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TOP UK FIREWORKS NIGHT DESTINATIONS

26.10.15

Remember remember the fifth of November.. A nationally acknowledged date in the diary, Guy Fawkes night, or Fireworks Night has long since been a November tradition in the UK. Wherever you are in the country, get your sparklers at the ready, as there’s sure to be a display happening over the next couple of weekends, and we’ve compiled our favourite spots to inspire your plans for the occasion.

ALEXANDRA PALACE, North London

Arguably one of London’s most famous firework displays, Alexandra Palace is a full afternoon and evening event. The doors open at 3pm, which may seem early considering the fireworks aren’t scheduled until 8pm, but rest assured, you won’t be short of things to keep you entertained. Add on a ticket for the indoor German beer festival to really make a day of it – you’ll get a taste of Oktoberfest thanks to the choice of music, food and staff costume on offer. If day drinking isn’t really your thing, or if you’re having a family day out, there are funfair rides and entertainment as well as discounted tickets for the Palace’s famous indoor ice-skating rink. Our top tip? Be sure to secure a good viewing point on the hill earlier than expected to beat the crowds and enjoy what’s sure to be a beautiful display.

7th November, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

Tickets are £9 for adults and £6.50 for children

 

BATTERSEA, South London

Favoured by many for its family friendly fireworks display, Battersea Park is sure to be a hub of locals and tourists alike come bonfire weekend. This year’s theme is ‘A Royal Night Out’ and ticket holders can expect a carefully choreographed display to music. A bar and food stalls will also be placed in situ so arrive early to enjoy the seasonal mulled wine and street food pop-ups before the show begins at 8pm. Advance purchases are, of course, cheaper and advised as this event has a tendency to sell out.

7th November, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ

Tickets are £8 up to 6th November, £10 on 7 November, and free for the under 10s with ticket

 

ASCOT RACECOURSE, Berkshire

On Saturday 31st of October, Ascot Racecourse will play host to the Gold Cup chase race, a family designated day that continues into the evening to celebrate bonfire night. Complete with free fairground rides until 4pm (and £1 a ride thereafter) as well as a Halloween Parade, it’s a fun-filled way to make a day of it for adults and children alike. Tickets for the evening can be purchased separately, costing £6 and entitling you view one of the region’s largest displays from the comfort of the Grandstand. The food stalls, bars and rides stay open into the evening and all proceeds go to local charities.

31st October, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7JX

Grandstand tickets for the day are £21 and the fireworks only are £6, children under 18 go free  

BRISTOL ZOO, Bristol

One for the children, the Family Friendly Fireworks at Bristol Zoo are designed with a special low-noise display to suit the audience. Welcoming back their compere from previous years, it’s a night of entertainment for the children that’s sure to get them in the spirit of things. Sing-a-long music accompanies the display and warming food and drink will be available throughout the evening. 5th, 6th and 7th November, Bristol Zoological Society Ltd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for chilren, under 2's go free

TRAFFORD CENTRE, Manchester

The Trafford Centre in Manchester is hosting its fireworks display a week earlier than most venues, with its annual spectacular set to light up the sky above Barton Square on Sunday 1st November. Perfect if you want to get into the spirit of things early – there’s still time to fit in another display the following week. Whether you’re there to conclude a long day of shopping or turning up especially for the event, secure a spot from 6.30pm and expect to see an impressive pyrotechnics and fireworks display designed to a modern soundtrack.

1st November, Barton Square, Barton Dock Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 7TB

Free entry  

PYPE HAYES PARK, Birmingham

Birmingham’s annual fireworks display in Pype Hayes Park is scheduled to take place on the 5th November this year – bonfire night itself. Gates open at 5pm where ticket holders will be welcomed with live music and dance performances as well as a fairground to enjoy until the show commences at 8pm. 5th November, 995 Chester Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B24 0HG Free entry

LEEDS CASTLE, Kent

Timed to music from some of the nation’s favourite films and accompanied by projected stills on the side of the castle, the Fireworks Spectacular at Leeds Castle in Kent is set to be a show to remember. One of the more expensive displays in our line-up, it’s well worth the extra money, as the doors open at 2pm and there’s a schedule of entertainment to enjoy, including live music, comedy and a live falcon display. A range of food and drinks stalls will keep you refreshed throughout the afternoon and classic fairground rides add to the fun. The last admission is at 5pm in prep for the start of the main event at 5.30pm.

7th and 8th November, Leeds Castle Maidstone Kent ME17 1PL

Tickets are £19 for adults, £12.50 for children (4-15yrs) and free for children under 4