Remember, remember the fifth of November …
This Thursday 5th November, London will be full of firework displays!
For many people including myself, fireworks, like snow, still manage to get me really excited. So to help you unleash your inner child I have prepared a summary of the best places in London to watch the fireworks. I hope you are all getting excited by this news!
London will host around 20 firework displays across the city from Thursday 5th November through to Saturday 7th November 2015. So, where are the best places?
To help you make the most of this unique historical celebration I have scouted out the top places for you to enjoy!
For curious people, here you will find some facts about Guy Fawkes night. For the others excited to find their fireworks, just bring forward the top 8!
Why we celebrate Bonfire Night?
Bonfire Night, aka Fireworks night, aka Guy Fawkes night celebrates the anniversary of the end of the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 coordinated by mister ‘Guido Fawkes’. Guy and his gang of revolutionaries were trying to end the reign of the Protestant King James and replace him with Catholic Princess Elizabeth. Their plot failed when the King received a tip off and sent men to search the cellars under Parliament where Guy Fawkes was caught red handed with the gunpowder.
So, if you see a man (an effigy of course) burning on top of the bonfires, it is a representation of THE guy, crazy Guy Fawkes.
Bonfire night celebrations have happened every year for more than 400 years! Did you know that up until 1959, it was illegal to not celebrate Bonfire Night in Britain!? Now you understand why is such a big event.
Nowadays, it is also a way to protest against unpopular figures in British politics. It is also a way to be with friends and family, and to enjoy setting off fireworks! To get into the festive mood I advise you to try “Parkin”, a sticky gingerbread cake traditionally eaten on this night, baked with syrup and black treacle.
The main firework action takes places on Thursday but events will run into the weekend and beyond.
Ok, stop chatting, let’s find where we will celebrate this night!
8 best places (because 10 is so deja-vu ;) ) where celebrate the Bonfire Night
1. Crystal Palace Park Thursday November 5 2015
This year Crystal Palace Fireworks celebrate 150 years of filling the skies with catherine wheels, bangers and beautiful rockets. The whole family will be happy with a children's show at 7pm that includes the more colourful and less noisy explosions, while the 8.30pm show will include all the bangs it can, and will be set to music. Sadly there is no funfair this year but food stalls will feature. No alcohol is to be consumed at the event. Book in advance online.
Advance tickets: £6, £4 3-10s
£17.80 family free under-3s
On the gate: £10, £5 3-10s
£25 family, free under-3s
2. Southwark Park Fireworks Night Thursday November 5 2015,
The skies above Southwark will sparkle once again on November 5 thanks to this annual display. The event attracted a whopping 33,000 people last year meaning the 2015 edition will still be free, but ticketed to help manage the crowds. Expect fireworks to be set to music, a family funfair, hot food stalls and warming drinks to keep crowds feeling toasty. Gates open at 5pm and last entry to the park will be at 6.30pm. Register for free tickets in advance via the fireworks event page.
3. Blackheath Fireworks Saturday November 7 2015
The Blackheath Fireworks night is one of the city's few major displays that remain free to attend, so it's no wonder as many as 100,000 people turn up each year. Though Lewisham Council are happy to treat us to it, donations towards the costs of running the event are welcomed, with collections on the night should you forget to donate online. The display kicks off at 8pm, but the event also features a funfair (from midday) and food and drink stalls (from 4.30pm).
4. Harrow Fireworks Festival Saturday November 7 2015
Fireworks fill Harrow's Byron Park again in 2015 along with heaps of sparkling entertainment catering to all ages. The site opens from 1pm and boasts a world food area and fun fair. Little ones will be kept busy with face painting, sport workshops, games and sessions with a caricaturist, plus a Disney character parade from 6pm. A DJ set will also take place between 4pm-6pm. Tickets are cheaper if booked in advance and a family ticket is available online.
Advance tickets: £10 family, £6 adults, £5 concs, free children On the night: £8 adult, £6 concs, £5 children, free under-2s
5. Hackney Firework Pyromusical Saturday November 7 2015
Not your run-of-the-mill firework display, Hackney Council is hosting musical experience at Clissold Park for the second year in a row. This year's theme is superheroes – so expect costumes, superhero-themed music and food. Gates open at 6pm.
Residents: £7.50, £2.50 children Non-residents: £8.50, £3.50 children
6. Victoria Park Fireworks Night Saturday November 7 2015
Back for the first time since 2010 this Bonfire Night celebration in lovely Victoria Park offers a whizzing, banging, sparkling display set to an atmospheric soundtrack. The event is free and there'll be stalls selling mulled wine and other refreshments.
7. Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival Saturday November 7 2015
The huge – and hugely popular – display over north London also features a funfair, ice skating and German beer festival.
The Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival has now sold out for 2015 and no tickets will be available on the door.
The lofty palace returned to illuminating the skies of north London two years ago following a distressing four-year hiatus, and it's back again for 2015. As well as an impressive firework display (from 8pm) with a glittering panoramic view of London as its backdrop tickets include entrance to a family zone with funfair rides and entertainment, an adult funfair and a street food and craft beer village. Discounted tickets for the indoor ice rink can be purchased when booking, too. The Mutoid Waste street parade (think Mad Max meets Blade Runner on the back of a huge kinetic sculpture) and a roaring bonfire are the latest addition to the line up for 2015.
£9, £6.50 10-15s, free under-10s £6 adv, £4 10-15s adv, £6.50 ice skating, £15 Bier Festival, £10 adv, £35 VIP
8. Barnes Sports Clubs Big Bonfire Night Saturday November 7 2015
This traditional bonfire night celebration features a best guy competition (6.30pm) and official lighting of the bonfire (7pm), with the fireworks going off at 7.45pm, when presumably the fire will be roaring. Food, mulled wine and a licensed bar will all be on hand to tempt you, too. Tickets can be bought in advance at lower prices from the clubhouse.
£15, £5 children, £30 family
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