Where to go on Bonfire Night

Here are some places to visit this Bonfire Night.

Rebecca Doneghan
5th November 2018
Image: Alexander Kagan

“Remember, remember the fifth of November…”, a famous poem that we all know and recognise. A true highlight of autumn; bonfire night. A night of light and excitement, colours and crowds; firework displays galore! If you’re hoping to attend a fantastic, fiery display this year, here are some recommendations for events around the country. If you’ll be at home or are willing to make the journey, be sure to consider these…

About an hour’s train ride from London, Lewes, East Sussex, is a picturesque, peaceful town that comes to life every November 5th with its incredible annual celebration of not just Guy Fawkes, but the ‘17 Lewes Martyrs’. This town’s vivid celebrations are the last of their kind in the UK, giving it the title of “Bonfire Capital of the World” and it’s clear why! Numerous processions led by the ‘Bonfire Societies’ pass through the town from approximately 5pm and throughout the evening, including seventeen burning crosses representing the martyrs, as well as five different bonfire and firework displays around the town. Tickets must be purchased online ahead of the event, but it sounds like an event you’ll never forget!

Additionally, Crystal Palace Park in London will be holding a large firework display, also on Monday 5th November, with the addition of a miniature railway, life-size dinosaur sculptures, and other attractions. A children’s display will take place at 7pm, perfect if you’re taking younger siblings or family members, with the main event at 8:30pm. Tickets also need to be purchased online for this event.

Not to worry, there are free events taking place out there too! If you’re thinking of heading further north, Glasgow is holding a free firework event on November 5th too, right in the city centre at Glasgow Green, Greendyke Street. With the money you’ll save on tickets, you can treat yourself at the food and drink stalls that will be there, as well as various merchandise vendors – perfect!

My final suggestion is not just local and free, but will be taking place on Sunday 11th November in case you can’t make it on the traditional day. South Shields seafront hosts a stunning firework display every year, with two shows to make sure you don’t miss out! A beautiful location with lots of hot drinks and sweet treats available, this local firework display offers a great alternative for those staying in Newcastle this bonfire season.

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