Grab your coat and hunt down your wooliest pair of gloves because it’s time to brace the cold – but don’t fear, our pick of London’s Top Five Fireworks Displays are so hot that you and your little Londoners will be kept toasty warm all evening.
A regular on any Top Five list, Battersea Park’s fireworks display is a great family event, and this year’s event promises to be the best yet, with a pre-show of choreographed fire dancers provided by Flame Oz. Arrive early to grab some supper at the one of the many food stalls and to join in with some traditional Guy Fawkes fun and entertainment, before the skies above the Thames are lit up with Battersea’s fantastic fireworks and music display. Your youngsters will be entertained for hours on end.
8th November | Gates open at 6pm | wandsworth.gov.uk/fireworks
Lord Mayor’s Show
London’s biggest fire show precedes Guy Fawkes, having run since 1215, surviving the Black Death and the Blitz to arrive in the 21st century as what must be the oldest, grandest and best-loved civic pageant in the world. The day begins with the Lord Mayor’s Procession: a flotilla sails up the Thames towards Westminster, followed by a street procession, to watch the Lord Mayor swear his loyalty to the Crown. A giant firework display follows – stand along the riverside between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges to have the best view of the show.
8th November | Flotilla at 8.30am | fireworks at 5.15pm | lordmayorsshow.org
Brockwell Park Fireworks
Brockwell’s fun-filled evening has everything from fun fair rides, food and craft stalls, live entertainment and of course, an amazing 20 minute fireworks and music show choreographed by Titanium Fireworks, who were the team behind Glasgow’s Commonwealth Opening Ceremony. If that’s not enough, a giant Mechanical fire Bird and Disco Turtle from Emergency Exit Arts will also be roaming the event site and entertaining the crowds. Promises to be a great evening.
5 November | Gates open at 5pm | lambeth.gov.uk
Every year the annual Ealing Cricket Club Fireworks event is themed, and this year’s it’s a ‘Century Cinema’, so you can expect some great soundtracks from Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and Star Wars, as well as an impressive laser show and some great entertainment, fun fair rides and BBQ food stalls.
8 November | Gates open at 6pm | ealingcc.co.uk
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
With an accompanying day time Bier Festival and spectacular views of the city skyline providing a backdrop, Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival is one of the capital’s most popular; but you need to act quickly if you want to go as tickets are nearly sold out.
1 November | Bier Festival from 3pm-11pm | Fireworks at 7.30 | alexandrapalace.com
Something a little alternative: Lewes Fireworks Carnival, East Sussex
If your going big for Bonfire Night, head to East Sussex for Britain’s biggest and, most probably, best Bonfire Night celebrations in Lewes. The magnificent bonfire and firework display on the hills around the town are the culmination of a huge carnival orgnaised by six local bonfire societies, nearly 30 visiting groups and marching bands, each with their own parades, traditions and costumes. Seventeen burning crosses are carried through the streets to commemorate the 17 martyrs burned at the stake in the town in the 16th century.
5th November | Starts at 5pm | lewesbonfirecelebrations.com