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Get your sparkle on with 5 of the best bonfire nights & firework displays

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

The UK plays host to some amazing bonfire nights and firework displays. You will find an event in most villages, towns and cities across the country but if you are anywhere near our favourite 5, book a ticket, get yourself wrapped up and make Guy Fawkes night one to remember!


Ally Pally’s Fireworks Festival, London

Ally Pally’s is the capital’s best firework display and bonfire night. Enjoy legendary RnB DJ Trevor Nelson, a wow-inducing light show, German beer tent and Spice Girl tribute act, Wannabe! If that’s not enough, then step into the Ice Disco and watch crazy fire jugglers, not forgetting the actual bonfire and fireworks.

When Saturday 6th November 4pm-10.45pm

Ally Pally’s Fireworks Festival is set against unrivalled panoramic views over London

Celebrate bonfire night at the legendary Ally Pally’s Fireworks Festival


Lewes Bonfire Celebrations, Lewes, East Sussex

Let’s kick off with what must now be recognised as the most famous Bonfire Night celebration in these islands. Ritualistic and rooted in history, over 5,000 participants come from bonfire societies throughout Sussex and 80,000 spectators shuffle their way through the streets of Lewes. The atmosphere is electric, sometimes quite eerie. The seven Lewes societies hold their own bonfires and parades in specific areas of the town and you buy a ticket for your preferred bonfire location. The whole thing is a riotous assembly, where just for one night in November you feel like you are stepping back in time. It really has become a bucket-list event.

When Friday 5th November 4pm-11.30pm


Thornton Hall, Thornton-in-Craven, North Yorkshire

At Thornton Hall you can expect a huge bonfire, firework display set to music, lights and special effects. There’s also street theatre, live music and DJs, a fabulous selection of food, kid’s entertainment and a fire show. And if you liked it on the Friday, you’re going to love doing it all over again on the Saturday!

When Friday 5th November 6pm-11pm & Saturday 6th November 6pm-11pm

Why not visit Thornton Hall for a special night with the family?


Sophiaworks, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Last year’s Sophiaworks was cancelled so this year returns with a bang. Held at Glamorgan Cricket Club’s home ground of Sophia Gardens, sitting adjacent to the River Taff, this is Cardiff’s favourite bonfire night venue. With great food on offer, fantastic views and an easy hop into a buzzing city centre afterwards you need to get your ticket quickly, especially with attendance capped at 3,600.

When Friday 5th November 5.30pm


The Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary, Ottery St Mary, Devon

A historic tradition that over time has become one of England’s most memorable re-enactments. Not happy with simply rolling barrels of burning tar, participants now carry the flaming full-size barrels on their shoulders, as they march through the streets of this small town in Devon. The bonfire itself is rather special, standing at 35ft in height and with a girth not far off 50ft. There is a genuine carnival atmosphere, an unforgettable experience so long as you remember not to touch the barrels!

When Friday 5th November 4pm-11.30pm


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Image credits: ©James Berry/Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival; Thornton Hall Country Park; Video: Spirit Box/YouTube

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