Halloween may be over but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop because bonfire night is just around the corner and we cannot wait to huddle about with a hot chocolate and catch some spectacular displays. Bonfire night officially falls on Monday 5th November and is also known as Guy Fawkes Night. It traditionally marks the anniversary of the end of the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and is now celebrated throughout the country.
Each year the fireworks keep getting bigger and better and gone are the days of twiddling about a few sparklers. Fireworks have become a full on show with many being hosted in various locations. Not sure on where to catch them? Here’s a round up of what we suspect to be the best displays in London this year.
Alexandra Palace Firework Festival
Dates: Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd Nov from 8pm-2am
Price: From £8.50
Location: Muswell Hill
Ali Pali has a reputation of hosting the biggest and baddest firework displays in town and never fails to impress us. Luckily for us, it’s being hosted on two days this year due to high demand. Expect to see sparkling fireworks against a backdrop showing a panoramic view of London whilst enjoying some street food and craft beer. This event is incredibly family friendly and even has a specific area for families too!
Get your tickets here!
Crystal Palace Park Fireworks
Dates: Monday 5th Nov
Price: From £4.50, Infants 2 and under go Free
Location: Crystal Palace Park
We love Crystal Palace Park for its quirky aesthetics including the dinosaur sculptures and miniature railway so to have a firework display here only adds to the kooky fun. A children’s show will start at 7pm with a noisier main show kicking off at 8:30pm. Book your tickets online and bag a front row seat for all the action.
Dates: Saturday 3rd Nov 2018-all day from 12pm
If you’re looking to attend a major display that’s free then Blackheath firework display might just be your best bet. Attracting crowds of up to 100,000, this colourful event is an all-day extravaganza and features a funfair as well as food and drink stalls which open at 5pm. The firework display starts at 8pm and you can expect marvellous celebrations spilling out onto the streets throughout Blackheath Village.
Dates: Sunday 4th Nov from 4:30pm
Price: From £6
Location: The Athletic Ground
Another very family friendly event, at Richmond Firework Display, you can expect live entertainment as well as a funfair, hot food and mulled wine. The actual display kicks off at 7pm with the theme being 90s music night…what’s not to love! get your tickets here.
Victoria park Bonfire Night
Dates: Sunday 4th Nov from 7pm
Location: Victoria Park
Set in the beautiful and award-winning Victoria park, this year’s theme is monsters and you can expect nothing less than jaw-dropping at this spectacular event. No need to worry about tickets as it’s free of charge with fireworks starting at 7pm.
Dates: Saturday 3rd Nov from 5pm
Location: Brockwell Park
Catch two firework displays for the price of one ticket! The first being a display inspired by kids’ movies and the second being ‘The Time Tunnel’ show where fireworks will be choreographed to the sound of 90s anthems. Guaranteed to make you feel nostalgic, this wonderful event also promises a funfair and various food stands from the likes of Mac to the Future and Le Rac Shack.
Brent Fireworks: ‘Light Up the Night’
Dates: Sunday 4th Nov from 10am
Combining bonfire night and Diwali celebrations, the Brent Fireworks are set to be better than ever this year. Expect a wide range of activities happening during the day such as lantern making workshops at Brent Libary as well as dance performances across three stages at Market Square.
The main event will start at 6pm with a stunning parade of 20 fire torches, lanterns and giant glowing butterflies as well as dancers and a mechanical elephant marching along to the sounds of a Bollywood Brass Band.
There will even be a food market serving a combination of British and Indian food and the whole event will be a celebration of the borough’s multicultural identity with a 12 minute firework display kicking off to Indian music.
So if you fancy something a bit different, we would highly recommend checking out this display.
Battersea Park Fireworks
Dates: Saturday 3rd Nov
Price: £10, free for under 10s
Location: Battersea Park
Book early to avoid disappointment, at Battersea Park you can expect to catch some award-winning sparkles set to light up Wandsworth Skies. The bonfire will start blazing at 7:30pm with the fireworks kicking off at 8pm. get your tickets here!
Wild Wold Fireworks and Bonfires
Dates: Saturday 3rd Nov
Price: £4, free of under 6s
Location: Scout Park
Head on down to Bounds Green park to take in sparkles in a beautiful countryside setting. Expect a delicious selection of food from Norwegian waffles to falafels and enjoy toasting marshmallows on the bonfire too! The event will be hosted by Wild Wolf Explorers and whilst online ticket sales are now closed, here is how you can get your tickets.
Dates: Friday 2nd Nov from 6:30pm
Price: £4 in advance, £5 on the day, Children under 5 go free
Location: Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium
Expect lots of colour, excitement and music as well as live DJ’s from radio Jackie and children’s rides. Click here to get your tickets!