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Fireworks Displays: New Year’s Eve with the kids at fireworks near you 2018

Dela Lozanova

14 December 2018

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Fancy seeing 2018 off with awesome fireworks near you? Finding the right event might prove to be harder than it seems when you’re a parent. Most New Year’s Eve firework displays take place at midnight and the streets get crowded with thousands of celebrating grown-ups. Not exactly child-friendly, right?

No worries! We’ll make sure your New Year’s Eve with the kids goes off with a bang, as we share a list of the best family-friendly firework displays near you. Get ready to wrap up and watch the magic unfold!

 Family watching New Year's Eve Fireworks Display

1. Fantastic New Year Fireworks at Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire
Start Time: 18:30

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park definitely knows how to throw an awesome party! Not one, but two epic fireworks displays will take place at the park to celebrate the new year - one on the 31st December 2018, and the other - on 1st January 2019.

You won’t have to pay extra to see the fireworks - the show is included with your day tickets and annual passes. This means you can spend the day at Longleat with the kids, see the animals and stay after dark for the fireworks at 6.30pm. Oh, and don’t forget Longleat’s lanterns festival will still be on. It’s one of the best lantern festivals in the UK, so don’t miss out!

2. Family fireworks at Torbay, Devon
Start Time: 20:00

If you live in Devon, beautiful seaside Torbay is throwing the best family-friendly fireworks display near you - it’s in the name!

The New Year’s Eve fireworks will go off at 8pm on Monday, 31st of December at Municipal Lane / end of Holy Trinity Lane. The whole spectacular will last an hour. After all that, the whole family will be feeling the thrill of the end of the year celebrations and the kids will go to bed filled with excitement.

 Little girl enjoying New Year's Eve fireworks display near you

3. New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND Windsor, Berkshire
Start Time: 21:30

If you want to spend New Year’s Eve with the kids in a way the little ones will remember forever, book an overnight stay at LEGOLAND Windsor. Even the fireworks will have their own LEGO spin! Armed with special 3D glasses, you’ll see LEGO bricks appear in the sky amongst the colourful rain of sparkles. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

LEGOLAND Windsor will not only host one of the most exciting firework displays near you, but you’ll also be treated to a magical New Year’s Eve experience, complete with festive dinner and brunch with LEGO characters. The kids will love it!

4. Gully’s Around the World Party at Gulliver’s World (Warrington, Cheshire) & Gulliver’s Land (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire)
Start Time: 21:30

Speaking of awesome ways to see fireworks displays near you on your New Year’s Eve with the kids, attending Gully’s Around the World Party is definitely at the top of the list. You can choose to join the festivities either at Gulliver’s World in Warrington, or at Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes - whichever one’s closer.

Your adventure around the world will being at 7pm. From there on, every hour on the hour, you’ll get to welcome 2019 with a different country around the world. At 9.30pm, there will be a Northern Lights Fireworks show, so the kids who’re not old enough to stay awake for the grand fireworks finale at midnight, won’t go to bed disappointed.

 Young boy watching a New Year's Eve fireworks display near you

5. New Year’s Eve Family Fireworks at Brighton le Sands, Merseyside
Start Time: 21:00

Brighton Le Sands is famous for its stunning beaches, so why not join the New Year’s Eve celebration by the sea? It’s a free community event, organised with families in mind. A 30-minute fireworks display is planned for 9pm, which is a reasonable time for the younger kids. Just put on your warm winter scarves, gloves and coats and you’ll be all ready to go!

Looking for the best views of the fireworks? The beachfront stretches from Kyeemagh to Ramsgate but the top viewing spot is Lady Robinson Beach.

6. Bairns Afore: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian
Start Time: 18:00

Celebrate New Year’s Eve the Scottish way! Experience the incredible spirit of the iconic Hogmanay festivities at this year’s edition of the family-friendly Bairns Afore event.

With Massaoke singing live, you’ll enjoy a concert, featuring everything from Scottish bangers, to pop hits and Disney classics. The whole family will be feeling the party atmosphere. You won’t have to wait till late for the fireworks either - the display will take place at 6pm above the magnificent Edinburgh Castle.

7. London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks, London, Greater London
Start Time: Midnight

Yes, we know, we did say that most fireworks displays near you aren’t suitable for kids because they take place at midnight and because they’re overcrowded with partying adults. London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks are both...but then again, those are THE London New Year’s Eve Fireworks.

If you still want to experience the amazing grandeur of London’s midnight spectacle live, you can. You’ll need a ticket (£10.00) for each member of the family to enter. You’re welcome to come with your kids, if you think they’ll enjoy it. Alternatively, you can escape the crowds and watch the fireworks on a dinner cruise on the River Thames, or from one of London’s many restaurants with a great view. It’s worth a try!

We hope you’ve found a fireworks display near you where you can happily celebrate the coming of 2019 as a family. Nothing nearby? Here are a few more ideas on how to spend New Year’s Eve with the kids.

 Little girl with sparkles at New Year's Eve


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Dela Lozanova

14 December 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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