As we head in to November many of us are looking forward to visiting a bonfire and fireworks display. Bonfire toffee, toffee apples, pie and peas…you name it!
If you are looking for bonfire inspiration then this blog is for you, along with where to stay for the weekend too!
With so many beautiful places to visit in the UK, autumn is a great time to enjoy the weather before it gets too cold, and spend some time outside. Nothings quite beats wrapping up warm with a hot drink and watching the magical fireworks displays in the night sky. This might be your last weekend away in your leisure vehicle or tent, so make the most of it.
What is Guy Fawkes Night? What is Bonfire Night?
Bonfire Night originates from the time Guy Fawkes attempted and failed to blow up the House of Parliament in 1605, with gunpowder. The gunpowder plot was part of an on going feud between the Catholics and Protestants. Nowadays we commemorate Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes Night, with fireworks. Quite often a “guy” will be placed on the bonfire to represent Guy Fawkes.
Bonfire Night is traditionally on 5th November each year, although depending on the day of the week some organised events are held over the weekend.
Bonfire Night 2021 is Friday 5th November, and most events will happen between Friday 5th and Sunday 7th November.
Top tips to enjoy Bonfire Night
- Wrap up warm! It’s November, make sure you have gloves.
- Book your tickets in advance. Many Bonfire Night events are ticketed and won’t be allowing you to buy tickets on the door.
- Take cash. Many stalls at fireworks displays in the UK won’t take cards.
- Check what you can bring. Some events won’t allow you to bring sparklers or alcohol.
Where are the best fireworks displays in the UK?
1. Alexandra Palace, London: Ally Pally's Fireworks Festival
When: Saturday 6th November, 16:00-22:45
Where: Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY
Spend the morning getting brunch in London or walking around the markets before you head to Alexandra Palace for Bonfire Night 2021. Ally Pally’s Fireworks Festival is said to be one of the best fireworks displays in the UK. With absolutely stunning panoramic views over London, it’s recommended as one of the best fireworks displays.
It’s not just a fireworks display, there’s much more fun to be had for Bonfire Night at Alexandra Palace. Expect a Light Show, dancing, a huge bonfire, an Ice Disco, a funfair, and fire jugglers. There is the German Bier Fest where you can enjoy a drink and listen to tribute bands.
You can pitch up at Crystal Palace Caravan and Motorhome Club Site and make a weekend of exploring London.
2. Lewes Bonfire Celebrations, Sussex
When: Friday 5th November, 16:00-23:30
Where: Lewes, Sussex, across several locations
Lewes Bonfire is one of the most famous Bonfire Night celebrations in the UK, and somewhere that you definitely want to be for Bonfire Night 2021!
Famous for its burning of religious and cultural effigies, burning crosses and pagan style parade, attending the Lewes Bonfire is definitely one of the most unique things to do in England.
Lewes Bonfire events are run by seven bonfire societies, and you need specific tickets for each one, so be careful when you’re choosing which one to buy.
You could pitch up at Brighton Caravan and Motorhome Club Site.
3. Legoland Fireworks Spectacular, Windsor
When: Friday 5th-Sunday 7th November, 10:00-19:00
Where: Legoland, Windsor, SL4 4AY
Legoland might be primarily for kids, but they put on a really good fireworks display too. This year they’re adding their 25th birthday to the Bonfire Night 2021 celebrations, so it’s set to be a good one!
Your ticket includes a full day at the park. Tickets are £44 so this isn’t the cheapest way to see a bonfire and fireworks but it should be a great day out.
You could stay at Chertsey Camping and Caravanning Club Site.
4. Bonfire Night at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
When: Saturday 30th-Sunday 31st October, 18:00-21:30
Where: Chatsworth House, Bakewell, DE45 1PP
Bonfire Night 2021 at Chatsworth House is actually taking place during half-term over the Halloween weekend, making it one of the best things to do in England for Halloween. Wrap up warm to enjoy two fireworks displays, a traditional bonfire, and some spooky surprises!
You can get the family booked in to stay at Chatsworth Caravan and Motorhome Club Site or one of the many certified sites in the area.
5. The Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary, Devon
When: Friday 5th November
Where: Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1BZ
Tickets are free for this great event in Devon in the south west. This is another of the most unique things to do in the UK.
If you’re looking for something a bit different to do on Bonfire Night 2021, head to Ottery St Mary, near Exeter, and watch the burning of the Tar Barrels. This tradition started long before Guy Fawkes Night and sees local pubs and breweries offering up a barrel, which is covered in tar, set on fire and carried through the streets by brave locals.
You can stay at Castle Brake Holiday Park
6. Swansea: Swansea's Biggest Firework Display
When: Friday 12th November
Where: Swansea Bay
In 2019 Swansea moved its annual firework display from St Helens to Swansea Bay, and last year the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Now Swansea's spectacular annual fireworks show is set to return this year with plans to make it bigger and better then ever.
With a new date of November 12th, alongside a familiar location, Swansea Council is putting on the large scale event in what it has described as a safe environment, so everyone can enjoy the stunning spectacle.
Low tide is the reason for the move to November 12th. It's normally held on fireworks night itself. The event will run from 6.30pm-8pm with parking being available at a number of locations including the Recreation Ground, the Civic Centre and city centre car parks.
You can stay at Pitton Cross Caravan and Camping Site for the weekend.
7. Cornwall’s Drive-in Firework Spectacular
When: Saturday 6th November, 15:00-20:00
Where: Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, PL27 7JE
Lots of us have been to a drive-in cinema, but have you been to a drive in fireworks display in the UK? Do something a bit different for Bonfire Night 2021 and head down to Wadebridge where you can see the fireworks from the comfort of your own car.
There are catering and toilet facilities on site but unless you are using these you should stay in your car.
You can stay at Atlantic Bays Holiday Park.
8. Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh
While there isn’t an official fireworks display at Arthur’s Seat, it’s a great place to watch fireworks in Edinburgh, for free! Many of the big fireworks displays in Edinburgh have been cancelled due to the pandemic, but if you hike up Arthur’s Seat, you’re guaranteed to see the smaller displays that the locals put on at home dotted across the city!
You can stay at Linwater Caravan Park.
9. New Forest Firework Night, Hampshire
When: Saturday 6th November, from 16:00
Where: Strawberry Fields, Boldre, Lymington, SO41 8PT
New Forest Firework Night is back and better than ever for Bonfire Night 2021, tickets are available for this event.
This is one of the best fireworks displays in the UK, partly because the fireworks are provided by two of the winners of the British Firework Championships to ensure some of the best fireworks in England.
As well as this, you’ve got a huge bonfire, fire performers, fairground rides, music and food, as well as a unique ‘Hop On Inn’ double-decker bus bar.
You can stay at Back of Beyond Touring Park.
10. Ripon City Bonfire 2021
When: Friday 5th November
Where: Ripon Race Course
Great news! The Ripon City Bonfire is back at Ripon Racecourse on 5th November, brought to you by the Rotary Club of Ripon Rowels. That gates open at 5.30pm and the bonfire will be lit at 7pm.
You can stay at Boroughbridge Camping and Caravanning Club Site.
What ever you decide to do for Bonfire Night, stay safe and look after yourself, your family and your pets.