Leeds Castle, Kent – November 5th and 6th
The curiously named Leeds Castle (which is absolutely nowhere near Leeds) produces one of the most expensive fireworks shows in the country during the Bonfire Night weekend. Each year has a different theme, and the fireworks are timed to music chosen for that year’s theme – an incredible way of livening up the bonfire night experience.
Gates open early for a falconry display, live music and fairground rides – plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy in an incredible historic setting. Leeds Castle provides one of the best fireworks displays in the country, and the musical themes only encourage you to engage with the event.
Alexandra Palace, London – November 4th and 5th
One of the most recognisable fireworks displays in the world, the Alexandra Palace event is a permanent fixture on the London calendar. The event includes fantastic laser shows, the traditional funfair, and a miniature German Bier Festival. There are even some fabulous food stalls, serving a massive variety of up-to-date and cutting-edge global cuisine to complete your experience of the night.
You also gain the unrivalled opportunity to crash every other Londoners fireworks display from the raised vantage point of Alexandra Palace, overlooking the city skyline.
The Alexandra Palace fireworks display is one of the best in the country, attracting huge crowds every year, and a huge player in the evolution of the traditional celebration.
Blist’s Hill, Shropshire – November 5th
The Blist’s Hill celebrations at Ironbridge are incredibly special – located on the village green of a Victorian town for whom time stopped in the 1800’s. The event is one of the most traditional in the country, with fireworks accompanied by music and the residents dressed in realistic Victorian costumes. The gates of the town open an hour before the show officially begins, to allow visitors a chance to explore the area properly, and learn about life in the 1800’s from the residents of Ironbridge.
The display includes pouring of molten iron, iron-casting demonstrations, and traditional Victorian music to accompany an extravagant fireworks display. Blist’s Hill is definitely Bonfire Night done differently!
Segedunum, North Tyneside – November 3rd
One of the biggest fireworks displays in North-East England, the bonfire night displays at Segedunum are located in one of the most iconic places in the country. An ancient Roman fort at the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall, Segedunum (meaning “Strong Fort”) has been a feature of Tyneside since AD122 – an incredibly beautiful place to watch the fireworks.
Gates open early to allow visitors time to explore the exposed foundations and the huge interactive museum that includes full-scale reconstructions of several Roman buildings. A 35-metre-high viewing platform provides outstanding views of both the world heritage site and the fantastic fireworks.
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