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Fireworks Displays: The perfect places to go for Bonfire Night near you in 2018

Dela Lozanova

27 September 2018

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Ready to start planning where to see fireworks this year? Make sure your bonfire night goes off with a bang, as we share some of our favourite firework displays near you. Get the whole family wrapped up in coats, scarves, hats and gloves and watch the magic unfold overhead, with dazzling displays at some of the UK’s most popular attractions. 5th November falls on a Monday this year, so you can kick off the fireworks fun even earlier!

A family at a fireworks display for bonfire night

London

  1. Alexandra Palace Fireworks, London
    Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd November 2018

    Expect yet another amazing fireworks display at Alexandra Palace in 2018! Cosy up near a huge traditional bonfire and watch the fireworks light up the sky above. But before that you’ll get the chance to build up to the main show with daredevil circus acts and family-friendly rides at the fairground. Live music and delicious warm street food are a given, of course!

  2. Beckenham Fireworks, Beckenham
    Saturday 3rd November 2018

    Organised by the 5th Beckenham South Scout Group, this will be a truly family-friendly affair. The event will start with a quiet display - there will be no bangs to scare the little ones. The main display will follow shortly after. If the kids are old enough to enjoy it, you can stay a bit later and watch that too.

    Even though this event is local and smaller than some of the firework displays in Central London, there will be food stalls and a funfair too. So, in case "kid-friendly" beats "grand" in your books, this is the place to be!

    Firework display at Wimbledon Park

  3. Bonfire and Fireworks Night, Dulwich
    Saturday 3rd November 2018

    Looking for a good family evening out at the fireworks near you? Pop down to the local Dulwich Sports Club for plenty of food and drinks in a friendly atmosphere. Kids under 10 enter for free and the first 500 kids to arrive will receive a free light rope. After all, gifts make every party better! 

    East

  4. Free Seafront Fireworks, Southend-on-Sea
    Saturday 6th October 2018 - Saturday 17th November 2018

    Yes, you read that right - Southend on Sea is hosting a 6-week fireworks display extravaganza by the seafront! Sea breeze, doughnuts and spectacular firework displays - what more could you ask for?
    We’ll tell you what - free entry! And that’s exactly what you get, so feel free to come as many times as you like.

    Fancy having a family day out before the evening events? Take the kids for an action-packed afternoon at Adventure Island and grab a meal by the sea before the fireworks start shooting off.

    Fireworks Displays at Royal Gunpowder Mills

  5. Bonfire Night Celebrations at Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket
    Saturday 3rd November 2018

    Head down to the Museum of East Anglian Life to celebrate a proper bonfire night near you. Family-friendly entertainment and delicious offerings from the food stalls will get you in the mood. Gather around the bonfire at 7pm and find a warm, comfy spot to watch the fireworks at 7.30pm.

    With all that sparkle in the sky, the whole family is sure to get into the festive spirit!

    West Midlands

  6. Annual Bonfire and Fireworks Gala at Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth
    Saturday 3rd November 2018 

    Kenilworth Castle’s annual bonfire and fireworks spectacular goes even bigger in 2018! Enjoy 30 minutes of non-stop fireworks shooting off in the sky above the majestic backdrop of the castle building.

    We may have skipped right to the main event, but on the night night you’ll also have a bonfire to cosy around, smaller warm-up fireworks before the real deal and lots of food and drinks. It’s truly one of the biggest fireworks events in the West Midlands!

    And by the way, the Annual Bonfire and Fireworks Gala gives you a great opportunity to help the local community. All the funds collected during the night are invested back into the community.

  7. Best of British at Drayton Manor, Tamworth
    Friday 2nd November - Sunday 4th November 2018

    To celebrate a year full of big Royal Family occasions, Drayton Manor goes all red, white and blue for Bonfire Night. You’ll get a family evening out, filled with classic British bangers, both on the musical and the food side of things.

    The firework display will begin at 7pm sharp but the park itself will be open until 9pm, so you can enjoy some of the most spectacular rides of your life!

  8. Firework Festival Weekend at West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley
    Saturday 10th November - Sunday 11th November 2018

    West Midlands Safari Park traditionally hosts one of the best family-friendly fireworks displays in the region. This year makes no exception, plus since the event is taking place the weekend after 5th of November, you get the chance to see more than one fireworks display the same year.

    Best part is, you can enjoy the park long after the fireworks are over (till 9pm). Late-night rides and walk-through areas in the dark will make your kids’ night that much more exciting!

    East Midlands

  9. Bonfire night on The Forest, Nottingham
    Monday 5th November 2018 

    Don’t be scared of Mondays, celebrate Bonfire Night with a fireworks display on the actual date!

    Bring the kids to the Forest Recreation Ground for a free event brimming with colourful fairground rides and delicious food stalls. And of course, there will be a grand roaring bonfire, right in the middle of it all!  

    Fireworks at Wicksteed Park for bonfire night

  10. Abbey Park Bonfire & Firework Display, Leicester
    Saturday 3rd November 2018

    Time to hit Leicester’s biggest fireworks display at the stunning Abbey Park! This event is designed to entertain families with kids of all ages. A funfair and live music will get you in the mood. Also, there will be a smaller, quieter fireworks show before the main night-sky spectacular, so you’ll get to enjoy the celebration, even if you’ve got young kids.

    South West

  11. Fireworks to Music at Avon Valley Adventure Wildlife Park, Bristol
    Monday 5th November 2018 

    How do you make fireworks even more exciting? Add great musical soundtrack to the show and watch the magic unfold at Avon Valley Adventure Wildlife Park. The park offers a large open space, so you can enjoy the fireworks comfortably. Also, the event will have a designated Sparkler Area where you and the kids can get your sparkle on.

    Oh, and there's no need to worry about the animals! Resident creatures that don’t do well with loud bangs will be moved further away from the fireworks area.

  12. Bonfire Night Fireworks Display at Puxton Park, Weston-Super-Mare
    Saturday 3rd November 2018 

    If you live anywhere near Puxton Park, you’re lucky, because the biggest fireworks display near you is all about the kids.

    Lots of rides for children, 3 storey soft-play barn open and live entertainment...Your little ones will feel super special this bonfire night. And if you love a good hog roast under the brightly lit night sky, then you’ll love it too!

    A family at a fireworks display for bonfire night

    South East

  13. Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular, Maidstone
    Saturday 3rd November - Sunday 4th November 2018

    25,000 fireworks will go up in the sky during this year’s fireworks display at Leeds Castle. The theme is “Let’s Dance!”, so put your dancing shoes on and prepare for an evening that will have you busting out all your best moves. Form kids to grandparents, everyone is welcome on the dance floor under the stars!

    Fancy spending the day there? Come in earlier in the afternoon to enjoy falconry displays, a maze and play areas for the little ones.

  14. 2018 Fireworks Spectacular at Beaulieu, Brockenhurst
    Saturday 27th October 2018

    Beaulieu in the New Forest will be celebrating Bonfire Night with one of the largest firework displays in the South. For a nostalgic feeling that will keep you warm and fuzzy inside, the theme this year is “Back to the 80s”.

    There will be old-school fairground entertainment to go with the theme. Get on the big wheel to enjoy the view, ride along on the gallopers and put your aim to the test at the coconut shy!

    Wales

  15. Sparks in the Park, Cardiff  
    Saturday 3rd November 2018

    Living in Cardiff and looking for a great fireworks display near you? Sparks in the Park at Bute Park is set to be Wales’ largest fireworks event in 2018, with 20 000 people expected to come. Heart FM presenters will take care of the music and entertainment, so the night will be epic.

    Need to go home early with the kids? There will be a Junior Display at 5.45pm - it’s smaller than the main event but it’s designed for younger kids to enjoy. You can stay for the main show from 7pm only if you’ve got the time.


    Fireworks displays at Caldicot Castle in Wales

  16. Caerphilly Castle Fireworks Display, Caerphilly
    Saturday 3rd November 2018

    This is a charity event taking place at the historic Caerphilly Castle - entry’s free but you’re welcome to donate to the Mayor’s chosen charity on the day.

    Want the best viewing spot? Find yourself a space on Crescent Road, or at Dafydd Williams Park. Plenty of locals will come out for this event, so why not have a family gathering, or meet up with your kids’ friends’ families... Bonfire Night is best enjoyed together!

    Yorkshire

  17. Bonfire and Fireworks at Jubilee Park, Fangfoss
    Saturday 3rd November 2018

    The annual bonfire and fireworks event at Jubilee Park returns yet another year. Entry to the event is free, so you can go for a walk in the park, let the kids explore the funfair rides and finish off by the bonfire.

    Grab a little something to eat from the food stalls nearby and watch the fireworks display cosily huddled by the fire. This is the classic bonfire night experience near you!

  18. Fabulous Fireworks 2018 at Lightwater Valley, Ripon
    Saturday 3rd November 2018

    Stunning fireworks over the beautiful Swan Lake, choreographed to music…the fireworks show at Lightwater Valley is going to be as wonderful as it sounds!

    The display will last 10 minutes and you won’t have to pay extra to see it, if you’re already in the park. It’s a great incentive to plan your visit for Saturday the 3rd, if you were planning to go anyway. 

    Fireworks and bonfire events at York Maze

    North East

  19. Fireworks Display at Seaham, Seaham
    Friday 2nd November 2018

    The organisers are keeping their cards close to their chest but if last year is anything to go by, this will be a free event with stunning fireworks popping all over the sky along the Seaham seafront. There’s something magical about watching fireworks by the sea....

  20. Stockton-on-Tees Riverside Fireworks, Stockton-on-Tees
    Sunday 4th November 2018

    Stockton’s 2018 fireworks display is going to be free but it sure sounds like something we’d pay to go to!

    There will be a fairground at Parliament Street car park and a smaller kids’ funfair at High Street car park. The theme of the fireworks display is War & Piece which sounds absolutely epic. And if that wasn’t enough, BBC Three will be involved with organising the live music and entertainment. Told you, it sounds like a paid event!

    Firework display over Riverside Park Chester-le-Street

    North West

  21. Heaton Park Bonfire and Fireworks Display, Prestwich
    Monday 5th November 2018

    The 2018 fireworks display at Heaton Park is expected to be huge! You’ll get all the usual fun, including a massive bonfire, funfair and of course - fireworks.

    However, this year promises to be busy, due to the event getting more and more popular over the recent years, so if you can, leave your bag at home. This will give you access to a fast track “no bags” queue. The less you wait outside, the better!


    Firework display over Gullivers World

  22. Firework Bonanza at Gulliver’s World, Warrington
    TBC

    Keeping the tradition alive, Gulliver’s World Warrington will host another spectacular firework display. It’s the perfect way to make a wonderful day at the park, even more memorable. Also, Gulliver’s sure know how to do things the family-friendly way! 

    Scotland

  23. Hopetoun Bonfire and Fireworks Night, Queensferry 
    Saturday 3rd November 2018

    If there’s one show that ruled 2018, it was The Greatest Showman, and so the 2018 fireworks display at Hopetoun House will be gloriously themed “Greatest Fireworks Show on Earth”.

    After some fabulous pre-show entertainment and a roaring bonfire spectacular, you’ll get to finish off the night on a choreographed fireworks display over the majestic Hopetoun House mansion. Sounds rather glam, doesn’t it?

    A family at a fireworks display for bonfire night

  24. Glasgow Green Fireworks 2018, Glasgow
    Monday 5th November 2018

    Fancy a glorious FREE fireworks display in Glasgow? This is the one! Funfair, food and fireworks - you’ll have everything you need to celebrate Guy Fawkes’ night, right at the heart of Glasgow.

    Since the event is free, thousands of people from the area are expected to come, so make sure you turn up early enough to get a good spot. An afternoon walk in the park with the kids before the event should do the trick.

    Want the best viewing spot? Find yourself a space on Crescent Road, or at Dafydd Williams Park. Plenty of locals will come out for this event, so why not have a family gathering, or meet up with your kids’ friends’ families... Bonfire Night is best enjoyed together!

 

Hopefully, you’ve got all the info you need to start planning a sparkling, fiery Guy Fawkes night in 2018. Shows the pics and let us know how it went!

Looking for more things to do this autumn? Here are some of the best places to go pumpkin picking near you, a few ideas of things to do with the kids outdoors this season and a round-up of the most exciting things to do in November.

 

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Dela Lozanova

27 September 2018

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Dela is a Digital Content Executive at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from sunny Varna on the Bulgarian seacoast, she now lives in Coventry and travels regularly throughout Europe to escape the rain.

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