Amazing Firework Displays to Watch with the Kids on Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the fifth of November … do you know why this date is celebrated in the UK?  It all dates back to the early 1600s when a man called Guy Fawkes and a gang tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Now known as the Gunpower Plot, the foiled attempt on the King’s life was celebrated each year with bonfires.  Kids may build a symbolic “Guy”, usually made from old clothes stuffed with newspaper, to burn on the fire.  Fireworks later became part of the festivities, symbolising the gunpowder that was hidden below Parliament.

Where Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, falls on a weekday, there are often celebrations over the nearest weekend too.  This keeps the fun going for longer!

If you are looking for a great Bonfire Night display to attend whilst in the UK, here are some recommendations:

Battersea Park Fireworks, London

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With a royal theme, “A Royal Night Out”, Battersea Park will also celebrate Queen Elizabeth II becoming the UK’s longest-reigning monarch.  There will be beautiful fireworks and a tasty array of seasonal food.  Other activities will keep the whole family happy, and adults can enjoy a warming glass of mulled wine.  Tickets are needed.

Bishop’s Park Fireworks, London

Another great London event, Bishop’s Park Fireworks will offer fun for old and young alike.  Smaller fireworks for the kids will precede the main event – great for little ones who are afraid of the big bangs and loud pops.  The main display will be a wonderfully colourful and bright affair.  Visitors can also enjoy the fair and a variety of food carts.  Tickets must be bought in advance.

Richmond Family Fireworks, London

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Fabulous fireworks set to lively music make this one of the most exciting displays in the area.  A large event, visitors can also enjoy a funfair, street food stalls, and a child-friendly funfair.  Adults can warm up close to the bonfire with a cup of spicy mulled wine.  Make sure you arrange your tickets beforehand.

Tide of Light Children’s Parade and Firework Festival, Brighton

Held in Worthing, this magical event is hugely popular with kids.  During the day, kids can attend a free lantern-making session, later joining in with a cool children’s lantern parade.  The parade will be accompanied by live music and fabulous entertainers as it winds its way through the wintery wonderland of Steyne Gardens.  The event is rounded off by a large firework display on the pier.  It is free to attend.

Sparks in the Parks, Liverpool

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A northern favourite, Sefton Park and Newsham Park will both host large, fun, and free family-friendly events.  With a military theme, 2015’s celebrations will honour the armed forces.  The fireworks will be spectacularly accompanied by military music – the perfect mix between the bangs of the gunpowder and the booms of the drums!

Blue Flames Firework Display, Tyne and Wear

Being held near the fantastic Roman ruins of Segedunum, close to one end of the mighty Hadrian’s Wall, the environment and surroundings really add to this show’s appeal.  One of the biggest displays in the North East of England, visitors can expect brilliant fireworks and a fun variety of other activities.  Free to enjoy, you will also benefit from free admission to the museum – a great way to combine history, culture, and a beautiful show!

War of the Worlds Fireworks, Staffordshire

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A popular theme park throughout the year, visitors can combine a fun day enjoying the rides and shows at Drayton Manor before staying on after hours for a fabulous firework display. Your kids are sure to be captivated by the music and vibrant fireworks that light up the sky and reflect off the lake. You can buy tickets online in advance.  

Fireworks at Llandudno Pier, Llandudno

A North Wales favourite, take s troll along the promenade, enjoy the varied activities and stalls as you soak up the seaside views, and get ready to enjoy a thrilling and free firework display.

Sparks in the Park, Cardiff

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With a roaring bonfire, lots of fireworks, tasty food, live entertainment, a funfair, and plenty more family-friendly games and activities, Sparks at the Park is sure to provide a memorable evening.  In Cooper’s Park, tickets are needed to attend.

Glasgow Green Fireworks, Glasgow

A terrific free event in the lively Scottish city of Glasgow, many families will head to Glasgow Green to admire the brilliant displays.  Entertainment will be provided by local radio personalities and kids can squeal with joy on the fairground rides.  There will be lots of tempting food stalls too if you all feel a bit peckish.

Head to any of the amazing family-friendly organised events around the UK for a great time with the kids.

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