Remember remember the 5th of November, for bonfire, fireworks and fun! It’s almost bonfire night which means that firework displays will be taking place up and down the country. If you are not sure where to go this year, worry not, here at GetPaidTo we have come up with the top 10 best firework displays to help you choose.
1. The Lord Mayors Show
Date: Saturday 8th November, 6.15pm
Event details: The Lord Mayors Show is an all-day event which starts at 8.30am with the river pageant. This is followed by the Lord Mayor’s procession at 11.00am. The firework display starts at 6.15pm and the best place to stand is by the riverside between Waterloo and Blackfriars. The roads are closed both sides of the Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge will be closed on the northbound side, so there is plenty of space to stand to watch the display. For more information about The Lord Mayors Show visit http://lordmayorsshow.london/
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2. Glasgow Green
Date: Wednesday 5th November, 4pm
Event Details: The fun starts from 4.00pm with food and merchandise stalls open and a funfair that starts at 5.30pm. The fireworks display starts at 7.30pm although there is no bonfire at this event. Public transport is advised as there is limited parking nearby. The nearest mainline stations are Queen Street and Central Station. There are no alcohol, sparklers or pets allowed at this event. For more information please visit Glasgow Life.
3. Roundhay Park, Leeds
Date: Wednesday 5th November 2014, 7.30pm
Event details: This firework display is the biggest in Leeds and attracts people in their thousands. The bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm, with the fireworks display starting at 8.00pm. There is free car parking nearby at the Old Tram Park and at the Lakeside Café car park.
For more information visit http://www.roundhaypark.org.uk/roundhay-park-bonfire.html
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4. Tutbury Castle
Date: Wednesday 5th November, gates open at 6pm
Price: Adults £7.50, 5-12’s and OAP’s £7.00, children under 5 go free.
Event details: This event offers something different for the family, with combat fighting with the Tutbury Vikings and a Viking funeral. There will also be a funfair, a BBQ and a bar with hot and cold food being served all night. The Vikings start at 7.30 with the fireworks to follow. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Tutbury Castle.
5. Lake Meadows, Billericay, Essex
Date: Saturday 8th November, gates open at 5.30pm
Online Price: Adults £6, ages 5-15 £4, senior citizens £4, 0-4 go free, family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £19.50
Price on the gate: Adults £8, ages 5-15 £6, senior citizens £6, 0-4 go free, no family tickets on the gate.
Event Details: The Billericay charity fireworks display is a popular event attracting up to 20,000 people each year. There is a child friendly fireworks display at 6.15pm followed by a torchlight procession and the lighting of the bonfire at 6.30pm. There is live music and entertainment with Heart FM’s Martin and Sue from 6.40pm building up to the fireworks display that kicks off at 8.00pm. There will be rides, stalls and face painting to keep the kids entertained throughout the evening. There is ample free parking nearby at the NCP car park and behind Iceland. For more information please visit Billericay Fireworks.
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6. Midsummer Common, Cambridge
Date: Wednesday 5th November, 6pm
Event details: The firework celebrations in Cambridge include a bonfire and a funfair. The entry is free but donations of at least £1 are encouraged. The funfair is open from 6pm and there will be a fire show performed by Phoenix Performance from 6.45pm. This display is very popular, attracting around 25,000 people. For more information about this event, visit Cambridge City Council.
7. Aberdeen’s winter festival fireworks spectacular
Date: Wednesday 5th November, 6.30pm
Event details: Aberdeen’s fireworks spectacular marks the start of the Aberdeen Winter Festival for 2014. The night is compared by John Mcruvie from Original 106 FM and starts with fire jugglers and a charity fire walk at 6.30pm. The fireworks start from 7.30pm with the best viewing areas around the Beach Boulevard and along the Beach Esplanade. For more information about this event as well as the rest of the Winter Festival, visit the Aberdeen Invest Live Visit website.
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8. Battersea Park, London
Date: Saturday 8th November, gates open at 6pm
Price: £8 if booked between 1st and 7th November, £10 on 8th November. Under 10’s get in free but still need a ticket. No tickets will be sold on the door. Buy tickets from Ticketmaster
Event details: This event includes music, food stalls, glow concessions and a bar. The fun kicks off at 6.30pm with a pre-show by Flame-Oz followed by the lighting of the bonfire at 7.30pm. The fireworks start at 8pm and there will be no further admittance into the park after this time. No tickets will be sold on the gate so book now to avoid disappointment.
9. Wimbledon Park, London
Date: Wednesday 5th November, gates open 5.15pm
Online price: Adults £8, ages 5-16 £6, family tickets (2 adults, 2 under 16’s) £25, under 4’s go free.
Price on the gate: Adults £10, ages 5-16: £8, No family tickets on the gate.
Event details: There will be two performances at Wimbledon Park fireworks this year. The first one starting at 6.30pm with the lighting of the bonfire and then at 6.45pm the fireworks display with the theme of ‘ice and magic’, more suitable for young children. The second performance will start at 8.15pm with the lighting of the bonfire followed by the fireworks display with the theme of ‘salute to services’ at 8.30pm. For more information about this event, contact Merton Council.
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10. Bristol Zoo
Date: 4th, 5th and 6th November, 5pm
Price: Adults £6.75, children £5.25 and children under 2 are free.
Event details: This a great family friendly fireworks display with low noise fireworks making it ideal for small children. There will also be fun and games on stage to keep the kids entertained as well as drinks and treats available. To find out more about this event, visit Bristol Zoo.
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Bonfire night safety advice
Keep safe this bonfire night by following these safety tips:
- Store sparklers and other fireworks in a closed box in a cool, dry place.
- Always wear gloves when lighting and handling sparklers.
- Put sparklers into a bucket of water once they have burnt out.
- Check the information of your local display to find out if you are allowed to bring sparklers.
- Ensure your display area is free from hazards
- Read the instructions carefully and in the daylight.
- Stand well back once you have lit the fireworks.
- Keep children under control and away from the area where you are lighting fireworks.
- Don’t drink alcohol if you are setting off fireworks. Nominate people who are not drinking alcohol to take charge of late-night fireworks displays.
- Keep pets indoors whilst fireworks are going off. Try not to leave cats and dogs alone when there are fireworks going off as this can be quite stressful for them.
- Don’t return to a firework that’s been lit and not gone off. Fuses sometime burn slowly and it may suddenly detonate.
- Always use a torch to read firework instructions at night – not a naked flame.