The ultimate guide to the UK’s best bonfire nights

It’s that time of year once again. Hats, scarves and mittens. Hot chocolate and mulled wine. Cosy bonfires and sparklers. And, of course, a spectacular display of fireworks!

With an array of events up and down the country, we’ll guide you through our top picks of the best firework displays for you, your family and friends.

Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival

Alexandra Palace Fireworks FestivalOne of the main firework nights in London, this annual two-day event includes the UK’s largest German Bier Festival, funfair rides, live music and of course, a show-stopping firework display! Plus, enjoy fantastic tribute acts including Joel Coombes: Elton John and Rouge Minogue: Kylie.

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Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular

FireworksA stunning venue for a firework display, Leeds Castle in Kent quite literally lights up with sounds and colour on bonfire night. This event is the largest pyrotechnic display in South East England, combining traditional fireworks with projected imagery to create a spectacular feast for the eyes!

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Fireworks and Bonfire Night, Cambridge

Fireworks in CambridgeRight in the heart of the city, Midsummer Common has a magical atmosphere on bonfire night. All you need is a warm coat and a cup of cocoa while watching the fireworks burst above the spires of Cambridge’s historic buildings.

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Civic Bonfire and Fireworks Display, Inverness

Fireworks in InvernessThe lack of light pollution up in the highlands makes it an ideal spot for fireworks. The bursts of lights and colour filling up the dark night sky make it a spectacle to remember. A must-see in Scotland, this firework night is a top-rated event. Taking place in Bught Park, in the centre of Inverness, this dramatic firework display will leave you mesmerised.

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The Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary

The Tar Barrels of Ottery St MaryFor an alternative Bonfire Night, head to Ottery St Mary for their annual Tar Barrels event. This local tradition pre-dates Guy Fawkes Nights and involves local pubs and breweries handing over a barrel that is subsequently covered in tar, set on fire, and carried through the streets by willing local folk. No fireworks here though, just fire!

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Fireworks at the Fort

Fireworks at the FortSegedunum marks the easternmost portion of Hadrian’s Wall. Located just off the banks of the River Tyne lies the remains of this Roman fort. Today though, the site hosts a thrilling firework display! With free entry to the museum and a range of activities to keep the kids entertained, it makes for a thoroughly enjoyable family night out.

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