We’ve put together a list for you of our top 10 best Bonfire Night events to visit this year. These organised events pull in massive crowds; with professional firework displays and a dramatic musical backdrop… it sure beats standing in your back garden with a few sparklers 🙂
Bonfire Night is a fabulous excuse to tuck into some yummy wintry picnic food; toffee apples, hot dogs, toasted marshmallows and baked potatoes. Don’t forget the traditional Parkin Cake if you want to do things properly!
Our Top Tips
Wrap up warm, don’t forget your camera and some boots or wellies in case the ground is damp under foot. Also bring along some spare change, there is often free entry to these displays however it’s always nice to contribute towards any local charities being supported by the event. Most organisers do ask that pets are left at home to avoid any distress the fireworks may cause them. YourDog.co.uk provides a very helpful Survival Guide to help keep pets calm while you enjoy the evening.
Fancy getting the family together to visit one of these organised events?
Perth City | By the riverside in South Inch Park, this is a fantastic family friendly event with entertainment, a funfair and plenty of food! The bonfire is lit at 7pm and the fireworks will be in action from 7.30pm, look out for the amazing reflections of the display across the nearby River Tay.
Glasgow | Taking place at Glasgow Green, this free display hosts a range of food & drink stalls plus a funfair for the younger ones. This is an extremely popular event so make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to reach the city centre.
Inverness | Bught Park has one of the biggest bonfires in the UK and a musical firework display, this highland event is not to be missed! The on-site entertainment includes piping, a drumming band and fire twirling.
Edinburgh | Hosted at the Meadowbank Stadium, entertainment begins at 6.30pm with a firework display from 7.30pm. There’s a different theme each year so grab your best fancy dress costume for the chance of winning the best dressed prize! Tickets can be booked from the Edinburgh Leisure website.
Plymouth | Located at The Hoe, there are food stalls and a fairground open from 4pm with entertainment provided throughout the evening and the grand firework display set off from the Citadel at 8pm. Bearing in mind that Plymouth is home to the British Firework Championships, you can expect this to be an impressive night! Check out the programme on the Visit Plymouth website.
Lewes | Described as the biggest bonfire event in the world, in various parts of this usually sleepy town there are no less than six separate celebrations taking place. Each has its own themed procession, firework displays and marching bands so you really will be spoilt for choice! Lewes Bonfire Celebrations for further info…
King’s Lynn | Known as Fawkes in the Walks, food stalls and funfair rides will fill the pack with the bonfire being lit at 6.30pm and fireworks from 8pm. Also just nearby Castle Rising will be hosting its annual firework display from around 5pm.
Cardiff | Taking place at Cooper’s Field, Sparks in the Park is a ticket only event so remember to book in advance. As well as the grand event at 7pm, there is also an earlier Children Fireworks at 5.45pm for the younger ones. Expect pyrotechnic displays, funfair rides and live music!
Conwy | Hosted from Llandudno Pier with the beautiful North Shore as the backdrop. You can be sure of a great view of this professional display from any point along the bay or the promenade.
Llangollen Railway | OK so this doesn’t actually involve a bonfire, but who could resist chugging along a beautiful steam railway with a bar service and finishing the night with a firework display from the station. Tickets for Ride the Rocket Firework Train sell out fast so book in advance via the Llangollen Railway website.