It’s Bonfire night this Saturday and to celebrate Guy Fawkes and his merry men attempting to blow up the King and everyone around him in the House of Lords, us Brits love nothing more than a big old fireworks show!
If you live in the sticks or in the suburbs, chances are your village hall will be putting on the mother of all displays. But if you’re a boring city Joe, where’s the best place to see a Catherine Wheel? Read on for our guide to the best place to see a fireworks display in your city this Bonfire Night!
Bonfire Night Fireworks 2016 in London
Where: Alexandra Palace Firework Festival
When: Friday 4th & Saturday 5th November. Kids £8.50, Adults £11.
With up to 50,000 Londoners expected to attend, the annual Firework Festival at Alexandra Palace is the biggest in the city. Not only does it offer stunning panoramic views across London and a spectacular firework display unlike any other, but it also combines the festivities with a German Bier Festival! Be warned though, it gets crazily busy and Ally Pally isn’t exactly the easiest of places to get to all things considered. The views alone, however, make it well worth the trip.
Bonfire Night Fireworks 2016 in Birmingham
Where: Edgbaston Fireworks 2016
When: Saturday 5th November. Kids £3, Adults £8.
Edgbaston cricket ground will be the place to be if you’re around the Birmingham area. On Bonfire night, Edgbaston Stadium will play host to a fireworks extravaganza with an onsite funfair, face painters and all the fireworks you could wish for. Perfect for a night out with the family.
Bonfire Night Fireworks 2016 in Manchester
Where: Fireworks in Heaton Park
When: Saturday 5th November. Free.
Heaton Park is always the epicentre of Manchester fireworks displays this time of year with an on-site bonfire and funfair. The park opens at 5pm with the bonfire lighting beginning at 7.30pm closely followed by the display. This is most definitely a family event so alcohol is prohibited and Heaton Park can get pretty heaving, so probably aim to turn up as close to open as possible!
Bonfire Night Fireworks 2016 in Leeds
Where: Roundhay Park
When: Friday 4th November. Free.
Once again, around 70,000 people are expected to head to Roundhay Park to see Leeds’s biggest bonfire and gigantic fireworks display. Admission is completely free with the Bonfire lighting beginning at 7.30pm closely followed by the Firework Display at 8pm.
Bonfire Night Fireworks 2016 in Norwich
Where: Big Boom! Norwich Castle Fireworks
When: Friday 4th November. Free.
Since the legendary display at Eaton Park is no more, Big Boom! at the Castle is once again your best bet for a display in The Fine City this year. The display begins at 7.30pm and you’ll be able to see the show from pretty much anywhere in the city as all major roads will be closed for the event. Seating for those with disabilities will be available at the Gaol Hill end of St Peters Street.
Bonfire Night Fireworks 2016 in Bristol
Where: Downend Round Table Fireworks
When: Friday 4th November. Kids £5, Adults £6.
Locals might be surprised to learn that Downend Roundtable Fireworks is Bristol’s biggest firework display. Located at the King George V Playing Fields on Westerleigh Road, the family-friendly extravaganza will be taking place on Friday with a children’s display beginning at 6.30pm and the Main display starting sometime around 8pm. There’ll be booze on site provided by the Great Western Brewery as well as burgers, pulled pork, sweets and candy floss for then famished.
Bonfire Night Fireworks 2016 in Edinburgh
Where: Meadowbank Annual Firework Display
When: Saturday 5th November. £7.
Edinburgh has commemorating Guy Fawkes for over 30 years with an annual fireworks display which blows pretty much everything else in the UK out of the water. This year’s theme for the Meadowbank Display is Sci-Fi, which means it’s time to get your superhero costumes out. Doors open at 6pm with the Firework show starting at around 7.30pm. As always with the Meadowbank Fireworks, we’d highly recommend booking in advance.