9 of Britain’s Best Bonfires, November 2017

1. Battel Bonfire Boyes, Battle, East Sussex: 4 November



Legend has it that Guy Fawkes sourced his gunpowder from the Battle powder mills, something the Battel Bonfire Boyes has been commemorating for over 350 years.

The evening celebrations begin with a torch-lit procession through the town at 7.30pm, featuring a wide range of local bonfire societies in fancy dress.

The bonfire is lit at 9pm and fireworks follow soon after. It’s free entry but charitable donations are encouraged.

2. Mary St. Ottery Tar Barrels and Fireworks Display, Devon: 4 November



The townspeople of Mary St. Ottery spend the evening lugging flaming barrels of tar on their backs in one of the most strange and dramatic bonfire festivals you’ll find in the UK.

It is thought the fiery barrels stem from a pagan ceremony to banish evil spirits. We’re not sure about that, but it certainly works to attract visitors!

More traditional Bonfire Night activities in Devon can be found at a huge fire on St. Saviours Meadow and a nearby fairground.

3. Penrhos Beach Fireworks, Anglesey: 5 November



Reaching the Welsh island of Anglesey in is an adventure in itself, but worth it, as the fireworks on Penrhos Beach in Holyhead offer a backdrop of sheer natural beauty.

With an enormous bonfire, music from Capital FM 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!

4. Tutbury Castle Vikings Fireworks, Staffordshire: 4 & 5 November



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, but early November sees the ‘Tutbury Vikings’ engage in combat under the moonlight, followed by a Viking ‘funeral’.

It’s an unforgettable fireworks event for the family with a fun historic twist.

5. Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival, Alexandra Palace, North London: 3 & 4 November

Ally pally


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. But ‘Ally Pally’s’ annual event isn’t all about the rockets and screamers; there’s a parade, funfair, live music, a German beer festival and loads more.

6. Fireworks at the Fort, Segedunum, North Tyneside: 2 November



One of the biggest fireworks displays in North East England at the Roman fort remains on the banks of the river Tyne in Wallsend.

The perfect place to celebrate a Bonfire Night with a difference, this iconic spot was built to guard the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall.

Entry to the museum is free from 4pm. Learn about Roman life before the big bangs begin at 6.30pm.

7. Fireworks Night, Aberdeen: 5 November



Wrap up warm for one of Scotland’s best-loved Bonfire Night events.

The evening begins with a fire walk, where several brave souls walk across hot coals to raise money for charity.

The heat continues with fire juggling before an energetic 20 minute fireworks performance with live music. Stand on the Beach Boulevard and along the Beach Esplanade for the best views.

8. Blackheath Fireworks Display, Greenwich, London: Saturday 4 November

Photo by Lewisham Council


One of the biggest free Bonfire Night celebrations in the capital, each year around 100,000 people visit the leafy suburb to watch a spectacular firework display and enjoy a great day out.

This is a free event with the display starting around 8pm. With a funfair from 12 noon bar, food stalls and bars from 5pm, there’s plenty to keep you going until the big bangs begin.

9. Lewes Bonfire Night, Sussex: Saturday 4 November

Lewes Bonfire night


No less than 7 bonfire societies combine and compete to put on firework displays for upwards of 30,000 spectators.

There really is a carnival atmosphere with thousands of lit-up torches adding spectacle to a series of processions leading up to the firework display.

Known locally as ‘The Fifth’, this electric and colourful evening is rich in tradition and big in spectacle! Find ticket info and timings on the event website.

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