Bonfire nights with a bang

Tired of those disappointing shop-bought fireworks? Does your Guy Fawkes night go with a pop instead of a whizz-bang? Then why not treat yourself and the kids to a professional display where you won't have to worry about when or where the fireworks are going? Try one of these organised displays and you can just stand back and watch the show.

Fireworks displays UK

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Crystal Palace Fireworks, London
Known by some as the home of firework displays, this London event has taken place for over 70 years and always promises to be a spectacular show. There are 2 displays this 5 November, one at 7pm for the children, with the main, grand display starting at 8.30pm. It's £6 for adults, £4 for kids and under-5s go free.

Lewes Bonfire night, Lewes, East Sussex
One of the best in Sussex, if not the country, Lewes offers torchlight costumed processions and culminates in six separate bonfires where various effigies, including Guy Fawkes, are burnt. The town's roads close at 2pm on November 5th, so be prepared to arrive early (well before 4pm when parked cars are towed away) or park well out of town. The narrow streets can get uncomfortably crammed, so much so that the local council website urges visitors from outside the town not to attend. That said, with the celebrations starting at around 5pm and continuing until 1am, it is well worth a visit if you are nearby.

Fireworks Frenzy Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough, Northants
An unbelievable extravaganza of monster trucks, stunt drivers, jet karts, drifting displays, funfair, family entertainments, fireworks, a huge bonfire and fire show! The Santa Pod Raceway is the place to be this Guy Fawkes night. The event kicks off from 2pm on Saturday 2 November, with the fireworks display lighting up the sky at 6pm. Tickets cost £15 per car in advance or £20 on the door (max 5 people).

Sandown Winter Carnival, Isle of Wight
The island's hugely popular winter carnival takes place this year on Saturday 2 November, and will once again feature a stunning lantern parade prior to the fireworks main event. This year, the carnival aims to be the 'biggest and best' fireworks bash ever to be held in Sandown - and best of all, it's entirely free.

Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland
This spectacular show taking place on November 5 is completely free and offers plenty of food and drink stalls to keep you warm throughout the evening, along with a funfair, pre-show entertainment and an explosive fireworks finale. This free display is open from 4pm, with entertainment beginning at 6.30pm ahead of the 7.30pm fireworks.

Bristol Zoo's Family Friendly Fireworks, Bristol
Catering not just to its residents but to families with little ones too, Bristol Zoo's low-noise display provides all the enjoyment and spectacle of fireworks without the loud noises. This year there will be a compere on stage with fun and games for all ages, and there are hot drinks and treats available to keep the whole family happy. Taking place on Friday 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November, an adult ticket costs £6.50, children get in for £5 and under-2s can join in for free, but advance booking is advisable. Gates open at 5pm and all the money raised goes to supporting Bristol Zoo's charitable objectives.
This year's LEGOLAND fireworks extravaganza is based around a DC Universe Superheroes theme, with iconic movie soundtracks to accompany the spectacular light show. To make the evening go with an even bigger bang, visitors can buy a pair of 3D glasses that transform the fireworks into exploding 3D LEGO bricks. Even the resort's rides will be open after dark. The display is included in the one-day admission price, starting from £29.25, and the earlier you book, the more you'll save, so get your tickets early.

Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth
Smeaton's Tower, The Citadel and the War Memorial will be awash with colourful floodlights once again. There will be fairground rides and refreshments available from midday on Tuesday 5 November, with on-stage entertainment from Heart FM from 6pm, followed by the lighting of the bonfire and firework display accompanied by music from the Citadel ramparts.

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