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The UK's Best Bonfire Night Fireworks and Events

23 Oct 2017

There’s nothing more disappointing than going to an average firework display on Bonfire Night, where the event is just not up to scratch. If you’re making the effort to brave the cold and head outside on the night, it better be worth it!

To help you have an amazing bonfire night we’ve created the ultimate list of Bonfire Night hotspots in the UK, as well as events occurring over the weekend...


Southwark Park, London

Firework displays in Central London are worth the trip into the city – even if you need to wear extra layers. Southwark’s Fireworks Night is celebrating 14 years of displays and aims to make 2017 bigger and better than ever before. Not will there be a great firework display, but there’s a children’s funfair too. Buying tickets in advance is recommended, but if you do miss out, you might be able to see the display from Tower Bridge and the bright lights will reflect beautifully on the Thames.

George V Park, Edinburgh

Edinburgh can make the perfect destination to celebrate Bonfire Night – whether you attend an actual display or head to Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill to witness views from above the city. The George V Park display is one of the most charitable local events around – with all profits going towards, so it’s a great way to do your bit for charity whilst having a great time. 

Saltwell Park, Gateshead

If you’re looking for a fun night of fireworks, fire and live music, look no further than Saltwell Park in Gateshead. Saltwell Park has teamed up with regional radio station Metro Radio and intu Metrocentre to bring a spectacular display that families and friends can enjoy. The Saltwell Park display includes a children’s fairground and will even have a celebrity appearance by the MetroGnomes. To attend, you need tickets, so book them in advance to secure your place.

Woodhouse Moor, Leeds

Close to the city centre, you’ve got no excuse not to attend this incredible firework display — make sure that you arrive a little early to avoid missing out on any of the action.. The display is known to have some of the best fireworks in Leeds and it’s completely free! 

Seaham, Durham

If you want to experience something a little different to your local park, why not head to the seafront? At the Seaham Firework Display, you will be able to see the reflections of the bursting fireworks across the sea and against the black sky. Plus this event is free! 

Events over Bonfire Night weekend

If you’re not heading to a firework display this year, there are still plenty of great events you can attend over Bonfire Night weekend.  We’ve picked some of the best across the country for you and your family to enjoy.

Light Up Lancaster

If you’re around Lancaster over this weekend, this is an event that you simply can’t miss. Sponsored by the University of Cumbria, you can attend for free, although you will need to order your wristband for both Friday and Saturday. There are loads of activities and events taking pace – from , fantastic dance performances, to mini illuminations, jellyfish lights and more! With the dark nights upon us, you’ll be able to enjoy the bright lights with a hot chocolate and marshmallows!

Guy Fawkes Carnival in Somerset

Somerset will become the brightest county on Saturday the 4th of November thanks to 100 floats with around 22,000 lightbulbs. With around 150,000 people in attendance, you’ll feel at the heart of the community while watching the floats make their way through the crowds. As well as lights, there will be plenty of music along with some fascinating dances to make this event even more worthwhile. Find out more on the official website.

Medieval Murder Mystery: A Knight of Murder in Portsmouth

If you want to bring out your inner Sherlock Holmes, head to Portsmouth for a medieval experience. Enjoy a three-course meal with your brightest friends while trying to crack the case. Who did it? Question the characters and solve the mystery on the 4th of November for a price of £35 — make sure to grab your tickets!

Harry Potter Exhibition in Newcastle

Bring back the magic by heading to Newcastle City Library to visit the Harry Potter ExhibitionFind out about the history of magic and don’t forget your wand! You’ll be able to see images of rare books, original manuscripts and magical objects all from the British Library. This exhibition is open until February, so make sure to get yourself there.


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