Fireworks display

Remember, remember the 5th of November. Well do you? The smell of bonfire smoke, sticky toffee apples, sitting on top of Dad’s shoulders to get the best view of the Catherine Wheel.

Everybody loves fireworks, but for young children the fun can easily end in tears. Before you venture out on your little one’s first firework display, read Lorna Clark’s top tips for a great bonfire night for kids.

The biggest and brightest fireworks displays from North to South of the UK:

Glasgow – Glasgow Green

Where: Glasgow Green
Starts: Onsite catering starts at 4pm, pre-show music at 6.30pm and fireworks display
begins at 7.30pm.
What: Over 50,000 firework explosions set to music and hosted by Clyde 1’s Romeo and Knoxy (pre-music starts at 6.30pm)
Child Friendly: Yes, there is a fun fair, music from live bands, food and drink stalls.
Price: Free
When: Saturday 5th November 2011 at 7.30pm

Edinburgh – Hopetoun House

Where: Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, Edinburgh
Starts: Gates open at 4pm, fireworks lit at 6.30pm.
Price: £10. Book your tickets early from ticketmaster or the HopeToun Farm Shop
More info: www.hopetoun.co.uk
What: Bonfire extravaganza hosted by Real Radio presenters Big Al and Micky Gavin. Funfair, food stalls, stilt walkers and fire breathers. Bring a chair and torch.
When: Saturday 5th November 2011

Sheffield – Don Valley Grass Bowl

Where: Don Valley Grass Bowl (Next to Sheffield Arena)
Starts: Opens 5:30pm. Bonfire lit at 7.00pm, fireworks at 8.45pm
What: On the go since 1996, Sheffield’s After Dark Fireworks include a firework display to music, a fun fair, live music, food stalls and a bonfire!
Price: Adults (14yrs+) £9, children (under 14) £4. Hotline 0114-2565656. Tickets available from Arena, City Hall, USUS & Hallam Unions or www.arenaticketshop.co.uk
When: Saturday 5th November 2011 at 5:30pm -10pm.

Manchester – Papal Field

Where: Papal field, Heaton Park, The Farm Centre, Manchester City Council, Manchester, M25 2SW
Starts: The funfair starts at 5.30pm, fireworks begin at 7.30pm and the bonfire will be lit at 8pm
What: Enjoy the firework display on the Papal field and let the kids enjoy the rides at the funfair. There will also be a catering village so you’ll have plenty of options for food and drink. Get there early as its expected to be very busy.
Price: Free. Parking is £2 per car. More info: www.heatonpark.org.uk
When: Saturday 5th November 2011

Leeds – Roundhay Park

Where: Roundhay Park, Leeds, LS8 2ER
Starts: Friday 4th November 2011. Bonfire lit at 7.30pm, fireworks start at 8pm
What: Tens of thousands of people turn up to enjoy the bonfire and fireworks at Roundhay Park each year. Local radio DJs and the Leeds Rhino’s dancers will put in an appearance. www.roundhaypark.org.uk
When: Friday 4th November 2011. Bonfire lit at 7.30pm, fireworks start at 8pm
Price: Free

Liverpool – Halton

Where: Halton, Merseyside, WA7 1DP
Starts: Street entertainment starts at 6.30pm, fireworks start at 7.30pm
What: Wrap up warm and watch the stunning fireworks explode over Halton in time to music. Its a big one! Street entertainers and local radio station will be entertaining well over 55,000 people. www.visitliverpool.com
When: Saturday 5th November 2011.
Price: Free

Nottingham – Forest Recreation Ground

Where: Forest Recreation Ground
Starts: Funfair opens on Saturday, 5.30pm-10.30pm, small firework display starts at 7.15pm, bonfire lit at 7.45pm, main firework display at 9pm
What: The event is split into two, one for kids and one big event. You can expect fairground rides, a bonfire and fireworks.www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk
When: Saturday 5th November 2011.
Price: Free

Warwickshire – Ragley Hall

Where: Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5NJ
Starts: Gates open at 2.30pm, the bonfire will be lit at 5.30pm and fireworks start at 7pm.
What: Touch FM will be entertaining the crowds. There will be a firework display, bonfire and fairground rides.
When: Saturday 5th November 2011.
Price:£5 per person, under 3s go free. Book your tickets early! Payment in cash only. www.ragleyhall.com/events

Shropshire – Tutbury Castle

Where:Tutbury Castle, Castle Street, Tutbury, Staffordshire, DE13 9JF
Starts: 4th, 5th and 6th November 2011. Gates open at 6pm, Viking battle at 7.30pm, firework display to follow.
What: Spread over 3 nights to cater to demand! For kids there is a Viking battle at Tutbury Castle and a firework display set in the surroundings of a real castle. www.tutburycastle.com
When: 4th, 5th and 6th November 2011.
Price: Adults £7.50, children 5-12 years £7, under 5s free.

Bristol – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Where: Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA
Starts: 4th and 5th November 2011,at 4pm-5.30pm. The display starts at 5pm
What: Now for something different – a bangless bonfire! To make sure they don’t scare the animals at the Zoo, Bristol Fireworks will use noiseless fireworks in their display. Ticket sales are limited, so book yours early if you want to go. www.bristolzoo.org.uk
When: 4th and 5th November 2011
Price: Adults £5, children £4, family tickets £15

Cardiff – Cooper’s Field

Where: Cardiff’s Cooper’s Field, Cardiff, Glamorgan, CF14 3QX
Starts: Gates open at 4.30pm, children’s firework display at 5.45pm, bonfire lit at 6.15pm and main fireworks at 7pm
What: The 31st Sparks in the Park at Cardiff’s Cooper’s Field includes, fireworks, a fairground, bar, food stalls and Capital FM will be providing entertainment too.
When: Saturday 5th November 2011. www.cardiffroundtable.org
Price: Adults £10, children £5, family tickets £20. Cheaper tickets are available in advance from the website

Holyhead – Penrhos Beach

Where: Penrhos Beach, Holyhead
Stars: Bonfire lit at 6.16pm, fireworks start at 7pm
What: Watch the bonfire and fireworks against the backdrop of Holyhead beach at this famous firework display. www.holyheadroundtable.com
When: Saturday 5th November 2011.
Price: Adults £3, children go free

London – Victoria Embankment

Where: Victoria Embankment, but you can also see it along the Thames and for miles around
Starts: Saturday 12th November 2011, 5pm
What: The annual Lord Mayor’s Firework Display, including more than half a tonne of fireworks, is unmissable. It takes place a week after bonfire night and travels through 800 years of london history with it’s civic procession. The roads will be closed to traffic so there will be plenty of room to admire the display. www.lordmayorsshow.org
When: Saturday 12th November 2011, 5pm
Price: Free

London – Lambeth

Where: Brockwell Park, London, SE24 0NG
Starts: Main arena opens at 4pm, fireworks at 8pm and entertainment, funfair and stalls at 8.30pm
What: Expect busy crowds on the night for the dazzling display at Brockwell Park this year, to celebrate the bicentenary of Brockwell Hall. It promises to be one of the biggest and brightest around. www.lambeth.gov.uk
When: Saturday 5th November 2011
Price: Free

London – Enfield Town Park

Where: Enfield Town Park, Cecil Road, EN2 6TW
Starts: Gates open at 6pm, fireworks start at 7.30pm
What: This bonfire night celebration is organised by the Scouts and raises money for their troop – so it’ll be very family orientated and includes a funfair. It’s a well established display in it’s 37th year. www.enfield-fireworks.org.uk
When: Saturday 5th November 2011.
Price: Adults £6, children £4 (cheaper tickets available in advance)

London – Barking

Where: Barking Park, Longbridge Road, Barking
Starts: Gates open at 5.30pm, entertainment at 6pm and fireworks start at 8pm
What: This annual event is great for families. As well as the firework display you can also enjoy the funfair and the concert stage. Kids will enjoy the big countdown to the start of the firework display. www.viewlondon.co.uk
When: Saturday 5th November 2011.
Price: Adults £5, under 16s £1 (when accompanied by a paying adult)

London – Ealing Cricket Club

Where: Ealing Cricket Club, Corfton Road, Ealing, WH 2HS
Starts: Gates open at 7.30pm
What: This firework display is themed to various rock music tracks like Eye of the Tiger and music from Queen. As well as some impressive fireworks you can expect some candy floss, children’s rides and bars. www.viewlondon.co.uk
When: Saturday 5th November 2011.
Price: Adults £6, children under 14 £4 (when accompanied by a paying adult)

Kent – The Hop Farm

Where: The Hop Farm Family Park, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6PY
Starts: Saturday 5th November 2011 from 6pm & 6th November 2011 from 1pm – 8pm
What: The Hop Farm will have a special child-friendly display at 6pm on Saturday set to Disney music. The main display will take place to Disco Inferno music on Saturday night at 9pm, with the bonfire being lit on Sunday at 5pm. There will also be a funfair, children’s entertainment and live music. www.thehopfarm.co.uk
When: Saturday 5th November 2011 from 6pm and 6th November 2011 from 1pm – 8pm
Price: Adults £12, children £8, family tickets £36 (cheaper tickets are available in advance online)

Brighton – Nevill Sports Ground

Where: Nevill Sports Ground, Nevill Road, Hove, BN3 7QD
Starts: Gates open at 5pm, firework display starts at 6.30pm
What: Plans for an impressive display in time to music. You will also be able to buy fun bonfire night essentials such as glow sticks, hotdogs and toffee apples!
When: Saturday 5th November 2011. www.familyfireworks.co.uk
Price: Adults £6, children (age 3-15) £4

Norwich – Fakenham Racecourse

Where: Fakenham Racecourse, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 7NY
Starts: Gates open at 5pm and the display starts at 6.30pm
What: Organisers are expecting over 5,000 visitors. It is supporting the Help the Heroes charity and other Fakenham charities. www.fakenhamtrade.org
When: Saturday 5th November 2011.
Price: £15 per car (maximum 5 people per car). £13 advance tickets

Somerset – Bridgewater

Where: Bridgwater, Somerset
Starts: Friday 4th November, Event starts at 7pm.
What: The grand firework display will take place early on Friday 4th November at 7pm, but the rest of the weekend will be packed full of carnival processions and shows. Don’t miss the squibbling, where lots of fireworks are fired up at the same time, immediately after the parade. For more information on the weekend carnival go to www.bridgwatercarnival.co.uk
When: Friday 4th November 2011 at 7pm
Price: Free, but there is a collection for local charities

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