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.


08
NOV
Chalfont St Giles Magic in the Sky Fireworks 2014
Chalfont St Giles, Stone Meadow

45th Chalfont St Giles Magic in the Sky' Firework Display & Bonfire 2014Venue: Stone Meadow, Chalfont St GilesGates open 5.45pm, Bonfire Lighting ceremony to music 6.15pm, Musical Fireworks 7.00pm approx 20 minute pyromusical display produced by MILKHU PRODUCTIONS. Featuring a unique soundtrack…

Location: Chalfont St Giles

31
OCT
Peterborough Lions rugby Fireworks Extravaganza
Peterborough Lions Rugby Club

Now in its 4th year running Peterborough biggest multimedia firework displays with lasers, 25m high water video screen, special FX. This year it is themed to Halloween and its going to be spooktacular. We will be calling all the sprites to join…

Location: Peterborough

01
NOV
Cheadle's Big Bang (bonfire and firework display)
Cheadle College campus

Hosted by the Cheadle & Gatley Round Table in aid of the Together Trust.The event is back and once again being held at the Cheadle College campus and promises to be bigger and better than ever before with an award winning firework…

Location: Stockport

01
NOV
Fireworks Spectacular
Beaulieu Motor Museum

Be wowed by the explosive and dynamic fireworks display, set to a Rock Legends 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, as…

Location: Beaulieu

01
NOV
Truck Racing and Fireworks
Brands Hatch circuit

Expect fireworks on and off the track this November, as the popular racing Trucks blast into Brands Hatch for their sparktacular season finale, while on Sunday night the darkening skies will be lit up by our now customary dazzling fireworks display.Truck Racing…

Location: Longfield

01
NOV
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
Alexandra Palace

The legendary Firework Festival returns to Alexandra Park on Saturday 1 November. Set against a sparkling panoramic view of London which is second to none.While the display starts at 7.30pm, the Park will be packed full of activities and entertainment to enjoy…

Location: Muswell Hill

31
DEC
New Years Eve 2014 Fireworks
Southbank Centre

New Years Eve 2014 Fireworks at Southbank Centre in London on Wednesday, 31 December 2014. We don't want you to have to trawl the web searching for the cheapest New Years Eve 2014 Fireworks tickets, so we've done the legwork for you.…

Location: Charing Cross

08
NOV
HARROW FIREWORKS DISPLAY (the big bang event)
Byron park recreation ground, Harrow

MASSIVE DEALS UP TO 30 OFF at http:www.harrowfireworks.co.ukThe Harrow fireworks display takes place on Saturday 8th November 2014 at Byron Park. Gates open at 3 pm with the festival activities taking place up until the massive fireworks display at 7.45pm. Tickets can…

Location: Harrow

08
NOV
Brent Fireworks Display
Byron Park Recreation Ground

MASSIVE DEALS UP TO 30 OFF at http:www.Brentfireworks.co.ukThe Brent fireworks display takes place on Saturday 8th November 2014 at Byron Park. Gates open at 3 pm with the festival activities taking place up until the massive fireworks display at 7.45pm. Tickets can…

Location: Harrow

05
NOV
Kirkley Hall Bonfire Night
Kirkley Hall

Remember, remember the 5th November It's that time of year again, so come along to Kirkley Hall and celebrate bonfire night with us. As well as an array of fireworks and a beautiful bonfire we will have a hog roast and refreshments…

Location: Ponteland

02
NOV
Fireworks Festival
Tulleys Farm

Tulleys Farm Fireworks FestivalSunday 2 NovemberFirework family fun at its best. Tulleys Farm will once again be holding their popular Fireworks Festival event with a 20 minute firework spectacular and pre firework fire show. The Fireworks Festival at Tulleys…

Location: Crawley


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