It’s that time of year again, the time of numb fingers, woolly scarves and burning Guy Fawkes dolls. Bonfire night. And as the old rhyme goes: “Remember, remember, the 5th of November. The Gunpowder Treason and plot”, people from all over the UK will be remembering, by coming together to watch the night’s sky light up with beautiful fireworks. To help you pick the best out of a long list of displays, we’ve chosen our favourite five, from the palaces of London to the castles of Kent, you’re sure to find the right one for you and your family.
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival, London
Alexandra Palace will be holding its annual firework display on Saturday 1st November, where you’ll also get to enjoy a fantastic range of things to do and see. From amazing street food vans to a craft beer village (for those of you not driving), as well as fun fairs, rollercoasters and face painting for your kids – the atmosphere prior to the display is great.
The fireworks will begin at 7:30pm, where the entire sky surrounding the palace will be lit up with a rainbow of glitter and light.
Family Firework Spectacular, Brighton
The Brighton Family Firework Spectacular will be taking place over the road from the city’s Greyhound Stadium, on the 8th November. The gates will open at 5pm, and guests will be treated to a breathtaking fire show by circus school Poi Passion, as well as the usual fun fair treats of freshly fried sugar donuts and mouth-watering hot dogs.
At 7pm, the real fun begins, with 25-minutes of choreographed rockets, shooting stars and other dazzling fireworks, all to a fantastic musical soundtrack.
Kaboom Firework Display, York
York’s Kaboom Firework Display at Castle Howard is a popular tradition, with many locals counting down the days until the party begins on the 1st November. Fire eaters, fire jugglers and neon jugglers will be entertaining the crowds, and sharing the limelight with the Minster FM, who’ll be providing the soundtrack to your evening.
Once the fireworks have all been set off, you and your kids will be treated to an outdoor screening of Ghost Busters, as well as a range of creepily fun activities, such as pumpkin carving and spooky storytelling in the woods.
Fireworks Spectacular 2014, Birmingham
Birmingham’s Fireworks Spectacular will be taking place in the city’s Pype Hayes Park, on 5th November. Musical concerts and entertainment will be provided by Free Radio, and a fun fair will be located in the park, so you and your kids will have the chance to while away the evening on the usual teacup rides and rollercoasters.
There will be food available in the park, such as burgers and chips, but if you fancy a heartier meal, then be sure to make your way over to the city centre, where you’ll have plenty of great local restaurants to choose from.
Leeds Castle Fireworks ‘Go Wild’, Kent
This year’s Leeds Castle Fireworks theme is ‘Go Wild’, where the music and performances of the night, supported by Heart FM, will be inspired by the amazing animals of the world – feel free to go dressed up, too! On top of the comedy, music and entertainment, there will also be a falconry display in the castle’s gardens, something that is bound to get your kids excited about wildlife!
Hot food and drinks will be served throughout the night, which will come to a climax during the 30-minute fireworks display, where flashes of rainbow-coloured light will burst into the sky.
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