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Bonfire Night & Fireworks in London

2010 marks the 405th anniversary of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot and with November 5th falling timely on a Friday there's a whole weekend of Bonfire Night celebrations to look forward to across the capital. Many of London's best known parks - from Ravenscourt Park in the west to Victoria Park in the east and Enfield Town Park in the north to Clapham Common in the south - host their own celebrations with bonfires, food stalls and funfairs as well as some awe-inspiring fireworks. The annual event in honour of Guy Fawkes' failed attempt to blow up Parliament is a great excuse to fire off a whole riot of rockets, as London's famous skyline is illuminated with welcome blasts of colour on a cold winter's night. 

 
Bonfire Night in London - More Information 

Bonfire Night & Fireworks in London

The History of Bonfire Night


"Remember, remember
The Fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot..."
 
It's no wonder British children can recall the rhyme; every year there are massive celebrations to commemorate the failure of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot. Four hundred and five years ago, Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes and his gang of accomplices attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I along with it. The group were executed for treason but they are remembered every year as children the length and breadth of the country make effigies of the infamous traitor to burn on large bonfires. This uniquely British commemoration of our past also sees thousands of fireworks being blasted into the sky in imitation of the plot's explosive failure.
 
It all sounds a bit gruesome but these days it's all in the name of fun. Across London there are scores of municipal displays as well as thousands of private parties. Residents regard their local displays as a source of pride and huge crowds gather to "ooh" and "aah" as thousands of pounds worth of pyrotechnics are sent up in smoke. Not only is Bonfire Night a spectacular occasion - fun for kids, with a bit of community spirit - but it gives you a chance to get outside, grab a piping hot snack and a glass of mulled wine and gaze into the skies with the rest of London.
Bonfire Night & Fireworks in London

Friday 5th November 2010

Guy Fawkes Night
London's biggest free fireworks display and fair takes place in Clapham Common on Bonfire Night - and this year it's set to be even bigger and better following the cancellation of the displays in neighbouring Brockwell Park and Streatham Common. Last year, around 100,000 people flocked to the Common to make the most of the party atmosphere, with fairground rides and food stalls running throughout the evening. Other free displays across London on Friday are by the Thames at Southwark and near the Westway in Ladbroke Grove. For under a fiver Fulham residents can attend the ever-popular display by the river in Bishops Park - and there's a similar set up for those who live in Kingston. For 5 you can experience one of London's oldest firework displays at Crystal Palace Park, now almost 150 years old, while for 7 you can take part in the pyrotechnics and funfair at Wimbledon Park.
 
LOCATIONS:
 
Clapham Common Fireworks
Address: Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE
Phone: 020 8673 5398
Time: 7.30pm
Pricing: Free
 
Crystal Palace Park Fireworks
Address: Thicket Road, London, SE20 8DT
Phone: 07971 007 012
Time: Gates Open 6pm, Children's Fireworks Display 7pm, Main Fireworks Display 8.30pm
Pricing: 5 (Adults), 3 (Children), Free (Children Under 5), Pay on the Gate, 3 Car Parking
 
Southwark Fireworks Display
Address: Lower Road, London, SE16 2UA
Phone: 020 7525 2000
Time: Starts 6pm, Fireworks 7pm
Pricing: Free
 
Fulham Fireworks at Bishops Park
Address: Bishops Park, London, SW6 6SX
Phone: 0871 22 117 29
Time: Gates open 6pm, Children's Fireworks 7.15pm, Main display 8pm (approx)
Pricing: 4 (Advance), 6 (On the gate), Free (Children Under 5)
 
Kingston Fireworks Display
Address: Kingsmeadow Athletics & Fitness Centre, London, KT1 3PB
Phone: 07797 806 521
Time: 6.30pm (Gates), 8pm (Fireworks)
Pricing: 4 (Adults), 3 (Children, 5-11), Free (U5s)
 
Westway Development Trust Fireworks Display
Address: Maxilla Gardens, Off St Marks Road, London, W10 6NQ
Website: www.eea.org.uk
Time: 7pm
Pricing: Free
 
Wimbledon Park Fireworks
Address: Wimbledon Park, London, SW19 7HX
Phone: 020 8545 3956
Time: Gates open 5.15pm, First bonfire lit 6.30pm, First display 6.45pm, Second bonfire 8.15pm, Second display 8.30pm, Stalls & Fairground open till 10pm
Pricing: 7 (Adults), 5 (Children), FREE (Under 4s), 20 (Family)
Bonfire Night & Fireworks in London

Saturday 6th November 2010

Fireworks, funfairs and food stalls
The only free fireworks display in London on the Saturday after Bonfire Night is the massive extravaganza at Blackheath, which is going ahead this year despite Greenwich Council pulling its funding. Some 80,000 usually turn up for the annual family-friendly event, which is relying on guests making donations in advance or on the door. There are tons of other fireworks displays throughout the capital on Saturday, including fairground events in Morden Park, Barking Park and Ravenscourt Park (go easy on the toffee apples!), while the Enfield Town Park event - considered the best in North London - returns for a 36th year. At the Ealing Cricket Club the fireworks display will run alongside stirring, patriotic music with a nostalgic theme in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The Barnes fireworks display returns with its fabled Make-a-Guy competition, not to mention jazz and dancing in the local sports club, while last but not least, the popular Battersea Park event takes place, promising loads of food stalls, some feel-good fireworks and ample pyrotechnic pizzazz.
 
LOCATIONS:
 
Morden Park Fireworks
Address: London Road, London, SM4 5QX
Phone: 020 8545 3956
Time: Gates open 5.15pm, First bonfire lit 6.30pm, First display 6.45pm, Second bonfire 8.15pm, Second display 8.30pm, Stalls & Fairground open till 10pm
Pricing: 7 (Adults), 5 (Children), Free (Under 4s), 20 (Family)
 
Hammersmith Fireworks at Ravenscourt Park
Address: Ravenscourt Avenue, London, W6 0SL
Phone: 020 8753 4040
Time: Gates open 6pm, children's fireworks 7.15pm, Main fireworks display 8pm (approx)
Pricing: 4 (Advance), 6 (On the Gate), Free (Children Under 5)
 
Barking Park Fireworks
Address: Longbridge Road, London, IG11 8TA
Phone: 020 8215 3006
Time: 5.30pm (Gates Open), 6.15pm (Roadshow), 8pm (Fireworks)
Pricing: 5 (Adults), 1 (Children Under 16 with Paying Adult)
 
Battersea Park Fireworks
Address: Albert Bridge Road, London, SW11 4NJ
Phone: 0845 070 6870
Time: Gates open 6pm, Bonfire lit 7.30pm, Fireworks 8pm
Pricing: 6 (Adults), 1 (Children Under 10)
 
Blackheath Fireworks
Address: Shooters Hill Road, London, SE3 0QS
Phone: 0870 7510 025
Time: 8pm
Pricing: Free (but to make a donation see www.lewisham.gov.uk)
 
Ealing Cricket Club Fireworks Display
Address: Corfton Road, London, W5 2HS
Website: www.ealingcc.co.uk
Time: 7.30pm
Pricing: 5 (Adults), 3 (Accompanied Children U14)
 
Barnes Fireworks Display
Address: Lonsdale Road, London, SW13 9QL
Website: www.barnessportsclub.org
Time: 5.30pm (Gates), 7pm (Procession & Bonfire), 7.55pm (Fireworks)
Pricing: 10 (Adults), 5 (Children), 20 (Family), Free (U5s)
 
Enfield Town Park Fireworks Display
Address: Cecil Road, London, EN2 6LE
Website: www.enfield-fireworks.org.uk
Time: 6pm (Gates), 7.30pm (Fireworks)
Pricing: 6 (Adults), 4 (Children)
Bonfire Night & Fireworks in London

Sunday 7th November 2010

Bonfire weekend comes to an end
The vast majority of this year's fireworks come on Friday and Saturday nights, but there are a couple of events on Sunday - which is great if you're busy or out of town over the weekend and missed out on all the fiery fun. In the East there's the ever popular fireworks display in Victoria Park. This year's show is aptly named 'Remember, Remember' in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the start of the Blitz. Renowned pyrotechnicians Walk the Plank will dramatically light up the skies of East London with a unique and spectacular display accompanied by a soundtrack reminiscent of the era - although, sadly, there will be no food stalls or funfair ride this year. Meanwhile, in the other end of town in Richmond there's a large display at the Athletics Ground by Richmond Park, which also features a big bonfire, some fairground rides, a sumptuous hog roast and plenty of mulled of wine.
 
LOCATIONS:
 
Victoria Park Fireworks
Address: Grove Road, London, E3 5SN
Phone: 020 7364 7900
Time: 7.30pm-8.15pm
Pricing: Free
 
Richmond Fireworks Display
Address: Richmond Athletics Ground, Kew Foot Road, London, TW9 2SS
Phone: 020 8940 0397
Time: 5pm (Gates), 7pm (Fireworks)
Pricing: 10 (Adults), 5 (Children)
Bonfire Night & Fireworks in London

Saturday 13th November 2010

Lord Mayor's Show
Fireworks at 5pm
The Lord Mayor's Show features possibly the most dangerous and amazing of all the public fireworks shows in the capital: river barges are piled high with explosives and set adrift on the Thames with several fearless firework-ers on board. This annual event has been taking over the streets of London for nearly 800 years now with a parade which involves over 6,000 people, military marching bands, Chinese acrobats, a procession of decorated floats and a gilded State Coach that the Lord Mayor travels in. The procession starts at 11am with an RAF flypast and goes on until about 2.30pm, covering the whole area between Bank and Aldwych with the mayor departing from Mansion House in a golden carriage for the Royal Courts of Justice where he takes an oath of allegiance to the Queen. Between the procession and the fireworks you can take part in a free guided walk which starts at 3pm departing from No 1 Poultry. It's a fun family day out but the grand finale is what really draws the crows - the day finishes with one of London's most impressive fireworks displays at 5pm, set off from a barge moored in the Thames between Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo Bridge. The best vantage points to watch from tend to be around Embankment and Gabriel's Wharf.
 
Venue: Lord Mayor's Show
Address: Blackfriars Bridge to Waterloo Bridge | Victoria Embankment, EC4V 3QR
Time: 11am-5pm | Procession 11am-2.30pm, Fireworks 5pm
Price: Free
Bonfire Night & Fireworks in London

Area by area guide

Bonfire Night & Firework Displays across London
 
Four popular fireworks events have been cancelled this year owing to a combination of funding and logistical concerns. In North London, there will be no display at Alexandra Palace, in the West Syon Park has been affected, while in Lambeth in South London the annual events at Brockwell Park and Streatham Common have both been called off. But don't fret - there are ample fireworks going on throughout London so you're bound to find one that suits.
 

Central London


Lord Mayor's Show
Address: Blackfriars Bridge to Waterloo Bridge | Victoria Embankment, EC4V 3QR
Time: 11am-5pm | Procession 11am-2.30pm, Fireworks 5pm
Price: Free
 

North London


Enfield Town Park Fireworks Display
Address: Cecil Road, London, EN2 6LE
Website: www.enfield-fireworks.org.uk
Date: Saturday 6th November
Time: 6pm (Gates), 7.30pm (Fireworks)
Pricing: 6 (Adults), 4 (Children)
 

South London


Clapham Common Fireworks
Address: Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE
Phone: 020 8673 5398
Date: Friday 5th November
Time: 7.30pm
Pricing: Free
 
Crystal Palace Park Fireworks
Address: Thicket Road, London, SE20 8DT
Phone: 07971 007 012
Date: Friday 5th November
Time: Gates Open 6pm, Children's Fireworks Display 7pm, Main Fireworks Display 8.30pm
Pricing: 5 (Adults), 3 (Children), Free (Children Under 5), Pay on the Gate, 3 Car Parking
 
Southwark Fireworks Display
Address: Lower Road, London, SE16 2UA
Phone: 020 7525 2000
Date: Friday 5th November
Time: Starts 6pm, Fireworks 7pm
Pricing: Free
 
Wimbledon Park Fireworks
Address: Wimbledon Park, London, SW19 7HX
Phone: 020 8545 3956
Date: Friday 5th November
Time: Gates open 5.15pm, First bonfire lit 6.30pm, First display 6.45pm, Second bonfire 8.15pm, Second display 8.30pm, Stalls & Fairground open till 10pm
Pricing: 7 (Adults), 5 (Children), FREE (Under 4s), 20 (Family)
 
Battersea Park Fireworks
Address: Albert Bridge Road, London, SW11 4NJ
Phone: 0845 070 6870
Date: Saturday 6th November
Time: Gates open 6pm, Bonfire lit 7.30pm, Fireworks 8pm
Pricing: 6 (Adults), 1 (Children Under 10)
 
Blackheath Fireworks
Address: Shooters Hill Road, London, SE3 0QS
Phone: 0870 7510 025
Date: Saturday 6th November
Time: 8pm
Pricing: Free (but to make a donation see www.lewisham.gov.uk)
 
Morden Park Fireworks
Address: London Road, London, SM4 5QX
Phone: 020 8545 3956
Date: Saturday 6th November
Time: Gates open 5.15pm, First bonfire lit 6.30pm, First display 6.45pm, Second bonfire 8.15pm, Second display 8.30pm, Stalls & Fairground open till 10pm
Pricing: 7 (Adults), 5 (Children), Free (Under 4s), 20 (Family)
 

East London


Barking Park Fireworks
Address: Longbridge Road, London, IG11 8TA
Phone: 020 8215 3006
Date: Saturday 6th November
Time: 5.30pm (Gates Open), 6.15pm (Roadshow), 8pm (Fireworks)
Pricing: 5 (Adults), 1 (Children Under 16 with Paying Adult)
 
Victoria Park Fireworks
Address: Grove Road, London, E3 5SN
Phone: 020 7364 7900
Date: Sunday 7th November
Time: 7.30pm-8.15pm
Pricing: Free
 

West London


Fulham Fireworks at Bishops Park
Address: Bishops Park, London, SW6 6SX
Phone: 0871 22 117 29
Date: Friday 5th November
Time: Gates open 6pm, Children's Fireworks 7.15pm, Main display 8pm (approx)
Pricing: 4 (Advance), 6 (On the gate), Free (Children Under 5)
 
Kingston Fireworks Display
Address: Kingsmeadow Athletics & Fitness Centre, London, KT1 3PB
Phone: 07797 806 521
Date: Friday 5th November
Time: 6.30pm (Gates), 8pm (Fireworks)
Pricing: 4 (Adults), 3 (Children, 5-11), Free (U5s)
 
Westway Development Trust Fireworks Display
Address: Maxilla Gardens, Off St Marks Road, London, W10 6NQ
Website: www.eea.org.uk
Date: Friday 5th November
Time: 7pm
Pricing: Free
 
Hammersmith Fireworks at Ravenscourt Park
Address: Ravenscourt Avenue, London, W6 0SL
Phone: 020 8753 4040
Date: Saturday 6th November
Time: Gates open 6pm, children's fireworks 7.15pm, Main fireworks display 8pm (approx)
Pricing: 4 (Advance), 6 (On the Gate), Free (Children Under 5)
 
Ealing Cricket Club Fireworks Display
Address: Corfton Road, London, W5 2HS
Website: www.ealingcc.co.uk
Date: Saturday 6th November
Time: 7.30pm
Pricing: 5 (Adults), 3 (Accompanied Children U14)
 
Barnes Fireworks Display
Address: Lonsdale Road, London, SW13 9QL
Website: www.barnessportsclub.org
Date: Saturday 6th November
Time: 5.30pm (Gates), 7pm (Procession & Bonfire), 7.55pm (Fireworks)
Pricing: 10 (Adults), 5 (Children), 20 (Family), Free (U5s)
 
Richmond Fireworks Display
Address: Richmond Athletics Ground, Kew Foot Road, London, TW9 2SS
Phone: 020 8940 0397
Date: Sunday 7th November
Time: 5pm (Gates), 7pm (Fireworks)
Pricing: 10 (Adults), 5 (Children)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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