Where to go: Bonfire Night 2017
Created on Friday, November 3rd, 2017
by Kathryn Shaw
It’s an English tradition that dates back to the Gunpowder Plot; fireworks, bonfires, burning effigies and sparklers.
There’s no substitute for an official fireworks display, so here’s a list that we’ve compiled of all events taking place in our operating areas.
The 3aaa County Ground will be home to a huge fireworks display in Derby this year, with Capital Breakfast radio stalwarts Dino, Pete and Tyles hosting the event. It continues to be the city centre’s alternative to the cancelled Markeaton Park event and prices range from FREE for under-3’s to £15 for a family ticket. You can see more details and all prices on the website.
There are tons of other events on across Derbyshire. Here is a quick list, just click on each for more information:
- Tutbury Castle Vikings and Firework Spectacular
- Fireworks at Conkers, Swadlincote
- Fireworks Night at the Midland Railway, Ripley
- Bonfire Without The Bang: Sudbury Hall (perfect for children)
- West Park bonfire and fireworks display, Long Eaton
- Alton Towers Ultimate Fireworks Spectacular
- Catton Hall Fireworks
- Spondon Cricket Club fireworks display
Abbey Park Bonfire and Fireworks Display is Leicestershire’s biggest official Bonfire Night celebration, with a quiet show for children at 6.45pm followed by the main event at 8pm. You can read more about it on the Visit Leicester website.
Quorn and Woodhouse station in Loughborough is the place to be if you love fireworks and trains, since it has both on Friday 3rd November.
Another popular display in Leicestershire is the Fireworks and Bonfire Spectacular at Mallory Park. This year’s display will be set to a disco soundtrack and should be a lot of fun.
Twinlakes Park will light up on Saturday 4th November, with a Rock ‘n’ Roll fireworks display hosted by Smooth Radio.
And on the same evening, Rainbows Hospice are holding their ‘Pennies for the Guy’ bonfire night at Leicester Racecourse. There’ll be a funfair, stalls, food and drink – and best of all, every penny of profit made at the event goes to the charity, to fund their work with young people and children suffering with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
The biggest display in Lincolnshire this year looks set to be the Fireworks at the Showground event, hosted by Lincs FM. The setting is a wonderful funfair, with rides, games, entertainment, food and, most importantly, a bar selling Baileys hot chocolate.
Elsewhere, Lincolnshire’s famous Skegness Stadium will be hosting a fireworks display and caravan destruction derby! A more unusual take on the traditional bonfire event, this should be a lot of fun. You can read more about it here.
Barton upon Humber Lions Club are hosting the Barton Lions Bonfire and Fireworks Night in Top Park on Brigg Road. Entry is cheap at £3 for adults and free for accompanied children, with all profits going to local charitable causes.
And if you’re looking for similar, not-for-profit events, Lincs FM have put together this comprehensive list.
Milton Keynes (and Buckinghamshire)
Although we don’t have any properties in the wider Buckinghamshire area, we do have schemes in Milton Keynes and so we’ve got a list of firework events throughout the county.
Organised by Buckingham Town Council, there’ll be a free bonfire and fireworks display in Bourton Park on Saturday 4th November.
And on November 5th at 6pm, there’ll be a fireworks display, with free admission, at Western Road Recreation Ground in Wolverton.
Keith Emmett & Sons will be holding its annual Milton Keynes Fireworks and Funfair on Campbell Park. Although the funfair is already up and running, the main event will be the firework display which takes place on Bonfire Night at around 8pm.
With a licensed bar, refreshments stalls and a children’s funfair, Olney Fireworks Display is being held on the Recreation Ground off East Street on Sunday 5th November.
Restore Hope Charity work alongside children, families and young people who are facing challenging situations, whatever that might be. On Saturday 4th November the organisation will be holding its charity Fireworks Night celebration, with hot food and refreshment included in the ticket prices which can be found here.
Beaconsfield Round Table will be holding Beaconsfield Fireworks on November 4th and all profits are donated to charity. A fireworks display for children kicks off at 6pm and features music from hit movies such as Star Wars, Disney’s Frozen and Harry Potter, before the main display starts at 7.30pm.
Northampton Borough Council is holding an official fireworks display on Saturday 4th November. With an early start, funfair rides and food stalls are open from 2pm, and Heart FM start the entertainment from 5pm onwards. Entry is completely FREE.
An unusual twist on the bonfire night tradition, there’ll be a Superheroes Vs Villains Fireworks Night at Duston Mill. As well as all the usual bonfire, funfair and fireworks fun, visitors can dress as their favourite superhero or villain.
Corby Borough Council are holding a procession, bonfire lighting and fireworks display at Corby Boating Lake on Friday 3rd November, while Daventry Town Council will be holding theirs on Saturday 4th November at The Parker E-ACT Academy on Ashby Road.
Another one for the railway enthusiasts is the Annual Hollowell Steam and Heavy Horse Bonfire Party on Saturday 4th November.
And there’ll be a BBQ, hog roast and fireworks display at the Wellingborough R.F.C on Cut Throat Lane in Great Doddington.
The fireworks display at the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham is totally free and features what is being billed as “the biggest bonfire in the East Midlands”. Read more about it here.
Bonfire night at Stonebridge City Farm is entry by donation and there will be firespinners performing, plus a drumming workshop.
My Sight Nottinghamshire is holding its annual fireworks event with live music from local artists, entertainment from fire performers, the Charity Firewalk and a huge firework display, as well as plenty of food and drink, all set in the grounds of beautiful Nottingham Castle.
The Scouts are doing their part too: there are displays at Pepperpots Scout Ground on Arnold Lane in Gedling, 4th Carlton Scouts on Standhill Road in Carlton and 2nd Kimberley Scouts Group on Eastwood Road in Kimberley.
After Dark at Don Valley Bowl, near Sheffield Arena, looks set to be one of the weekend’s biggest firework display events in the city. There were around 20,000 spectators at the event last year!
It kicks off on Friday 3rd November at 5.30pm, with Hallam FM and Big John Live providing the entertainment.
Here’s a list of other events taking place this weekend in the area, just click on each for more information:
- Bonfire and Fireworks Display at the Old Rectory, Handsworth
- Meadowhead Gigantic Bonfire, Sheffield Transport Sports Club
- Illuminate The Gardens at Sheffield Botanical Gardens
- Grenoside Scouts and Guides Bonfire and Fireworks 2017
- Hesley Wood Bonfire and Fireworks Display
Warwick Racecourse is hosting the Warwick Town Bonfire and Fireworks event on Saturday 4th November this year. The gates open at 5pm and there’s a small display for the kids before the main event takes place at around 6.40pm. All proceeds from the night go to local charities.
On 4th November you could head over to the 66th annual Firework Spectacular at Whinfield Park, Rugby. The event is organised by Rugby Round Table and all profits from tickets sales are donated to local charities or causes.
And Kenilworth Castle is holding its Annual Bonfire and Fireworks Gala on November 4th, with all funds from the night going straight back into the community. As well as entertainment, there will be food and drinks available from several stalls.
Have fun and be safe
Remember: fireworks are dangerous and we would always recommend attending an official display, rather than holding your own. Have a great (and safe!) Bonfire Night everyone.