In Britain, November means big bangs, fizzing fireworks and blazing bonfires. So wrap up warm and join us on a fiery journey around Britain’s best Bonfire Nights and firework displays.
Lord Mayor’s Fireworks, London, England
This free display on 10 November marks the end of the Lord Mayor’s Show. It includes more than half a tonne of giant fireworks, some of which shoot over 600ft into the sky before exploding. The display takes a team of eight pyrotechnicians two days to set up. It’s one of London’s most spectacular annual displays and you’ll be able to see the fireworks for miles. For the best views head down to Victoria Embankment.
To find out more about the Lord Mayor’s Fireworks visit the Lord Mayor’s Show Website
Legoland Windsor, England
Famed for their spectacular annual fireworks, LEGOLAND’s 2012 display has a spooky theme featuring the evil lord Vampyre and his army, who are trying to escape with the moonstones. This hugely popular event runs over six nights, including 4 November, and incorporates a range of fun-packed activities for kids, including trails and character hunts. Entry is included in the price of your LEGOLAND ticket, and kids will love the 55 rides and attractions that this family theme park has to offer.
To find out more and to book a LEGOLAND break, check the LEGOLAND holidays website
Glasgow Green Fireworks, Glasgow, Scotland
Get down to Glasgow Green to see Scotland’s largest organised fireworks display on 5 November. This 30-minute long free event is set to music with live bands, a funfair and some very impressive lasers.
Find out more at the See Glasgow website
Ottery St Mary, Devon, England
Stand well back as the townspeople of Ottery St Mary lug flaming barrels through the streets on 5 November. The origins of this annual ritual have been lost but it’s one the locals are fiercely proud of. A 30ft bonfire, fireworks and a fairground add to the fun.
For more information visit Ottery St Mary website.
Sparks in the Park, Cardiff, Wales
On Saturday 3 November, Cardiff’s Cooper’s Field will be host to one of the largest firework events in the UK, known as Sparks in the Park. Enjoy a spectacular display of pyrotechnics alongside a colossal bonfire, music, funfair rides, food stalls and many other family attractions.
To find out more visit Sparks in the Park
Penrhos Beach, Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales
Head to the island of Anglesey in Wales on 5 November for Bonfire Night on the beach. Watch in wonder as rockets explode over Holyhead Bay and fireworks cascade over the sand. There’s also a fair, local music and seaside rides for the kids.
Find out more about the Penrhos Beach fireworks
Lewes, Sussex, England
The cobbled streets here are filled with a raucous parade, in a firework celebration unmatched across England. Drum beats sound and flaming torches light the way, while various societies dress up, competing. Later on, it’s time to climb up to a bonfire site on the hills for a great view of the fireworks.
Find out more on the Lewes Bonfire Celebrations website.
Roundhay Park, Leeds, England
The biggest display in the Leeds area promises to be an absolute cracker. Join the crowd for live music, thundering fireworks and a gigantic bonfire. This free event takes place on 5 November.
Find out more on the Roundhay Park website
Tutbury Castle, Staffordshire, England
Tutbury Castle’s annual display promises to be bigger and better than ever with three nights given over to an enormous display. Get there early on the 2, 3 or 4 November to see a dramatic battle between Vikings followed by huge fireworks.
For more details visit the Tutbury Castle Website
Bangless Bonfire Night, Bristol Zoo, England
If you have young children, why not try Bristol Zoo’s bangless bonfire nights on 2 and 3 November? Watch dazzling fireworks twinkle and shine in the night sky without the noise that might frighten your little ones and the zoo’s animals.
To find out more about the Bangless Bonfire Night, visit the Bristol Zoo website