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, here we guide you through our top picks of the best firework displays for you, your family and friends.
Head to Legoland with the family for a spectacular firework show. Have you ever seen fireworks exploding into Lego bricks? Well, you can here! Special glasses given out at the event will make it a display like you’ve never seen before.
A 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!
Right 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.
The 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.
For 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!
Segedunum 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.
Right in the beautiful peak district, you find Chatsworth House – famous for its impressive art collection and stunning surrounding grounds. However, on the last weekend of October, the house plays host to a bonfire night bonanza! Wrap up warm, bring the whole family and enjoy the firework displays, hog roast, churros, mulled cider and more.