It’s hard to believe that Bonfire night is upon us and Christmas and New Year are just around the corner.
Yet however depressing the winter months can be for some, there is a sense of warmth, cosiness, and community that can only be felt in the latter months of the year; and Bonfire Night is the pinnacle of this. With crackling fires, sparkly fireworks, and treacle toffee galore, Guy Fawkes' Night is very much an occasion to be enjoyed by all.
Here's our round-up of the Bonfire Night Fireworks displays happening in London this weekend...
Corams Fields Fireworks Display
For a toddler-friendly bonfire display, head to Corams Field in North London where colourful fireworks will be lighting up the sky above the British Museum, assisted by an array of glow-stick and homemade cake stalls. Advanced tickets are not required to attend the display, however charity donations are gratefully received on the night. Friday 4th November; Gates open 16.30; Free Admission.
Westway Fireworks Display
Another free bonfire event in West London, Westway fireworks display provides a large-scale entertainment event with 3,000 people expected to enjoy the spectacle in Maxilla Gardens. As well as the traditional bonfire and fireworks, guys made by local school children will be displayed, as well as jugglers and other entertainment. Friday 4th November; Show 18:00; Free Admission; Entrance is from St Marks Rd alongside the Westway flyover.
Wimbeldon Fireworks Display
Famous not only for its tennis, but also for its huge bonfire night parties with a distinct community feel. Wimbledon firework displays are suitable for all ages with a smaller children’s display taking place before the main event, with both followed by the lighting of not one but two Guy Fawkes. Featuring music, stalls, and fairground rides, Wimbledon Park will be the place to be in South London. Friday 4th November; Displays 18:45 and 20:30; £7.00 Adults, £5.00 Kids under 16, £20 Family tickets (children under 4 go free).
Battersea Park Fireworks Display
Taking place in one of London’s most picturesque parks, the Battersea fireworks show promises a host of entertainment including the traditional pyrotechnics, bonfires, and food and drink stalls, to get revellers in the spirit of Guy Fawkes. Arrive early as this is one of London’s most popular events. Saturday 5th November; Gates open 18:00, bonfire & fireworks 19:30/20:00; £6.00 Adults advanced, £10.00 on the door, children under 10 free.
Cleveland Square Fireworks Display
Organised by the Cleveland Square and Gardens Residents’ Associates, this event is set to be a relatively exclusive one as tickets can only be purchased in advance. However it is well-worth the organisation, with music, a barbecue, and homemade mulled wine on offer, as well as the usual rockets and firecrackers. Tickets can be bought from the Cleveland Arms on Chilworth St, as well as online. Saturday 5th November; Display 19:30; £9.00 Adults, £5.00 children under 16 (advanced only).
Millwall Fireworks Display
Although the Victoria Park display will not be taking place this year, Tower Hamlets Council are not disappointing residents, with three other smaller events continuing in the area instead. One of these is Millwall Park, who will bring beautiful waterfalls, rockets and firecrackers, flickering Roman candles, and bright chrysanthemums to the sky, to ensure a lovely and memorable night for all. The other two displays in the East London area are Bartlett Park and Weavers Fields - expect a small, community atmosphere. Saturday 5th November; Display 19:30; Free Admission.
‘Bonfire Lounge’ at the ArtHaus
An Alternative Bonfire Celebration. If you can’t bare the cold, crowds or loud noises, then head to the alternative bonfire event at Hackney’s historical landmark the ArtHaus. Opening its doors for a one-off evening of festivities, including visual arts, installations, performances, acoustic music, and free mulled wine, Bonfire Lounge offers an alternative to the traditional roster. Referencing textures of historical and recent events in Hackney, the event attempts to evoke thought from spectators about the annual celebration involving torture, murder, and fire. Saturday 5th November; 17:00pm-11:00pm; Hackney, E8 3NJ; Free Admission.