The Best Bonfire Night and Firework Events in Manchester

Have the best possible Bonfire Night in Manchester this year with these firework displays in the city centre and beyond.

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 1st Nov 2023

Can you beat Bonfire Night? Wrapping up all cosy and heading out to a field where you’ll have a drink and a burger before gazing at the colours bursting in the sky, it’s just a wholesome experience. 

We do have some bad news though. 

Unfortunately, the Manchester Council has cancelled its Bonfire Night events for the second year in a row, citing increased costs. So all those big events we look forward to in places like Heaton Park and Platt Fields Park won’t be going ahead. Other councils including Stockport, Bolton, and Bury have cancelled their displays too. 

But this doesn’t mean there’ll be no firework displays in Manchester this year. You just need to know where to look. 

We’ll start our list of events for Bonfire Night in Manchester with M postcodes first and then work our way to those in the Greater Manchester areas like Stockport, Oldham, and Altrincham. Take a look at what's going down this weekend below.


Escape To Freight Island Fireworks & Fire Garden Night 


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When: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November 2023

Where: Mayfield Park, Baring Street in Manchester M1 2PY

This Bonfire Night in Manchester, Escape To Freight Island hosts events across two days - with sessions at 5:30-7pm and 7:30-9pm on Saturday and a 6-7:30pm session on Sunday - ensuring you get the chance to see the fireworks no matter your schedule. 

Mayfield Park will be packed with firey fun including the Fire Garden, which will feature flame-lined paths, copper flowers that breathe fire, and scorching sculptural trees. Once you’ve marvelled at the park, the night will fall, making way for one of the best firework displays in Manchester City Centre. 



Buile Hill Park Fireworks Display



When: Saturday 4th November 2023

Where: Buile Hill Park, Eccles Old Rd in Salford M6 8GL

Organised by Salford City Council, Buile Hill Park’s firework display returns in 2023. While there won’t be a bonfire this year, there’ll still be lots of fun to enjoy including the little sparks & firecracker shows (perfect for littluns or those who are sensitive to loud noises), glowing sculptures, food and drink vendors, a fun fair, the fire walk, live music, fire pits to toast marshmallows on, and of course the main fireworks display. Best of all? Entry is free! 



Bonfire Night at Prestwich Golf Club


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When: Saturday 4th November 2023

Where: Prestwich Golf Club, Hilton Ln, Prestwich in Greater Manchester M25 9XB

Prestwich Golf Club brings a stunning Bonfire Night to Manchester with all sorts on. Of course there’ll be a bonfire to keep us all toasty, two ten-minute firework displays, hotdogs and burgers, a tombola, sweets, and beer. There’ll also be music, stalls, and an announcer to ensure you don’t miss the displays! 



Fireworks Display at Aldwinians RUFC


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When: Sunday 5th November 2023 

Where: Aldwinians RUFC, Audenshaw Park in Manchester M34 5SN

Under 5s go free to this stunning Bonfire Night in Manchester… well, just outside Manchester. Get down early, find a good spot, and prepare to be mesmerized as the fireworks light up the sky. A late afternoon and evening packed with fun, there’ll also be fairground rides, food stalls, and the nation’s favourite games with a twist. 



Firework Spectacular 2023



When: Sunday 5th November 2023 

Where: Denton Golf Club, Manchester Rd, Denton in Manchester M34 2GG

Denton Golf Club’s annual Firework Spectacular is back! Seeming to firmly believe in the “go hard or go home” ethos, the club boasts two firework displays in Manchester, a stage with live music, dancers, character shows, and more, meet and greets with mascots, a fire engine, and a scavenger hunt and other activities. And we aren’t even finished there. There’ll also be funfair rides, face painting, light-up toys, sweets, and a bar and food stalls. Bosh. 



Funfair & Free Bonfire Night Fireworks Display


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When: Sunday 5th November 2023

Where: Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Cheetham Hill in Manchester M8 0AE

Completely free to attend and only a little over 20 minutes on a tram from St Peters Square, if you’re wondering where to watch the fireworks in Manchester, the Irish World Heritage Centre is the one! The funfair will open on the 4th, with the firework display the day after, on Bonfire Night itself. As a free annual display, you'll want to get there early. Kicking off at around 7pm, there'll also be traditional Bonfire Night food available, and no tickets are required - just bring some cash for a whirl on the rides. 



ELPMCC's Bonfire and Fireworks 


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When: Saturday 4th November 2023 

Where: East Lancs Paper Mill Cricket Club, Croft Ln, Radcliffe in Manchester M26 2RF

ELPMCC returns with a bang in 2023. After listening to visitors, the club brings The Cocktail Cart (mobile bar) and Bennett’s Soul Food to keep you warm from alcohol and hot food - perfect. The club’s bar and an extra two bars selling cans will also be open, one for cash, one for card. This event is free to attend but there will be a donation bucket for contributions so they can keep Bonfire Night in Manchester going strong. 



Fireworks Display at Clifton Cricket Club


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When: Saturday 4th November 2023 

Where: Clifton Cricket Club, Manchester Rd, Clifton, Swinton in Manchester M27 6NB 

Another trusty cricket club holding another annual firework display in Manchester, this one urges you to secure your tickets soon as they’re flying out. Tickets are decently priced though, with adults at a fiver, £3 for under 12s, and under 2s going free. For this one, there’ll be a firework display, fairground attractions, stalls, food, and indoor and outdoor bars. 



The Big Bang Bonfire at Oldham Edge



When: Thursday 2nd November 2023

Where: Oldham Edge Playing Fields, Henshaw Street in Oldham OL1 3EN

Oldham’s free Bonfire Night event returns for its 11th year in 2023, boasting the largest of its kind in the borough. Kicking off at 5pm, the team behind it have promised the biggest and most colourful event ever before with a fire and light show, a fairground, food stalls, the bonfire lighting at 6pm, and the firework display at 7pm put on by some of the best professionals in the country. Completely free to attend, why not consider hopping on a tram to Oldham this Bonfire Night? 



Woodford Community Centre Bonfire & Fireworks Display 2023


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When: Sunday 5th November 2023

Where: Woodford War Memorial Community Centre in Cheshire SK7 1PS

Okay, so this one’s a little outside of Manchester but it’s nice to have a few options, right? Especially since many displays and bonfires will be busier with many councils deciding to call off their displays this year. 

This ticket-only event brings the perfect family night out with a huge bonfire, a main firework show and a separate one for children, fairground rides, hot food to keep you warm, and a bar. Gates open at 6pm and the event ends at 9pm. 



Bowdon Bonfire 2023


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When: Friday 3rd November 2023 

Where: Bowdon Cricket, Hockey, and Squash Club, South Downs Rd, Bowdon in Altrincham WA14 3DT

The Bowdon Bonfire Night has been going down every year since 1968, bringing the people of Altrincham a wholesome evening of family fun each November. The first firework display is aimed at younger people, with the second and grand finale (with music) displays being louder. The bars will be open, serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and food stalls will serve barbecue burgers and other hot food to keep you warm. There’ll also be a bonfire, a kid's funfair, toffee apples and sweets, and novelty items on sale. 



Fireworks at the Farm 



When: Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, and Sunday 5th November 2023 

Where: Cockfields Farm Park, Lees Road, Ashton/Oldham Border OL6 8AR

A solid choice of all the firework displays in Manchester for those with sensitive ears, Cockfields Farm offers a safe, low-bang firework display timed along to music this year. 

There’ll be a kid's mini disco, the low-bang display for around 10 minutes, and then another visit to the kid's disco, where your littluns will be in with the chance of winning amazing prizes. If that wasn’t enough, the farm will be open for visitors to see and feed the animals, and there’ll be food trucks! 



Bramhall Firework & Music Festival


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When: Friday 3rd November 2023

Where: Stockport Rugby Union Football Club, Headlands Rd, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 3AN

Bramhall’s Bonfire Night/festival combo brings two firework displays with music - one for children and a huge Best of British-themed one for adults. Alongside the two huge firework displays, there’ll be a mega funfair, bars, a food court, and a main stage hosted by Imagine FM showing live music, fire dancers, and more. 



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Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.








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