Top 10 bonfire night destinations in the UK


New to the UK?  Everyone seems to go crazy for fireworks on 5th November, bonfire night, but why?


Bonfire night (as the 5th November gets called by most people) in the UK is a well-renowned, historic tradition that takes place on the 5th of November every year. It commemorates the foiled Guy Fawkes plot that almost ended up in the Houses of Parliament being blown up due to Guy Fawkes’s bid to plant gunpowder beneath the famous building. Those celebrating the survival of Westminster often buy fireworks to symbolize the failed gunpowder attempt by Guy Fawkes.

Some people mark the occasion with fireworks in their own back garden but there are organised displays all over the country and Prospero Teaching is here with our handy list to some of the best the UK has to offer…

1. London – Alexandra Palace

The capital is well known for its famous fireworks displays and it certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to Guy Fawkes night. As is the historical home of bonfire night for there are many local events to choose from though one of the best known is in Haringey at Alexandra Palace

Date: Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th November

Entry fee: £9

Website: www.alexandrapalace.com

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2. Leeds – Leeds Castle

Date:  Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th November

Entry fee: Adults: £19.00, Children: £12.50

Website: www.maximweb.net/leedscastlev8_ui_full/events.aspx

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3. Manchester – Heaton Park

Date: Thursday, November 5

Entry fee: Free, arrive by 7:30pm

Website: www.manchester.gov.uk

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4. Newcastle – Jesmond Fireworks Display

Date: Sunday, November 8

Entry fee: £4 for adults, £2 for children

Website: www.newcastlecc.org.uk

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5. Cardiff – Castle Green 

Date: Saturday, November 7

Entry fee: Adult: £7.50, Child: £3.75

Website: cardiff.roundtable.co.uk

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6. Glasgow – Glasgow Green

Date: Wednesday, November 4

Entry fee: Free

Website: glasgowlife.org.uk

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7. Exeter – The Ottery St Mary Tar Barrel festival

Date: Thursday, November 5

Entry fee: Free

Website: www.otterytarbarrels.co.uk

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8. Kent

Date: November 7 and November 8

Entry fee: Adults: £19.00, Children: £12.50

Website: www.leeds-castle.com

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9. Sussex – Lewes

Date: Thursday, November 5

Entry fee: £3

Website: www.lewesbonfirecelebrations.com

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10. Wallsend – Segedunum Roman Fort

Date: Thursday, November 5

Entry fee: Free

Website: www.segedunumromanfort.org.uk

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Go out, experience and immerse yourself in the rich London history of Guy Fawkes whilst enjoying a night out of formidable fireworks with fantastic displays right across the UK.


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