Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is a British tradition celebrated on November 5th each year. It commemorates the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605 when Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Bonfire Night is marked with fireworks displays, bonfires, and the burning of effigies of Guy Fawkes.
Here are the top 10 Bonfire Night events around the UK!
1. Lewes Bonfire Night
Known for being the biggest Bonfire Night Locations in the UK, Lewes’s extravagant processions and large bonfires don’t disappoint! With around 30 bonfire societies taking the streets of Sussex with marching bands and performers it’s no surprise that this event location is considered a ‘true bonfire experience’.
2. Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
Photograph: Alexandra Palace Fireworks via Time Out
3. Quex Park Bonfire and Fireworks
This historical site makes for the perfect backdrop for bonfire night as locals gather to watch fireworks. The family-friendly event has two rounds of firework shows, with one early in the evening for children and one in the late night for the party animals. The festivities include carnival rides, food stalls, live music and a bonfire.
Photograph: Battersea Park Fireworks/Nathan Dainty via Time Out
4. Battersea Park Fireworks
Join thousands of Londoners at another impressive display, this event features a stunning firework show set to music. The Battersea Power Station along with neighboring restaurants make this location a local hit. You may even consider taking a night cruise from Westminster pier to see the show from the Thames!
5. Firework and Funfair Race Night
6. Guilford Lions Firework Fiesta
This community firework event raises money to support the Guilford Lion’s welfare fund and a local mental health charity. There’s something for everyone at this event with an array of multi-cultural food stalls accompanied by live music and entertainers.
Photograph: Guildford Lions Firework Fiesta via Burpham Pages
7. Oldham Edge Bonfire
Known as the ‘Big Bang Bonfire’ and located in one of Manchester’s largest parks, this event features a large bonfire and an impressive fireworks show. The free event makes it easy for everyone to attend and experience the fun.
Photograph: Bristol Firework Fiesta via Bristol Fireworks Fiesta
8. Bristol Fireworks Fiesta
This event includes a fantastic firework display synchronized with music at Bristol’s central Downs. The iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge adds the perfect backdrop for this spectacular event.
9. Light Up Lancaster
This unique bonfire event brings together international and local participants to showcase their art. Aside from the traditional firework and bonfire display, lights are placed along a trail through the city combined with film, animation, and music.
10. Plymouth Bonfire Night
This annual event takes place at Plymouth Hoe along the waterfront making the views extra special as fireworks illuminate the English Channel and historic Plymouth Sound. The massive bonfire takes several volunteers and a few days to set up, creating a mesmerizing glow for all.
Photograph: Plymouth Bonfire Night via Visit Plymouth
No matter where you are in the UK you can enjoy Bonfire Night. Whether it’s the synchronized fireworks displays, live music, funfairs, or the warmth of communal bonfires, these events capture a long-standing tradition that brings communities together in a vibrant and unforgettable manner.
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