Top ten bonfire night events

The top ten bonfire events in the UK this Autumn. Remember, remember, the 5th of November... 

17th October 2017
Top ten bonfire night events in the UK

Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations, East Sussex

On Saturday 4th November hundreds of spectators will be joined by about thirty visiting bonfire societies and dozens of marching bands on the cobbled streets of Lewes for a grand bonfire procession.  Groups in costume will parade 17 burning crosses through the streets to commemorate Lewes’s 16th century martyrs who were burnt at the stake. The evening will conclude with various firework displays and the lighting of huge bonfires on the hills around Lewes. The procession itself, which runs from 5pm, is free but the official fire sites around Lewes are ticketed events. Details of the various sites can be found at lewesbonfirecelebrations.com.

Lewes Bonfire night fireworks

Bonfire Night in Inverness, the Highlands

On the banks of the River Ness, Bught Park in Inverness will attract between 10,000-15,000 spectators to the Highlands’s biggest bonfire event. Festivities commence at 7pm on Saturday 4th November with fire twirlers and a pipe and drum band before the giant bonfire is lit at 7:30pm. The pipes and drums will be replaced by whooshes and bangs as the musical fireworks display begins, signalling the night drawing to a close. This is a free event and more information can be found at visitlochness.com

Ride the Rocket Firework Train, Denbighshire

Enjoy a wonderfully alternative firework experience aboard a steam train along the picturesque Llangollen railway line beside the River Dee. The evening journey takes you from Llangollen through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stopping off at Glyndyfrdwy Station on the way back for a stunning firework display and warm refreshments. The train departs at 6pm and returns at 8:30pm on Saturday 4th November. If bought in advance adult tickets cost £16 and children £10; book online at llangollen-railway.co.uk.

Ottery St Mary, Devon

In a daring and peculiar pyrotechnic spectacle, villagers haul flaming barrels of tar on their backs through the streets of Ottery St Mary. Each one gets bigger until the last, huge barrel is paraded around at midnight. Although it is unclear why this intriguing tradition started, it is enthusiastically embraced by the whole community. All the usual fireworks, entertainments and a 30ft bonfire make a welcome addition to the proceedings. The event begins at 7pm on Saturday 4th November and is completely free. Visit tarbarrels.co.uk/nextbarrels.

Ottery St Mary tar barrels

Tutbury Castle Firework and Viking Spectacular, Staffordshire

Voted as one of the best displays in the UK, on 4th and 5th November Tutbury Castle is holding its annual evening of fierce Viking fighting, dazzling pyrotechnic displays, living history camp and a ‘Viking funeral’. Costumed reenactments are an enthralling enhancement to the usual bonfire night festivities and give this event a unique touch. This is all topped off with a BBQ, bar and children’s entertainment. Gates open at 5pm and are followed on both Saturday and Sunday by fireworks at 8pm. Adults cost £8.50, children and concessions are £7.50. Visit tutburycastle.com to book tickets and for more information.

Sparks in the Park, Cardiff

The 1st November will see Wales’ biggest and most spectacular firework display light up the skies above Cardiff. A colossal bonfire has been promised, as well as a display lasting half an hour. There is also an earlier fireworks show at 5:45pm for children. Food stalls, fairground rides and live entertainment from Capital FM are a few of the various attractions offered at Cooper Fields. The bonfire is lit at 6:15pm and is followed by fireworks. Adult tickets are £10 and £5 for children but receive 25% if bought in advanced. Tickets are available from Eventbrite.

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

This beautiful stately home in the Derbyshire Dales will host a fantastical firework display and bonfire as part of its annual commemoration of Guy Fawkes. Fabulous live entertainment will include dancing and circus performers. The bonfire is lit at 7pm, with a children's firework display at 7.30pm and a grand finale firework display at 8.15pm on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November. Tickets are £15 for adults and £12 for children and can be bought at chatsworth.org.uk.

Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh

Edinburgh's fireworks concert will take place on Sunday 5th November, organised by an award-winning pyrotechnic company. This year's display will have a sci-fi theme, with entertainment starting at 6.30pm and the fireworks at 7.30pm.

Booking is strongly recommended. Tickets cost £7 and can be booked online from Ticketsource.

Himley Hall, Dudley

30 minutes from Birmingham, Himley Hall is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and the fireworks display on Saturday 4th November will be one of the largest in the country. The theme is 'Girl Power' featuring music by Katy Perry, Amy Winehouse, Elvis Costello and more.

The bonfire will be lit at 7.45pm, and the fireworks will start at 8.30pm. Tickets cost £9 for adults and £4.50 for children, with a family ticket at £23. For details including the free shuttle bus and to book tickets visit himleyhallandpark.co.uk.

The York Maze fireworks spectacular

Birthplace of Guy Fawkes, the city of York celebrates its history with fireworks to music and a bonfire, held in York Maze on Sunday 5th November. The fire shows start at 6:30pm, followed by the bonfire at 7:30pm, fireworks at 8:00pm and two hours of live music from 8:30pm.

The event also has fairground stalls and food available, and the car park is only open to advance ticket holders. For more information see yorkmaze.com; tickets cost £15 for adults and £10 for children.

Guy Fawkes birthplace York bonfire night
Guy Fawkes was born in York ©Getty

 

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