Best places to watch fireworks in the UK this Bonfire Night

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    Wrap up and head to one of the biggest and best displays in the capital.

    Get ready to “ooh” and “ah”.

    Clissold Park, London
    The Hackney Firework Pyromusical returns to Clissold Park this year. While the exact details on the display synchronised to music are yet to be released, if 2014’s performance is anything to go by (it featured fireworks specially chosen to prevent animals that live in the park from becoming distressed), it should be a treat for locals. Pre-booking advisable. Adults £7.50, children £2.50, non resoident adults £8.50, children £3.50

    When: Saturday November 7th

    Clumber Park, Nottingham
    Set on the beautiful 3,800 acre parkland in Nottingham, this is one for the family. Kicking off with the multi award-winning choregraphed fire dance and pyrotechnic spectacular FlameOZ, before a glittering firework display set to movie theme songs, including Harry Potter, James Bond, and Frozen.

    When: Saturday 24 October

    Battersea Park, London
    The theme for this year’s fireworks display is “A Royal Night Out”, to celebrate the Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch earlier this year. Set to music, food and drink (including mulled wine) will also be served but this is one for the organised: tickets must be ordered before arrival. £8 up to 6 November, £10 on 7 November. No entry after 8pm.

    When: Saturday November 7th

    Meadowbank Sports Centre have been running the city’s biggest fireworks display for over 30 years. The 30 minute show, from the award wining 21cc and accompanied by music spanning from the 70s until now, starts at 7.30pm, with pre-show entertainment from 6.30pm. Tickets £6.50.

    When: Thursday November 5th

    Alexandra Palace, London
    After a four-year hiatus, the skies above Alexandra Palace were illuminated once more two years ago.The display here is always impressive, with beautiful panoramic views across London plus street food, a craft beer village, ice skating, a bonfire to keep you warm and funfair rides for children. With a longer running time, it promises to be bigger and brighter than last year, and will be rounded off with a laser show.

    When: Saturday November 7th

    Leeds Castle
    Timed to music from the movies (and, rumour has it, images from the silver screen will be projected onto the side of the castle), this is the biggest fireworks display in the South East. Arrive early for live music, food stalls, a carousel and swing boats, before the display starts at 5.30pm. A falconry display will also take place near the Maze at 3pm. Adults £19, Children £12.50, under 4yrs Free.

    When: Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 8th

    Blackheath, London
    This is one of the capitals few major displays that remains free and it has turned into a whole day event, with a funfair and food stalls. There’s an onsite bar which opens from 5pm before the impressive fireworks display starts at 8pm. While there is no admission fee, donations are welcome.

    When: Saturday November 7th

    Midsummer Common, Cambridge

    Over 25,000 people are expected at the city’s annual Bonfire Night and fireworks display. Hosted by Cambridge Live and taking place on Midsummer Common, the free event starts at 6pm with the Thurston Fun Fair, before the fireworks start at 7.30pm, followed by the lighting of the bonfire. Guy Fawkes is set to make an appearance, too.

    When: Thursday November 5th

    Berrington Hall, Herefordshire
    Head to Herefordshire and visit Berrington Hall, one of the few masterpieces from architect Henry Holland to remain intact, for their annual firework display. Kicking off at 4pm with food stalls, live music, biscuit making and face painting, the fireworks display, which is set to music, will light up the parkland from 7pm. Nominal admission fees apply.

    When: Sunday 1 November

    Wimbledon Park, London
    Here, there’s a double whammy of displays on the same day: a 6.45pm show suitable for younger children, and an 8.30pm display. There will also be a funfair plus street food stalls. Adults £8.80, Juniors (ages 5-16) £6.60, 4 years and under free.

    When: Thursday November 5th

    Tyne and Wear

    One of the biggest fireworks displays in north-east England is at Segedunum, a Roman fort at the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall. The display starts at 6.30pm, but arrive early as the museum will be free to visitors from 4pm. Entry is free but donations are welcome.

    When: Thursday November 5th

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