The UK’s Best Fireworks Displays

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Bonfire night is more than just men with pointy beards trying to blow up parliament. It’s a time for romantic couples to venture out into the crisp autumnal air and be treated to lavish displays of pyrotechnic wizardry. There are literally hundreds of displays on offer around November 5th – we’ve selected only those that are guaranteed to make you say ‘aaaaah’.

Falmouth

Cornwall’s largest firework display is held in the pretty seaside town of Falmouth. The event – which also includes fire-eaters and fairground rides – is organised to raise money for Falmouth Firefighters Social and Welfare Club, so expect a generous helping of community spirit along with your post-display hot dog.

When: Wednesday November 5th, 7pm

Cost: £4

Birmingham

For a display with a difference, leave the city and head for Blists Hill Victorian Town in Ironbridge. The gas-lit streets will be populated by characters in Victorian dress who’ll be going about the business of 19th century life. After the fireworks, the Shifnal Male Voice Choir will be singing to the assembled ladies and gentlemen.

When: SaturdayNovember 1st, 7.30pm

Cost: £9.50

London

The Lord Mayor’s Show harks back to the 13th century, when London’s Lord Mayor would sail up the Thames to Westminster in order to swear his loyalty to the King. This tradition has been continued, with more of an emphasis on ‘party’ than ‘fealty’. Starting with a river pageant, followed by a street procession, the day culminates in a stunning display of fireworks on the river between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges.

When: SaturdayNovember 8th, 5.15pm

Cost: Free

Edinburgh

The Hopetoun fireworks display is one of the city’s grandest, thanks to its being in the grounds of Hopetoun House – one of Scotland’s finest stately homes. There’ll be plenty to entertain while waiting for the fireworks, including fairground rides, food, music and parades.

When: Saturday November 1st,6.30pm

Cost: £12

Lewes

On the 5th of November, this usually sleepy East Sussex town is transformed into a riotous mixture of fire, explosions, fancy dress and music. Processions from the area’s Bonfire Societies roam the streets unleashing bangers, carrying burning torches and thumping drums.

At the end of the evening, several large fireworks displays are carried out by the various factions, the most famous of which is provided by the Cliffe Bonfire Society. To attend one of these ‘Fire Sites’, you’ll need to buy a ticket in advance. These can be purchased from the Lewes Tourist Information Centre or from the societies themselves.

When: WednesdayNovember 5th, 9pm

Cost: Variable

Manchester

Covering an area of more than 600 acres, Manchester’s Heaton Park is one of the largest municipal parks in Europe. It’s the perfect place for the carnival-like celebrations that happen every year on Bonfire night. Visitors can expect to enjoy traditional funfair rides, food stalls, and a stunning display of fireworks.

When: Wednesday November 5th, 7.30pm

Cost: Free

 


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