Bag yourself a spot at one of the biggest firework bashes taking place this bonfire night with our guide to the best firework displays in the UK.
Most cities will be hosting spectacular events to celebrate Guy Fawke’s failed Gunpowder plot – so grab your sparklers and book your tickets for a fantastic firework display.
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
The annual Ally Pally firework display takes place on Saturday, November 6th and boasts panoramic views of the London skyline. It’s billed as the ‘capital’s hottest bonfire night’ – and with good reason.
Visitors will be wowed by the fireworks – and can also enjoy entertainment from legendary DJ Trevor Nelson and a Spice Girls tribute act. The family fun also includes an ice disco, funfair rides and fire jugglers. Street food and a German Bier Festival – complete with an oompah band – will keep you fed and watered as you warm up by one of the biggest bonfires in London.
Legoland Fireworks Spectacular
Head to Legoland over the bonfire weekend on November 5-7 for three days of firework displays and enjoy a family-friendly event that is a little out of the ordinary. This incredible display includes ‘magic brick glasses’ that allow you to witness exploding Lego blocks in the sky.
Legoland is also offering the ultimate fireworks experience with VIP access to an indoor seated area complete with food and drinks – so you can watch the display in luxury. The VIP experience costs £149 per person and also includes a day in the park, a Lego goodie bag and priority ride access from 3pm on the day of your visit.
Bught Park Bonfire Night
Held in Inverness, the firework display heralds the beginning of the Scottish town’s Winter Festival and is one of the largest displays staged in the UK – plus it is free to attend.
The event commences at 6pm, with the opening of the funfair and food village, where you can warm up with a hot drink and street food while waiting for the fireworks to begin. Taking place on the banks of the River Ness, the fireworks will be accompanied by live entertainment from a pipe and drums band, fire twirlers and a best-dressed guy competition.
Lewes Bonfire Celebrations
Lewes, in East Sussex, is the place to be on November 5th for a bonfire spectacular. The usually sleepy town plays host an utterly unique event, complete with a pagan-style parade and burning effigies.
The festival can be traced back as far as 1679 – when celebrations often got out of hand and resulted in riots. These days, the celebrations are much more family-friendly – and raise money for local worthy causes as well.
Dulwich Sports Club, Eco-friendly Firework Display
Rather than a real bonfire, Dulwich Sports Club has chosen an eco-friendly celebration, with a huge screen displaying crackling flames. Sparklers are also banned at the event – but there are still plenty of real fireworks to ‘ooh and ahh’ over.
It’s an excellent value event as the hosts have included a ‘kids for a quid’ deal – and to make the little ones feel really grown up there is also a children’s bar. Adults are well catered for as well, with warming mulled wine and real ale, plus a BBQ and pizza stall if you feel peckish.
Swansea Fireworks Display
The popular fireworks spectacular is back in 2021, with organisers Swansea Council promising it will be ‘bigger and better’ than ever.
Held in Swansea bay, the event will take place slightly later than most other displays on November 12.. The tide in the bay on bonfire night will be too high to accommodate the spectators safely and with plenty of space, so the organisers are waiting a few days for a low tide.
Gates open at 6.30pm for the free event.
Alton Towers Fireworks Weekend
Taking place over three days from November 5-7, the famous theme park is promising a firework display to ‘make your jaw drop and your eyes pop’.
As well as traditional fireworks, the evening includes music, a light show and live-action storytelling against the backdrop of the historic Towers at the heart of the park. For £39 per person (under-threes go free) families can enjoy a thrill-packed day at the park ahead of the ultimate fireworks spectacular.
There is also a Big Bang package available to give visitors a real VIP experience, which includes viewing of the display from within a ‘Golden Circle’ that includes a 2-course buffet and unlimited soft drinks – as well as a day in the park and a priority pass for three rides.
Kimbolton Castle Fireworks
Held in the grounds of the historic Kimbolton Castle – which is now used as a school – the annual fireworks display in this Cambridgeshire village has always been incredibly popular. The display is organised by the Kimbolton School Parents Association and the team have planned several attractions at this year’s event.
From 5.45pm, children can enjoy funfair rides, while the whole family can listen to the live music taking place on stage, starting with a DJ to warm up the crowd, before a live band takes over playing hits from the 80’s to the present day.
There will also be many concession stalls and a food concourse with over twenty outlets to choose from.
Check out your local display…
After most displays were cancelled last year due to the pandemic, many of us would prefer to stay nearer to home and support a local display, to avoid the large crowds that the bigger displays attract.
If you’d rather not travel, or want to enjoy a smaller event, it’s always worth checking out the displays that are taking place in your local area. Often, local firework displays are free to attend – or they may ask for small donations for a charitable cause – and are ideal for smaller children and young families.
Whatever type of firework display you choose to attend, we wish you a safe and happy November 5.