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Bonfire Night 2012: Top 5 Firework Displays

Bonfire Night 2012: Top 5 Firework Displays
November 1, 2012 Gisela Graham Team

This Bonfire night make sure you catch a firework display worthy of Guy Fawkes himself.

We have compiled our Top 5 Bonfire Night Celebrations across England so that your November the 5th goes off with a bang!

Bonfire Night 2012: Top 5 Firework Displays

Lake District – Langdale Hotel and Spa.
Dates: 2nd-6th November.

The Langdale valleys are peaceful and picturesque, yet upon closer inspection you’ll find numerous remnants offering clues to its past gunpowder industry, including mills and machinery for gunpowder production . If you’re staying at this luxurious hotel you can take yourself on a self guided walk, visiting the Elterwater Works – one of a number of gunpowder mills.  Located half a mile away is Wainwright’s Inn, which will be hosting its usual grand firework display on the 5th of November.  If past years are anything to go by, there will be a huge bonfire and a hog roast.


Yorkshire – The Gunpowder Plod at York Knavesmire.
Date: 5th November

Where better could you celebrate Bonfire Night than the home city of Guy Fawkes himself?  York is currently celebrating 800 years of local democracy with a series of festivals, including this quirky event. The Plod is set  to be York’s biggest fireworks display ever! Fusing culture and sport, there’s a 5K race set to a backdrop of pyrotechnics, fire installations, and performers en route.  Additionally there will be a variety of entertainment and attractions for the whole family, topped off with musical performances at the main stage from big names and local acts.  However, the burning of the Guy will not take place, out of respect to a certain past resident.


West Midlands – Bonfire Bonanza at West Midland Safari Park
Date: 3rd November

West Midland Safari park plays host to its spectacular bonfire and fireworks event, which has now been going for over 25 years.  In addition to its huge bonfire and spectacular fireworks extravaganza, there’s a variety of activities and entertainment for children and adults alike. Including late night rides, reptiles and creepy crawlies, safari illuminations and African themed music.  If you’d like to feel a little special there’s also the Firework Festival VIP area, offering refreshments, open access to amusement rides, and a late bar.


London – Ealing Cricket Club’s Glorious Jubilee Firework Display
Date: 3rd November

This year’s Ealing Cricket Club fireworks event is in honour of the Diamond Jubilee, and will be set to rousing music spanning the past 5 decades. There will be bars, barbecues, mulled wine, and candy floss, with fun rides and glow toys for the kids.  All funds raised are for the benefit of Ealing CC.


Somerset – Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival
Date – 3rd November

The development of the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival dates back to 1847, and is the largest of its kind in the UK.   This year it’s set to be bigger than ever!  The fun starts in advance of the main event, on the 2nd of November, with a Firework display and fairground rides, and throughout the following day.  But main event takes place on Saturday evening, with a 2.5 mile procession of huge illuminated carnival floats, fireworks, walking groups, bands, and more.  Finishing off the festivities is the squibbing display (Squibs are giant fireworks originally made in homes throughout the town). Completely unique to Bridgewater, and a spectacle well worth watching.

Not one near you? Have a look at this website for more great Firework Displays.

Remember to wrap up and stay safe.