Bonfire Night 2017 – UK’s Best Fireworks Displays
It’s Bonfire night this Sunday and to celebrate Guy Fawkes trying to blow up the King, 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 city Joe, where are the best places 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 2017 in London
Where: Alexandra Palace Firework Festival
When: Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th November. Kids £8.50, Adults £11.
Once again, Ally Pally will be the place to be in London this Bonfire weekend. 50,000 people are expected to attend the Firework Festival at Alexandra Palace with the biggest display in the city not only offering stunning panoramic views across London and a spectacular firework display unlike any other, but also a German Bier Festival and a laser display. Be warned, it gets crazily busy and Ally Pally isn’t exactly the easiest of places to get to either. Having said that, the views alone are fully worth the trip.
Bonfire Night Fireworks 2017 in Birmingham
Where: Edgbaston Fireworks Spectacular
When: Saturday 4th November. U16 £4, Adults £8.
Edgbaston Cricket Ground will once again be the place to be if you’re around the Birmingham area looking for some sparklers. On Saturday, 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 2017 in Manchester
Where: Fireworks in Heaton Park
When: Saturday 4th November. Free.
Heaton Park has long been the epicentre of Manchester’s bonfire night festivities, and this time year will be no different with fireworks, an on-site bonfire and a 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 rammed, so we’d recommend turning up as close to 5pm as possible!
Bonfire Night Fireworks 2017 in Cardiff
Where: Sparks in the Park
When: Saturday 4th November. Children £5, Adults £10.
Sparks in the Park comes to Blackweir Fields in Cardiff this Saturday. It’s Wales’ biggest (and best) firework display so following last year’s sell out success, the 2017 event will once again be Ticket Only with no admission on the night. That means you need to book ASAP. Gates open at 4:30pm on Saturday with the tamer children’s fireworks at 5.45pm and the main fireworks event starting around 7pm.
Bonfire Night Fireworks 2017 in Leeds
Where: Roundhay Park
When: Friday 3rd November. Free.
Yet again, around 70,000 people are expected to head to Roundhay Park to see Leeds’s biggest bonfire and fireworks display. As usual, admission is completely free with the bonfire lighting beginning at 7.30pm closely followed by the firework display at 8pm.
Bonfire Night Fireworks 2017 in Norwich
Where: Big Boom! Norwich Castle Fireworks
When: Friday 3rd November. Free.
Big Boom! at the Castle is back once again this weekend, offering the good folk of Norwich a chance to watch the mother of all fireworks displays from basically anywhere in the city centre. The display in the Fine City begins at 7.30pm with all major roads in city closed for the event. Seating for those with disabilities will be available at the Gaol Hill end of St Peters Street, and if you want to see the display from above, we’d suggest heading up to Mousehold Heath!
Bonfire Night Fireworks 2017 in Bristol
Where: Downend Round Table Fireworks
When: Friday 3rd November. Kids £5, Adults £7.
Bristol’s biggest firework display will once again take place at the King George V Playing Fields for the annual Downend Round Table Fireworks. 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 as well as burgers, pulled pork, sweets and candy floss for the famished.
Bonfire Night Fireworks 2017 in Edinburgh
Where: Meadowbank Fireworks 2017
When: Sunday 5th November. £7.
With Meadowbank Stadium set to close its doors this December for redevelopment, this weekend marks the last chance to attend a fireworks concert for the foreseeable future. The Edinburgh venue has been 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 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 very much recommend booking as soon as you can.