Bonfire Night is finally here, and whether you’re heading off for a romantic evening, treating the kids to the light show of the year, or simply heading off out for the historical Guy Fawkes factor, watching a spectacular fireworks show is an absolute must this autumn.
Of course, there’s always at-home fireworks, but they often leave a lot to be desired, so it’s worth spending a few quid and leaving it to the professionals for the 5th November festivities.
To help you find the best place to go to, we’ve rounded up the best places all around the UK to watch the sky fill with colour all over Britain.
With Bonfire Night falling on a Tuesday this year, most events are happening either this weekend, or the one after, although there are a few exceptions.
Taking place over two nights in November (1st & 2nd) the festival is London’s biggest and best bonfire night celebration with over 100,000 people expected to attend.
Against a backdrop of Ally Pally’s breath-taking panoramic views of London, fireworks will light up the skyline in a unique display, set to a soundtrack curated by former Radio 1 DJ and Bestival founder Rob da Bank.
We recommend getting there early and making the most of the firework festivities, which also include a huge German beer fest with The Killers and Elton John tribute acts, as well as ice skating and a street food village. Tickets are retailing at £12.50.
Hopetoun House is home to the biggest Firework display in Edinburgh this year, so if you fancy your fireworks with a side order of picturesque 17th century estates – and who doesn’t? – you may want to get a ticket.
Occurring in the grounds on Saturday 2 November from 4pm to 8pm, tickets are £15 for adults and £8 for children.
Edinburgh Live has more information on the rest of the city’s events here.
‘Sparks in the Park’, as it is most famously known, is the biggest Bonfire Night event not just in Cardiff but in whole of Wales.
Running for 30 years, following last year’s sell-out success, this year’s show will once again be a ticketed only event (all proceeds will be donated to charity).
Held on Saturday 2nd, events start from 4.30pm, with the junior display set for 5.45pm and the main display at 7pm.
Tickets are £11 for adults and £5.50 for children, or £27 for a family of 2 adults & 2 children.
If you’re located near Manchester, head down to Heaton Park on Tuesday the 5th to celebrate the failed gunpowder plot.
The event famously fills up fast, so get there early to ensure you have a prime spot for the festivities, with gates opening at 5pm. It’s free entry, so there’s no need to buy a ticket, but it does fill up fast, so we recommend getting there early to avoid disappointment.
Lighting up skies above both sides of the river Mersey, Liverpool and Wirral, the River of Light installations will be wowing tens of thousands of people in four specially commissioned light installations that will illuminate the Pier Head.
From Friday 1 November to Saturday 9 November, Liverpool’s waterfront will be transformed with light, colour and sound as 10 commissions from artists and organisations will be installed. River of Light 2019 will see Liverpool waterfront become the must-visit selfie-spot, as the artworks become illuminated from 5pm to 10pm daily.
Titanium Fireworks will stage two simultaneous displays in Liverpool and in New Brighton.
The Liverpool Echo has more information on the event.
Often known as one of the most beautiful cities in Britain, Bath provides the perfect idyllic backdrop to see fireworks illuminate the night sky this Saturday 2nd November, when their show will take place.
The Bath Rotary Club will be holding their annual firework display in the centre of the city – a highlight of the year for Bathonians. Gates will open at 5.30pm and tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for kids.
Edgbaston Fireworks Spectacular are hosting their usual fireworks event in the stadium, with face painters and a fun fair on Saturday 2nd November.
Gates will open at 5.30pm, with the night including an on-site Fun Fair, amazing LED light show, superhero special guests and of course, spectacular fireworks display.
Advanced tickets cost £11 for adults, under 16s £5 and family pass £26.