There will be plenty of oohs, ahhs and loud bangs in London this weekend as the capital celebrates Bonfire Night (the annual anniversary on 5 November marking bearded villain Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605).
Unfortunately, the popular Brockwell Park display in Brixton is no more, as reported by Brixton Buzz, but there are still plenty of free and paid-for options for getting your fireworks fix, whether you are based to the north, south, east or west of the capital.
Allianz Park in Hendon, north London, home of all-conquering Premiership rugby team Saracens, is hosting its fireworks a day late on Sunday 6th. From 6.30pm you can gorge yourself in the food village before the main event begins at 7.30. One of the benefits of attending fireworks at a rugby stadium is the luxury of being able to sit down in the stands to watch the display, which will be set to music and have a superheroes theme.
Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £5 for under-16s.
For those based in trendy east London, Tower Hamlets is hosting a free display in Victoria Park marking two anniversaries for the price of one on 6 November. Just 61 years after the Gunpowder Plot the Great Fire of London brought a different kind of terror to the city and this year it is the 350th anniversary of the blaze. Pyrotechnic company Walk the Plank will be creating a fire drawing to mark the occasion.
Food and drink is from 6pm, with the display beginning at 7pm. No tickets are required.
Down in the south-east, another free fireworks extravaganza will be blasting off in Blackheath on Bonfire Night (5 November) itself. It’s an all-day affair, with a fun fair from midday and then food and drinks from 5pm. The fuses will be lit at 8pm when it’s nice and dark so those flashes of colour look even more spectacular.
No tickets are required.
If you live south of the river but Blackheath is a bit out of the way, Morden Park is hosting a paid-for display on Bonfire Night where you get two shows for the price of one. ‘Magic’ takes place at 6.45pm, suited to young children, and ‘All Around the World’ kicks off at 8.30pm, with a funfair, refreshments and stalls open until 10pm.
A limited number of tickets are available on the night for £10 (under-5s go free), but pre-booking online is recommended.
In leafy west London, the Richmond Athletic Association has decided to run with a movie theme for its annual Family Fireworks event on 6 November. As you’d expect, you can enjoy rides, food and fireworks – which will be lit at 7pm – as well as live entertainment.
Buying tickets in advance, available today (5 November) between 10 and 2pm from the Richmond Rugby Shop, is strongly advised, although there may be some still available on the gates from 4.30pm on the Sunday if you’re willing to chance your arm.
‘Ooh, ahh’ photo by Rich Ward.