Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes Night is a hallmark of the British calendar, bringing excitement for families all around the country. For many of us, it marks the beginning of the countdown for Christmas. It’s a time to pull on a cosy scarf and hat, grab a cup of hot mulled wine and watch the kids faces light up as bright as the skies. And in the capital, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to magnificent firework displays. Every corner of the city has a local event, and it seems like each year they get bigger and better. Many now feature not just fireworks but fairground rides, food stalls and live entertainment. So read our round up of the Best Fireworks London, then wrap up warm and get the scarves and sparklers ready! And if you’re looking for more fun family activities this month, check out our list of November activities with Toddlers in London.
1. Light up the Night, Wembley Park – 10th Nov
This amazing festival celebrating both Diwali and Bonfire Night has a real community spirit to it. Families can enjoy a carnival-style parade, with hundreds of lanterns and decorations made by locals. In addition, roaming performers, live music, street food, and of course fireworks will keep your brood entertained all night long. The parade starts at 5pm, with fireworks at 7pm. This certainly deserves to be number one on our list of Best Fireworks London.
Address: Wembley Park, HA9 8DS
2. Coram’s Fields, Bloomsbury – 1st Nov
Enjoy a beautiful free fireworks display right in the heart of the city, at Coram’s Fields. This seven acre oasis in Bloomsbury hosts an annual family-focused event with a small funfair and food stalls. Doors open at 3:30pm, ending with fireworks at 6pm, so it’s ideal timing for little ones who need to be in bed early.
Address: 93 Guilford St, London WC1N 1DN
3. Blackheath Fireworks – 2nd Nov
South Londoner’s unite at this free event, which attracts thousands of families to its fairground rides and live entertainment. The fun starts from 12pm, so you can make a whole day of it. You can see for miles from this huge green space next to Greenwich Park. So why not play a game of eye spy and see if the kids can spot Canary Wharf and the Gherkin? Blackheath Village is a charming place to have a wander round, or grab a bite to eat beforehand too. The fireworks display starts at 8pm.
Address: Blackheath, London. SE3 9LE
4. Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival – 1st & 2nd Nov
This two day event is one of the biggest and best in the capital, and always a hit with local families. Alongside the huge fireworks display on Friday and Saturday evening, visitors can enjoy a huge array of attractions. There will be live music, a funfair, a beer festival and a pop up cinema showing Harry Potter and Toy Story. As some of the Best Fireworks London, this one sells out fast so get booking soon!
Address: Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
5. Guy Fawkes Festival, Waltham Cross – 2nd & 3rd Nov
Where better to celebrate bonfire night than at The Royal Gunpowder Mills – set in the 175 acre grounds of Waltham Abbey. During the day, kids will love learning about the history of explosives at this fascinating site. Daytime activities (from 2pm) include a theatre production, archery display, interactive science shows and crafts. The kids are bound to love making their own slime or lanterns to take home. You can also enjoy a tractor ride around the 300 year old former Gunpowder factory. And the day ends with spectacular fireworks at 7pm. This one also fills up quickly, so it’s best to pre-book tickets to guarantee access.
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