework display on 5th November, beginning with a funfair at 5pm. The bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm and fireworks will follow soon after. Entry is free, but bring some change for the rides and food stalls!


The bonny land of Scotland hosts a huge array of firework displays that will captivate you, from celebrations in vibrant Glasgow to historic Edinburgh’s bonfire bashes.  

Meadowbanks Sports Centre Firework Display, Edinburgh

With a sci-fi theme, this year’s celebrations at Meadowbank are sure to enthral all ages. Dressing up is encouraged, with prizes for the winner. Doors open at 6pm, with the pre-entertainment starting at 6.30 and fireworks a 7.30pm. It’s a ticketed event, however, so get booked up at Edinburgh Leisure’s website

Glasgow Green Fireworks, Glasgow

Featuring a musical fireworks display, this event is sure to turn heads and even ears. There’ll be pre-show music, a funfair and of course, food and drink available at Glasgow Green. The event is Scotland’s biggest organised display and is free of charge. The fun starts at 5pm – with the fireworks expected at 7.30pm. 


The capital city is well-known for throwing big parties and Bonfire night is no exception. London hosts incredible displays, but there are one or two of particular importance…

The Lord Mayor’s Fireworks

Each and every year London plays host to a huge pyrotechnic extravaganza over the River Thames. So impressive is the display that you can watch it along a three-mile stretch between Bank and Aldwych. The event isn't until the 12th November, so you've got some time to prepare.

Battersea Park

Situated in one of London’s most scenic parks, this display is going to explode with a range of technicolour delights. The display begins at 7.30pm, but gates are opening an hour and a half before that so make sure you get down to claim your place. The fireworks display is choreographed to music, so it’s something unusual for you to enjoy!


Oxford is beautiful city, widely known for the oldest university in the English-speaking world. I It also hosts a fantastic display.

Oxford Round Table, South Park, Headington Hill

An enormous bonfire and a funfair help raise money for local charities. If you’ve got young children and don’t want a late night, this show is ideal as it starts at 6.45pm and the bonfire is lit afterwards. The gates open at 4.30pm so you can have a look around the funfair and food stalls. Queues will be expected so make sure you get tickets. 

Where will you go this Guy Fawkes Night? Thanks to our handy guide and easy-to-use transport services, you’ve got no excuse – get yourself along to one the best bonfire nights in the UK and watch the skies! Plan your journey, or buy tickets now.

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