Bonfire Night 2014: the 10 Best Firework Displays in the UK

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Bonfire Night 2014: set to go off with a bang

1. Battel Bonfire Boyes, Battle, East Sussex: Saturday 1st November. Procession at 6.30pm, fireworks at 9.30pm.

Legend has it that Guy Fawkes sourced his gunpowder from the Battel powder mills and the Battel Bonfire Boyes has been commemorating this for over 350 years. As one of the world’s oldest membership societies, their annual celebrations begin with a torch-lit procession through the town featuring a wide range of local bonfire societies in fancy dress. This parade of noise and colour is followed by an amazing fireworks display and traditional bonfire that are not to be missed.

2. Mary St. Ottery Tar Barrels and Fireworks Display, Devon: Wednesday 5th November from 4pm.

In an annual ritual that goes back hundreds of years, the townspeople of Mary St. Ottery spend the evening lugging flaming barrels of tar on their backs in one of the most dramatic bonfire festivals you’ll find in the UK. It is thought the fiery barrels stems from a pagan ceremony that cleanses the town of evil spirits. You’ll also see one of the biggest bonfires in the South West on millennium green, and a spectacular fireworks display to end the evening.

3. Penrhos Beach Fireworks, Anglesey: Wednesday 5th November at 7pm.

The entire Welsh island of Anglesey in is an adventure in itself, so the fireworks you’ll see on Penrhos Beach in Holyhead are against a backdrop of sheer beauty. There’s something quite unique about watching thousands of pounds worth of cutting edge fireworks being launched from a beautiful beach setting. With an enormous bonfire, plus stalls and rides for the kids, it’s a great family event. Plus all proceeds go to local good causes. Just remember to wrap up warm as it gets quite chilly by the sea.

4. Tutbury Castle Vikings Fireworks, Staffordshire: Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd and Wednesday 5th November. Start times vary.

Tutbury Castle’s unique annual fireworks display is preceded by an amazingly dramatic Viking show in one of the UK’s most animated Bonfire Night celebrations. The castle traditionally hosts historical re-enactments, archaeological tours and ghost hunts. Early November sees the ‘Tutbury Vikings’ engage in combat under the moonlight, followed by a Viking ‘funeral’. It’s a fabulous fireworks event for all the family with a fun historic twist.

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The UK’s biggest firework, Ghostbusters and THIS!

5. Kaboom Firework Party, Castle Howard, York: Saturday 1st November from 5.30pm.

The spectacular finale to the Illuminating York Festival is held in the prestigious setting of Castle Howard. The Kaboom Firework Party will see the launch of the biggest firework allowed in the UK, which can be seen up to 7 miles away in the right conditions! Aside from the fireworks spectacular, the entertainment programme includes carnival performers, fairground rides and local DJs, plus a showing of the Ghostbusters movie on the big screen to provide a unique Halloween twist.

6. Peterborough Firework Fiesta, Peterborough Arena: Saturday 1st November from 5pm.

Guaranteeing pyrotechnic prowess and entertainment for a fun-filled family Bonfire Night, the Peterborough Fireworks Fiesta is one of the only displays in the UK with a covered grandstand that seats up to 2,000 people. A crackling bonfire, Guy parade and huge funfair provide the warm up to a spectacular fireworks display organised by leading fireworks supplier Titanium. Chirpy local radio presenters introduce several live bands throughout the night too.

7. Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival, Alexandra Palace, North London: Saturday 1st November from 3pm.

Alexandra Park is situated high above North London, promising a sparkling panoramic view of the city. Billed as ‘the coolest fireworks display in London‘ the pyrotechnics are pretty spectacular too. Ally Pally’s annual event isn’t all about the rockets and screamers though, It’s an event that offers a funfair, free face painting, street food vendors and craft beer from local brewers. Plus live music that guarantees a party atmosphere for family and friends.

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Bristol Zoo: fun and fireworks for all ages

8. Bristol Zoo’s Bangless Bonfire Night, Bristol: Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th November from 5pm.

Catering for little ones who shy away from loud explosions, Bristol Zoo’s family friendly fireworks display is now in its seventh year. The display of enchanting ‘low-noise’ fireworks sees bangers and screamers exchanged for sparkling fountains and crackling comets, keeping little ears happy and giving the zoo’s animal residents a chance to enjoy the show too. Add in some fire dancers, a giant bonfire and seasonal food and drinks and it’s a great evening of family entertainment.

9. Fireworks at the Fort, Segedunum, North Tyneside: Wednesday 5th November from 4pm.

One of the biggest fireworks displays in North East England is at Segedunum, the remains of a Roman fort on the banks of the river Tyne in Wallsend. Offering the perfect way for families to celebrate Bonfire Night with a difference, this iconic spot provides a stunning backdrop to what is always a dazzling fireworks display. Admission to the museum at the site is free from 4pm, where you can learn about the Roman way of life along Hadrian’s Wall before going outside for the flashes and bangs.

10. Winter Festival Fireworks Night, Aberdeen: Wednesday 5th November from 6.30pm.

Wrap up warm for one of Scotland’s best-loved Bonfire Night events. Aberdeen’s Fireworks Night is the official launch party for the city’s winter festival, taking place on the beach, with the city skyline becoming a multi-coloured spectacle. The evening begins with a firewalk, where several brave souls walk across hot coals to raise money for local charity Inspire Aberdeen. The heat theme continues with fire juggling and a fire and light display, before an energetic 20 minute fireworks display set to music. Stand on the Beach Boulevard and along the Beach Esplanade for the best views.

Cottage of the Week – De Vere House, Lavenham, Suffolk

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De Vere House: a property fit for a king (or a wizard)

Even without its illustrious history (a Grade I listed property that historians believe King Henry VII visited in 1498) it’s easy to see why we’re highlighting the fantastic De Vere House as our new Cottage of the Week. Guests can sleep in four-poster beds, relax by an open fire under exposed beams and enjoy a property that boasts modern day comfort comfort alongside wonderfully refined period features. It’s perhaps not surprising that previous guests have described the experience as ‘enchanting’.

So as Halloween approaches we thought we should choose a suitably impressive property to showcase, and though De Vere House would be worthy even without its historic ties, the main reason we’re highlighting it this week is for its connections to the Harry Potter series.

De Vere House appeared in the first part of the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, not just Harry’s birthplace and childhood home, but as the entire street of Godric’s Hollow. Various shots of the property were used to assemble the village for a return visit by Harry and Hermione. In fact so iconic has the property become since its screen debut that it now boasts the second most photographed doorway in the UK!

 

If you fancy going one step further and staying at the birthplace of the boy wizard then you can find more info, availability and pricing on the property listing on our website.

 

Images of Autumn – the finalists

We’ve received some fantastic images of autumn from all over the UK. We’ve seen fireworks, auburn leaves, golden sunshine, gorgeous windswept views, competitive conker matches and much more! So many, in fact, that trying to whittle the entries down has been an incredibly difficult – though very rewarding – task.

We’re going to announce the winner tomorrow, but in the meantime here are the 12 fantastic ‘Images of Autumn’ finalists…

 

 

Cottage of the Week – Whitecroft Farmhouse, Isle of Wight

Looking for rustic charm, relaxation and a lovely location from which to explore the Isle of Wight Area of  Outstanding Natural Beauty? Look no further than our new featured property. Whitecroft Farmhouse is a beautiful 17th-century detached red brick farmhouse with a host of traditional trappings and a wealth of contemporary comfort. It sleeps 11 and 2 pets, has Xmas availability and a customer Reevoo rating of 9.4/10. Find more info and make a booking on our website.

9 Holiday Hideaways for Halloween

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It’s that time of year again, when the nights draw in, the mercury drops and no matter how much you wrap up, you can still feel an ominous chill tingling up your spine.  We are of course talking about “All Hallows’ Eve” – a chance to dress up, scare yourself silly and celebrate the myths and monsters that have become mainstays of the season.  And with this season very much in mind, we’ve decided to put together a selection of Halloween-themed holiday properties.

Despite being associated to some of the season’s spooky traits, the selection below are bound to delight more than they terrify with some lovely accommodation in very unique locations.  So even if your break fails to scare away your wits, you will still have a few tales to tell; they will just be about about amazing views, heavenly hot spots and friendly locals! Click the pictures below to find more info on cottages4you.

1. Peelers Lodge: W43197, Pluckley, Kent – Visit the ‘most haunted village in Britain’ 

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Pluckley’s ghostly residents are alleged to include a highwayman who haunts Fright Corner (we’re sure that part doesn’t attract too many visitors), a screaming man and the ghost of an old lady who sits on a bench drinking gin and smoking pipe.  In contrast to the village’s rumoured spooks, this property is a detached, relaxing, lodge-style holiday home situated in the owner’s grounds, facing across fields and close to the North Downs with an outdoor pool, lovely garden and stylish interior.  Previous guests have rated it very highly on Reevoo, praising the location, owners, décor and facilities at the property.

2. Kings Stables: SHHI – Explore ‘Europe’s most haunted city’  

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Edinburgh is believed to be Europe’s most haunted city with the castle in particular said to be one of its most haunted locations. King’s Stable seems to relish in this fact, boasting a suitably dramatic Gothic interior and a setting at the foot of the castle. This hasn’t deterred visitors, with guests praising its unique and convenient location just yards from the city centre. It currently has a Reevoo rating of just over 8 out of 10 for its ‘magical setting’ and more.

3. Bridge House: MVA – Chill by Britain’s ‘most haunted castle’

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Steeped in history, Chillingham Castle played a large part in Northumberland’s bloody border feuds. Today its dramatic past is explored through ghost tours of its more unsavoury corners (torture chambers) and the occasional film and TV appearance.  Set in the Castle’s grounds, Bridge House offers a convenient location for exploring Chillingham’s colourful history and surrounding attractions (nearby Alnwick was the filming location for some of the Harry Potter films), along with the opportunity to enjoy a stay at a property described as “spotless and beautifully presented” by former guests.

4. Pendle View: 28606 – Trace the history of the witch trials

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Isolated and with a peak nearly 2,000 feet above sea level, Pendle Hill provides the perfect opportunity for intrepid visitors to Lancashire to get away from it all and enjoy an undeniable highlight in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The area is also infamous for its part in the Pendle witch trials in the 17th century, in which 10 local residents were tried for witchcraft in nearby Lancaster Castle. Pendle View provides the perfect opportunity to explore both the natural beauty and historic legacy of this lovely corner of the UK – or just relax and enjoy it in any way you see fit. Either way, amazing views at Pendle View are assured, as guest feedback will attest.

5. Cobweb Cottage, Whitby: 27828 – Visit a vampire’s holiday haunt 

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Whitby’s appearance in Bram Stoker’s Dracula has ensured that the seaside town is a popular destination for those looking to celebrate the trappings of Halloween at any time of the year.  So a break at the aptly named Cobweb Cottage is just the ticket for those looking to enjoy the autumnal entertainment of the Film Festival and the Goth Weekend – while those seeking the summer fun of the Regatta and Whitby’s many music festivals will be equally charmed by Cobweb Cottage, perhaps even venturing up to explore the ominous cliff-top Abbey!

6. Woodside Cottage: S4105 – Become neighbours with Nessie

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Your enjoyment of Halloween at Woodside Cottage may depend on how much stock you put in the belief that the waters of Loch Ness contain a giant prehistoric beastie! But whether you believe the legend of Nessie or not, what cannot be denied is that the region is a true delight, with glorious views and a wealth of wonderful heritage to soak up.  Woodside Cottage isn’t short of charm either.  This charming and romantic getaway for two is praised by guests for its lovely quiet location, gorgeous views over the Loch and more.

7. Wagtails nr. Bishop’s Castle: QQQ – Wake with the wolves

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There are few sounds that signify Halloween quite as much as the distant call of a wolf.  And while the opportunity to get up close and appreciate the grand majesty of wild wolves in the UK is all but non-existent, Wagtails in Shropshire is located within the Conservation Centre for Wolf Watch UK.  So not only could you hear their call – you can watch them from the window! Please don’t be put off though, the wolves are located in an enclosure and have been praised by guests for being ‘excellent neighbours’.

8. The Towers, Conwy: OTR – Enjoy a grand Gothic mansion

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Watching scary movies is another Halloween hallmark that we never seem to tire of – especially when the location is as grand and unique as The Towers.  This substantial harbour master’s mansion boasts a suitably grand gothic style and a home cinema that is bound to delight holidaymakers, whatever the choice of entertainment.  Other attractions at the property include a beach room, library and games room, a lawned garden with an attractive ornamental pond (featuring a Japanese three-tier fountain) and a 9-hole putting green.

9. Puzzlewood Cottage: E5286 – Take a walk in the wildest of woods

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While Halloween is a celebration of a wide array of myths, legends and superstitions, our next location is a very real and entirely spooky destination.  Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean is a stunning collection of woodland paths, strange caves and odd rock formations.  Previous visitors have included JRR Tolkien and JK Rowling so its influence is not to be underestimated!  Guests at Puzzlewood Cottage have free access to the area’s many attractions, including a willow maze, large trim trail play area and an indoor maze.