Every year on November 5, Brits get together and have bonfires and fireworks to commemorate King James I’s survival of Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot on the same day in 1605. Celebrations normally include bonfires, fireworks, funfairs, family entertainment, special food and drinks. The most popular way to celebrate the day is to get tickets for a fireworks event in your local area or city. Express.co.uk reveals the 10 best bonfire night events in the UK – MAPPED.
Beckenham Fireworks in the Park, Croydon, London
If you live in London, you’ll know the biggest and most popular Guy Fawkes fireworks in the city are held at Alexandra Palace.
On Saturday, November 6, the entertainment and sports venue is holding their famous Fireworks Festival and it will be fun for all the family.
Those with tickets are looking forward to hearing live music, DJ sets, seeing the UK’s largest German bier festival, eating street food, staking on the ice rink, and of course, watching an impressive fireworks display… but tickets are now sold out!
Most of the other big fireworks displays in London are sold out, but Croydon’s offering only sells tickets at the gate (both cash and card are accepted).
Make your day to Croydon Road Park on Saturday, November 6 before 5pm to avoid disappointment.
The main display doesn’t start until 7.45pm but there’s a quieter display for younger children at 6pm and the gates are open from 5pm for everyone to enjoy the stalls and funfair.
Come hungry because the food stalls this year include everything from jerk chicken and paella to churros and hot chocolate.
Kids of primary and preschool age go free and prices range from £5 for kids over 11+ to £10 for adults (there are deals for family tickets).
Fireworks Spectacular, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
Enjoy a full day at Legoland having a ball on the rides and watching the live shows with the kids, and then stay into the evening for some incredible fireworks.
This event takes place from November 5 until November 7 and tickets include park entry AND fireworks.
Prices range from £35 for one ticket to £120 for a family ticket for four.
Lewes Bonfire Celebrations, Sussex
On November 5, head down to the Lewes Bonfire Celebrations in East Sussex if you want to experience a traditional bonfire night celebration.
It’s the most famous Bonfire Night event in the world, with Lewes being known as the bonfire capital.
At a first glimpse, the event looks like a mix between Halloween and Mardi Gras, and up to 80,000 people normally attend.
The event is different from others because it also commemorates the memory of the 17 Protestant martyrs who were burned at the stake for their faith during the Marian Persecutions during James I’s reign.
The night will be complete with more than 30 processions between 5pm and 9pm, fireworks displays, and more.
Leeds Castle, which is in Maidstone in Kent and not Leeds, is home to the South East’s biggest fireworks display.
On November 7, those with tickets will witness an out of this world display set to space-themed music.
Unfortunately, the popular display is already sold out this year!
Kent Life’s display in Maidstone is also sold out for both the Saturday and Sunday night events.
Alternatively, you can head to Hadlow Mannor’s display, Great Lines Heritage Park in Medway’s display, Lydden Hill Race Circuit’s event near Dover or Kent Cricket’s display at the Spitfire Ground in Canterbury.
Stockton Fireworks, Stockton-on-Tees
Newcastle’s Fireworks at the Fort normally takes place just off the banks of the River Tyne in the remains of the Segedunum Roman Fort, but the display has been cancelled again this year.
If you’re looking for an alternative in the North East, head to the Stockton Fireworks on November 7.
This year, the event will be hosted by BBC Radio Tees’ presenters and there will be some impressive musical performances from the likes of Brooke Burke, Taylor Mayd, Billy Hunt and Spilt Milk.
The fireworks start at 6.30pm and will be accompanied by the music of your favourite superheroes.
What’s more, this fantastic display is completely free of charge!
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Selby Community Bonfire and Fireworks Event, North Yorkshire
Selby’s Bonfire and Fireworks event will be held on Saturday, November 6 on Scott Road Community Field, and admission is totally free!
Gates open at 6pm and the first two displays start at 7pm and 7.45pm, so there’s plenty of time to mill around and enjoy the fairground rides, stalls, bonfires and delicious food and drinks.
Even though you don’t need to pay for a ticket, donations are gratefully accepted by the Charity collectors at the gate.
Fireworks Night and Fun Fair, Derby
Tickets are still available to buy for Derby’s biggest fireworks night at the County Cricket Club on November 5.
More than 10,000 visitors are allowed on the grounds and there are lots of rides and food and drink stalls for everyone to enjoy.
Adults pay £5, under 16s tickets cost £3 and family tickets for two adults and up to two juniors cost £12.
Gates open at 4pm, the fireworks start at around 7pm and the funfair and grounds close at 9.30pm.
The Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary, Devon
The Tar Barrel dates back to the 1600s and involves burning barrels on fireworks night.
The tradition is believed to be linked to burning barrels for fumigation of cottages and as a warning of the approach of the Spanish armada.
For centuries, the West Country has been known to hold torchlight processions and barrels are always burnt, rolled in the streets and carried on the shoulders.
Ottery is the only town you’ll see this taking place, alongside a giant bonfire and fireworks.
Admission is free, but the pubs, streets and alleys will be packed with people trying to catch a glimpse of the processions from 7pm onwards.
Chiddingfold Bonfire, Surrey
On Saturday, November 6, a huge fireworks event is taking place in Chiddingfold, Surrey.
There is going to be an impressive bonfire, a torchlight procession and lots of delicious food and drink.
The bonfire will be set alight at approximately 7.15pm, with the fireworks due to begin at 8pm.
The best part? There are no tickets! Attendance is free, but you can make donations via PayPal.
Bonfire Night, Goosnargh, Preston
A Bonfire Night complete with hay bales, hot drinks, sparklers, fireworks and a pizza van is being hosted at Senior Pastors Ed and Chele from Valley Church’s family farm in Goosnargh (PR3 2EE), according to the Facebook page.
The event takes place from 6pm on Saturday, November 6 and entry is free.