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.


02
NOV
Fireworks Frenzy
Santa Pod Raceway

A spectacular evening of fireworks with live stunt action including Podzilla the Monster Truck, Stunt Driver, Drifting, Bonfire, catering and bar facilities, plus family entertainment.Gates open at 2pm with main activities taking place between 4pm 7pm.Fireworks at 6pmPrice is from £25…

Location: Wellingborough

02
NOV
Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday
Ascot Racecourse

A safe environment for families and there is free entry for under18s when accompanied by an adult. The £100,000 Sodexo Gold Cup Chase over three miles is the feature race of seven and there is plenty of fun to be had off…

Location: Berkshire

01
NOV
Kimbolton Castle Fireworks 2019
Kimbolton Castle

In spectacular fashion the award winning Kimbolton Fireworks Display returns to the picturesque grounds of Kimbolton Castle for 2019Entry Fees Pay On The Door:Adult: £12.50 16 & Over Child: £FreeWe have our live music stage, fun fair, licensed bar and the…

Location: Huntingdon

23
OCT
Halloween Fireworks Spectacular
Flambards

On Wednesday, October 23rd, Flambards is staying open late to stage its famous Halloween Tricks & Treats Firework Spectacular. Come for the day and stay for the Fireworks at 7:30pm. As well as the stunning pyrotechnics display, visitors can enjoy after dark…

Location: Helston

02
NOV
Musical Fireworks Displays - Morden Park
Morden Park

One of London's largest fireworks shows takes place in Morden Park, on Sat 2 Nov 2019,, there is a sister show in Wimbledon park on Tues 5 November 2019.Two musical, themed fireworks shows at each venue:5.15pm Gates and funfair open6.30pm …

Location: Morden

05
NOV
Brunel University Bonfire & Fireworks 2019
Brunel University London

We are delighted to welcome you to our campus on Tuesday 5 November for what promises to be a night to remember.There will be plenty of entertainment and free activities for all the family as well as our minimarket with a variety…

Location: London

05
NOV
Musical Fireworks Displays - Wimbledon Park
Wimbledon Park

One of London's largest fireworks shows takes place in Wimbledon Park on Tues 5 Nov 2019. There is a sister show in Morden Park on Sat 2 November 2019. Two musical, themed fireworks shows at each venue:5.15pm Gates and funfair open6.30pm…

Location: Greater London

02
NOV
Kingsbury and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019!
Byron Park

Kingsbury and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
Borehamwood and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019
Byron Park

Borehamwood and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
Wembley and Harrow unofficial Fireworks Display
Byron Recreation Ground

. Brent And Wembley Fireworks Display, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 3pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park London celebration of Culture Event Gates will be open from 12 pm, and WE ARE FREE TILL 4 pm, then paid after.…

Location: Wealdstone

02
NOV
Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back! (CELEBRAT
Byron Recreation Ground

Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our Fireworks display…

Location: Wealdstone

02
NOV
Brent and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back!
Byron Park

Brent and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
Barnet & Harrow Fireworks Display 2nd November 201
Byron Recreation Ground

Barnet & Harrow Fireworks Display, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4 pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park London celebration of Culture Event Gates will be open from 12 pm, and WE ARE FREE TILL 4 pm,…

Location: Wealdstone

02
NOV
Barnet and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back!
Byron Park

Barnet and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
Brent, & Wembley Fireworks Display 2nd November 20
Byron Recreation Ground

Brent & Wembley Fireworks Display, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 3pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park London celebration of Culture Event Gates will be open from 12 pm, and WE ARE FREE TILL 4 pm, then…

Location: Wealdstone

02
NOV
Diwali and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back!
Byron Park

Diwali Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our Fireworks…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
Ealing & Harrow Fireworks Display, Saturday 2nd No
Byron Recreation Ground

Ealing & London Fireworks Display, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 3 pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park London celebration of Culture Event Gates will be open from 12 pm, and WE ARE FREE TILL 4 pm, then paid…

Location: Wealdstone

02
NOV
Ealing and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back!
Byron Park

Ealing and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
Edgware and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back!
Byron Park

Edgware and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
Harrow & London Fireworks Display! 2nd November 20
Byron Recreation Ground

Harrow & London Fireworks Display, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 3pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park London celebration of Culture Event Gates will be open from 12 pm, and WE ARE FREE TILL 4 pm, then…

Location: Wealdstone

02
NOV
Harrow and London Fireworks Display 2019 is back!
Byron Park

Harrow and London Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
Hillingdon and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is ba
Byron Park

Hillingdon and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
London & Harrow Fireworks Display 2nd November 201
Byron Recreation Ground

London & Harrow Fireworks Display, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 3 pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park London celebration of Culture Event Gates will be open from 12 pm, and WE ARE FREE TILL 4 pm,…

Location: Wealdstone

02
NOV
London and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back!
Byron Park

London and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
Mill Hill and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is bac
Byron Park

Mill Hill and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. …

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
North West London Fireworks 2nd November 2019: CEL
Byron Park

North West London Fireworks Display, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 3m FREE after is charged, Byron Park London celebration of Culture Event Gates will be open from 12 pm, and WE ARE FREE TILL 3pm, then paid…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
Pinner and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back!
Byron Park

Pinner and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
Ruislip and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back!
Byron Park

Ruislip and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
Uxbridge & Harrow Fireworks display , Saturday 2nd
Byron Recreation Ground

Uxbridge and Hillingdon Fireworks Display, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4 pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park London celebration of Culture Event Gates will be open from 12 pm, and WE ARE FREE TILL 4 pm, then paid after.…

Location: Wealdstone

02
NOV
Uxbridge and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back
Byron Park

Uxbridge and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
Wembley and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back!
Byron Park

Wembley and Harrow Fireworks Display 2019 is back CELEBRATION OF CULTURE We are back, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 4pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park Harrow celebration of Culture Remember Guy Fawkes night and Diwali are here. Our…

Location: Harrow

02
NOV
Wembley and Harrow unofficial Fireworks Display, S
Byron Recreation Ground

Brent & Wembley Fireworks Display, Saturday 2nd November 2019 from 12 3pm FREE after is charged, Byron Park London celebration of Culture Event Gates will be open from 12 pm, and WE ARE FREE TILL 4 pm, then paid after. Our…

Location: Wealdstone

31
OCT
Low bangs fireworks and Halloween fun
Godstone Farm

Low bangs fireworks are perfect for little ears and this year will take place over two days Thursday 31st October and Friday 1st November 2019. Your ticket, which gives you entry to the farm for a whole day of Halloween…

Location: Godstone

01
NOV
Charity Bonfire Night
Dallas Burston Polo Club

Dallas Burston Polo Club's Bonfire Night offers a selection of familyfriendly fairground rides, a selection of food and drinks stalls and of course a bonfire and fireworks displayMoney raised from Bonfire Night will be donated to The Good Grief Project and will…

Location: Southam

18
JAN
Bonfire Radicals in Concert
Bulkington Community & Conference Centre

Birminghambased Bonfire Radicals have emerged from the folkworld scene with a fresh approach to traditional tunes and a host of engaging traditional and creative original material.'Raucous and eclectic, sheer merriment in a gorgeous set of ideas and influences, guaranteed to leave you…

Location: Bulkington

02
NOV
Fabulous Fireworks
Lightwater Valley Theme Park

Lightwater Valley will be staging a spectacular fireworks finale on Saturday, 2nd and Sunday 3rd November.Taking place from 5pm visitors will be able to enjoy a 10minute fireworks finale set above the theme parks picturesque Swan Lake.The display, which will be choreographed…

Location: Ripon,

05
NOV
Huddersfield Fireworks
Greenhead Park

5th November 2019£5 booking fee when you prebook online: https:skdl.coFPD6DzWSkZ£6 on the gateRemember, remember the 5th of November... For fireworks, funfair and stunts.This bonfire night, gather your family and friends to join us for a spectacular fireworks display. This family event is…

Location: Huddersfield


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