Top 10 fireworks displays FEATURE



Every year from mid-October the supermarket foyers are filled with the colourful display of rockets, sparklers, roman candles and catherine wheels, which means just one thing - fireworks night is almost upon us once again.


Top 10 fireworks displays


Every year in Britain since 1605, the 5th of November has been the date for revellers to celebrate the infamous Gunpowder Plot, the foolish attempt by Guy Falkes to overthrow the King of England by blowing up Parliament. Just as the conspirators were about to carry out their dastardly deed, they were caught, tortured and executed.

Across Britain in early November, the foiled plot is celebrated with the burning of 'Guy' and plenty of fireworks lighting up the sky.

We take a look at the top 10 fireworks displays in Britain (in no particular order). If you're close to one of them, go and check them out!

1) Mary St. Ottery Fireworks, Devon

The townspeople of Mary St. Ottery in Devon lug flaming barrels of tar on their backs in an annual ritual that goes back hundreds of years. Traditionally, these tar barrels are lit at several pubs and hotels around Mary St. Ottery, following a schedule until the last barrel has been carried up to the square, at around midnight.

The 35 foot bonfire, fireworks display and the appearance of a funfair add to the fun and excitement, at St. Saviours Meadow. The ceremonial 'guy' is placed at the top of the bonfire and lit by a flaming torch by the Carnival's Vice President.

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2) The Lord Mayor's Fireworks, London


Half a tonne of giant fireworks light up The Thames in London

Although almost 10 days after November the 5th, London's Lord Mayor's Fireworks display marks the end of the spectacular Lord Mayor's Show once night falls, and the night is lit up by half a tonne of giant fireworks which shoot up into the sky over 600 feet, taking 8 pyrotechnicians two days to set up.

This free display is probably one of Britain's most spectacular - for the best views get yourself to Victoria Embankment early to get a space. Alternatively, if that's too busy, try Blackfriars Bridge or Waterloo Bridge for fantastic views of the fireworks.

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3) Glasgow Green Fireworks

As Scotland's largest organised fireworks display, the event takes place on the 5th of November, set to live music, a fairground and a spectacular laser show in Glasgow Green.

The 2010 fireworks display was the best yet, with more than 50,000 explosions set to music - Mamma Mia the Musical, accompanied by some of the biggest shells being shot up into the night sky.

Entry to the fireworks is free, but be aware it gets very busy, so get there early for a good view of the fireworks and bonfire.

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4) Battel Bonfire Boyes

A firework tradition that goes back over 350 years, the annual Battel Bonfire Boyes features a parade through the town centre of over over thirty local bonfire societies in fancy dress. The first organised bonfire celebration in the town of Battel was back in 1646 at St Mary's Church, which was allocated money for gunpowder treason rejoicing.

For many years, Battle has traditionally ended the fireworks display with the 'set piece' of an effigy, which are packed with fireworks and exploded with deafening bangs.

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5) Sparks in the Park, Cardiff


Set to the backdrop of Cardiff Castle, Sparks in the Park is the largest in the area

Cardiff's Cooper's Field will be host to one of Britain's largest fireworks display at the appropriately named 'Sparks in the Park'.

Renowned for being one of the largest fireworks displays in Wales with the backdrop of Cardiff Castle, there will be a mammoth bonfire, funfair, catering and other family attractions.

The best fireworks display for miles, supported by Heart FM.

Lighting of the bonfire from 6.45pm and the fireworks display beginning at 8.30pm.

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6) Penrhos Beach Fireworks, Anglesea

Set on Penrhos Beach in Holyhead, Anglesea, the fireworks display is an extremely popular event taking place on the 5th November, and has previously been included in the Guardian and Telegraph's top 10 UK fireworks displays.

Local bands, children's funfair rides and refreshments always available at the Holyhead Bonfire & Fireworks display.

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7) Leeds Roundhay Park

Taking place on Friday 4th of November 2011, Leeds biggest fireworks display is attended by around 70,000 people each year who come to see the massive bonfire and spectacular community firework display.

As the event is free, the display is extremely popular, so turn up early. The bonfire is lit at 7.30pm, with the fireworks kicking off from 8pm.

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8) Blackheath Fireworks Display, London

Another of London's biggest and best fireworks displays, Blackheath bonfire is also one of the loudest! The fireworks display is 30 minutes long at literally lights up the skies of Lewisham and Greenwich.

The magnificent fireworks display is set to music and features a vast array of fireworks in a dazzling range of colour. Taking place on the 5th of November, there will also be a family funfair to entertain the whole family once the fireworks are over. Entry is free of charge, and the fireworks are set to go off at 8pm.

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9) Bristol Zoo's Bangless Bonfire Night

One for the little kiddies who tend to shy away from the loud explosions, Bristol Zoo's bangless fireworks displays is spectacular even without the explosions. More fireworks, more entertainment, more fun, less BANGS!

Now in its fourth year, the bangless bonfire night is getting more and more popular each year, and the display of enchanting 'low-noise' fireworks is a welcome change for families with smaller children. The display starts at 5pm this year.

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10) Donnington Bonfire & Firework Display, Telford

A mammoth bonfire and fireworks display that runs every year at at Broadoaks field, Donington, Telford, that attracts over 20,000 spectators every year. Also accompanied by a huge funfair for all the family, including some pretty hair-raising rides for the adventurous, so it's very popular with local families of all ages.

The Donnington bonfire will be lit around 7pm, followed later by the fireworks display.

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Fireworks safety

Please, always treat fireworks with respect - in inexperienced hands they can be dangerous. Stay within the law and get the most out of your fireworks by getting to know how to use them safely.

Visit Direct.gov Firework Safety webpage for advice how to handle fireworks for a safe but fun night.


28
OCT
Fireworks Spectacular
Beaulieu, National Motor Museum

Be wowed by the explosive and dynamic fireworks display, set to a Beaulieu does Broadway theme.Have fun on the Beaulieu Rides & Drives and OldTime Fairground, all at good value extra charges. Hot food and drinks are available both inside and out,…

Location: New Forest

02
NOV
Brunel Bonfire Night Uxbridge
Brunel University

This years notforprofit event, on Thursday 2 November, 5.30pm, at the Sports Park on Kingston Lane the main entrance will be the gate to the field near the pedestrian crossing on Kingston Lane, will take on a spooky theme, with ghostly games…

Location: Uxbridge

04
NOV
Harrow Fireworks Display (Fifth Birthday Event) No
Byron Recreation Ground

Harrow Fireworks display is back for our annual display at Byron Park Saturday 4th November 2017 This year were 5 YEARS OLD, and are happy to announce this year will be bigger and better than any before, as this year our…

Location: Wealdstone

04
NOV
Mill Hill Fireworks Display (Fifth Birthday Event)
Byron Recreation Ground

Mill Hill Fireworks display is back for our annual display at Byron Park Saturday 4th November 2017 This year were 5 YEARS OLD, and are happy to announce this year will be bigger and better than any before, as this year…

Location: Wealdstone

04
NOV
Uxbridge Fireworks Display (Fifth Birthday Event)
Byron Recreation Ground

Uxbridge Fireworks display is back for our annual display at Byron Park Saturday 4th November 2017 This year were 5 YEARS OLD, and are happy to announce this year will be bigger and better than any before, as this year our…

Location: Wealdstone

04
NOV
Ruislip & Harrow Fireworks Display (Fifth Birthday
Byron Recreation Ground

Ruislip & Harrow Fireworks display is back for our annual display at Byron Park Saturday 4th November 2017 This year were 5 YEARS OLD, and are happy to announce this year will be bigger and better than any before, as this…

Location: Wealdstone

04
NOV
Northwest London Fireworks Display (Fifth Birthday
Byron Recreation Ground

Northwest London Fireworks display is back for our annual display at Byron Park Saturday 4th November 2017 This year were 5 YEARS OLD, and are happy to announce this year will be bigger and better than any before, as this year…

Location: Wealdstone

04
NOV
London Fireworks Display (Fifth Birthday Event) No
Byron Recreation Ground

London Fireworks display is back for our annual display at Byron Park Saturday 4th November 2017 This year were 5 YEARS OLD, and are happy to announce this year will be bigger and better than any before, as this year our…

Location: Wealdstone

04
NOV
Stanmore & Harrow Fireworks Display (Fifth Birthda
Byron Recreation Ground

Stanmore & Harrow Fireworks display is back for our annual display at Byron Park Saturday 4th November 2017 This year were 5 YEARS OLD, and are happy to announce this year will be bigger and better than any before, as this…

Location: Wealdstone

04
NOV
Ealing Fireworks Display (Fifth Birthday Event) No
Byron Recreation Ground

Ealing Fireworks display is back for our annual display at Byron Park Saturday 4th November 2017 This year were 5 YEARS OLD, and are happy to announce this year will be bigger and better than any before, as this year our…

Location: Wealdstone

04
NOV
Brent & Harrow Fireworks Display (Fifth Birthday E
Byron Recreation Ground

Brent & Harrow Fireworks display is back for our annual display at Byron Park Saturday 4th November 2017 This year were 5 YEARS OLD, and are happy to announce this year will be bigger and better than any before, as this…

Location: Wealdstone

04
NOV
Borehamwood Fireworks Display (Fifth Birthday Even
Byron Recreation Ground

Borehamwood Fireworks display is back for our annual display at Byron Park Saturday 4th November 2017 This year were 5 YEARS OLD, and are happy to announce this year will be bigger and better than any before, as this year our…

Location: Wealdstone

04
NOV
Barnet & Harrow Fireworks Display (Fifth Birthday
Byron Recreation Ground

Barnet & Harrow Fireworks display is back for our annual display at Byron Park Saturday 4th November 2017 This year were 5 YEARS OLD, and are happy to announce this year will be bigger and better than any before, as this…

Location: Wealdstone

04
NOV
Bonfire & Fireworks display in Wimbledon Park
Wimbledon Park

Two themed musical fireworks shows. Gates open at 5.15pm, Bonfires lit at 6.30pm and 8.15pm. Funfair, refreshments, bar and stalls open until 10pm.Big savings when you buy tickets in advance onlinesee website for detailsPlease note that a limited amount of tickets…

Location: London

04
NOV
Battersea Park Fireworks - Ignite the Night!
Battersea Park

Tickets are on sale for Wandsworth Councils 2017 Battersea Park Fireworks, fuelled by Battersea Power Station.Book in your friends and family as the annual Battersea Park Fireworks display is back on Saturday 4 November 2017 to ignite the skies of Wandsworth. …

Location: Chelsea

04
NOV
The South London Soul Train Bonfire Night Special
CLF Art Cafe, Block A, Bussey Building

Sat Nov 04 The South London Soul Train keeps coming on STRONG Torch lighting the dancefloors with another red hot 3 floor, 4 room Bonfire night well from midnight anyway blend of vinyl n' digital napalm, All Night Long. Your dancefloor…

Location: London

04
NOV
The Little Festival: Bohemian Bonfire w/ Alex Nigg
The Steel Yard

The Little Festival are teaming up with Swiss mega brand Terrazzza for a 2 show, 2 city specialThe mighty Supermarket club in Zurich is the venue of choice for the first party on 7th October. TLF will be returning the favour on…

Location: London

05
NOV
Bonfire & Fireworks display in Morden Park
Morden Park

Two themed musical fireworks shows will take place.Gates open at 5.15pm, Bonfires lit at 6.30pm and 8.15pm.Funfair, refreshments, bar and stalls open until 10pm.Big savings when you buy tickets in advance onlinesee website for detailsPlease note that a limited amount of tickets…

Location: Morden

31
DEC
New Year’s Eve London Fireworks Pub Crawl!
Fifty Five Bar

Boom, Kapow, Sok, Boom, wow, ooooh will be the sounds you hear as 1 Big Night Out Camden present their New Years Eve London Fireworks Pub CrawlStarting the festivities at Fifty Five Bar, you will be welcomed with a free shot and…

Location: London


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