Not sure where to head for this year’s fireworks night? Here’s our pick of some of the biggest, brightest and best displays around the country, so there’s bound to be something near you.
Nottingham Big City Bonfire – 5th November
Bonfire Night in Nottingham has become a legendary annual event locally, as it features a huge fun fair operated by The Mellors Group who also organise amongst others the famous Nottingham Goose Fair.. 2 Displays and tens of thousands of people fill the City Centre Venue at the Forest Recreation Ground.
Lewes, East Sussex – 5th November
Bonfire Night in Lewes has become a legendary annual event, as it features a wild and dark display of burning effigies, torch-lit processions and plenty of alcohol – all in the name of commemorating the 17 protestant martyrs of the town. It’s not one for children and you will need to be careful, as the Lewes event is not as health and safety conscious as it should be!
Rocket Firework Train, Denbighshire – 3rd November
For something completely unique, hop aboard a train on the rural Llangollen railway line and enjoy an evening journey through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The destination is Glyndyfrdwy Station, where a magnificent fireworks display will be set off.
Ottery St. Mary, Devon – 5th November
Another weird and wonderful Bonfire Night tradition, in the same vein of the Lewes celebration, is this event in the small town of Ottery St. Mary. Expect the usual bonfire, fireworks display and fairground, but there’s also a procession through the town where participants carry flaming barrels of tar above their heads.
Segedunum Roman Fort, Tyne and Wear – 1st November
This is an enormous fireworks display, one of the biggest in the north of England, held at the Segedunum Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall.
Kenilworth Castle, Midlands – 3rd November
Held at the historic and resplendent Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, this is another whopper of a fireworks display. There’s lots going on at this event, from stalls to sideshows, and it’s all in aid of charitable causes too.
Llandudno Bay, North Wales – 27th October
Held a week early due to the tide times, this is an unmissable fireworks display held on North Shore Beach overlooking the bay. It’s a brilliant chance to see the amazing mirror and lighting effects created by holding fireworks displays over water.
River of Light, Liverpool – 4th November
The culmination of the China Dream Season, part of Liverpool’s 2018 cultural programme, the River of Light event features a spectacular musical fireworks display which lights up both sides of the River Mersey. Around 90,000 people are expected to line the banks of the Mersey in both Liverpool and New Brighton in Wirral, enjoying the display along with art installations and other attractions.
South Queensferry, Edinburgh – 3rd November
Against the backdrop of the beautiful Hopetoun House, this fireworks extravaganza is set to be one of the biggest and best to date. Rumour has it that this year’s theme is inspired by the hit film ‘The Greatest Showman’.
Alexandra Palace, London – 2nd and 3rd November
If you’re near the UK capital on Bonfire Night, head to the stunningly-lit Alexandra Palace for the annual display. The popular event also features a funfair, ice skating, laser shows and German Bier Festival.
Of course, if you don’t fancy heading out to an organised display, you can always plan your own fireworks extravaganza. With enough space and close attention to safety information, you can create your own personalised pyrotechnics in your own back garden.
Give the 1st Galaxy Fireworks team a call on 0115 8559000 for advice and browse the website to make your fireworks shopping list. Remember – safety should be your top priority when handling fireworks of any kind, so stay safe this Bonfire Night!