We look at the biggest, brightest Guy Fawkes Night events around the country – and some great places to stay nearby. Note that some events take place the weekend prior to 5th November to correspond with Halloween.
Fireworks at Meadowbank, Edinburgh
5 Nov 2016
The biggest fireworks display in the Scottish capital has a sci-fi theme this year, with families invited to dress as their favourite character from the likes of Back to the Future, Star Wars, X-Men, Iron Man and Star Trek to be in with a chance of winning a prize. It’s a ticketed event; another option is to go up on Arthur’s Seat or Calton hill for an overview of the fireworks going off all over the city.
Stay: Holyrood Aparthotel
Kaboom, Castle Howard, Yorkshire
29 Oct 2016
Against the backdrop of the splendid country home (illuminated for the occasion) and reflected in the Great Lake, Castle Howard’s fireworks display will be on a sci-fi special effects theme this year, and followed by an exclusive outdoor screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Or for younger kids, Monsters Inc will be shown before the fireworks. There'll also be fairground rides, a 'sparkler park', live entertainment, fire jugglers, carnival performers and seasonal goodies to eat and drink.
Stay: A choice of family-friendly Yorkshire cottages (with an exclusive discount for Takethefamily readers), or The Lawrance Luxury Aparthotel, York.
5 and 6 Nov 2016
This stately home’s magnificent gardens are hosting a spectacular event including two fireworks displays on each night – one with a Disney Classics soundtrack for kids. There'll also be live glacial art by ice sculptors, stiltwalkers, live bands and traditional Bonfire Night food and drink.
Stay: Darwin Country Forest Park or a cottage on the Chatsworth Estate.
Light Up Lancaster, Lancashire
4 and 5 Nov 2016
This free light and art event illuminates the historic country town and its castle over two nights, with shadows, fairies and projections, creative activities, talks, tours and workshops, and dazzling performances. It all culminates in a firework extravaganza lighting up the skyline and landscape.
Stay: Waterwheel holiday cottage in the Forest of Bowland (with an exclusive discount for Takethefamily readers), or the Inn at Whitewell.
Firework Festival Weekend, West Midlands Safari Park, Worcestershire
5–6 Nov 2016
Two nights of fireworks, bonfires, late-night rides and themed music at this drive-through zoo will be accompanied by access to the animatronic Land of the Living Dinosaurs displays, Reptile World, Twilight Cave, SeaQuarium and Creepy Crawlies and the chance to watch a sea-lion show (the wildlife park itself will be closed). Other frivolities include a hog roast and a disco in Tree Tops pavilion.
Stay: The Elms County House Hotel & Spa.
Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks, Royal Gunpowder Mills, Essex
5–6 Nov 2016
Nowhere could be a more fitting location for a firework display than a former gunpowder factory – and at this historic site in Waltham Abbey you can also watch a theatre and science shows, mingle with 17th-century characters and try out the funfair rides.
Stay: The Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire.
Fireworks Spectacular, Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire
29 Oct 2016
This vast estate comprising the National Motor Museum, Palace House and Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey and the World of Top Gear is hosting an event that opens in the daytime, giving you time to explore one or more of the attractions or just enjoy the old-time fairground rides, including a big wheel, gallopers and a coconut shy. In the evening there’s Music from the Movies themed fireworks (dress up as a film character to with in with a chance of a prize) and live entertainment.
Stay: New Park Manor Hotel or Go Active Oakdene Forest.
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival, London
4–5 Nov 2016
The British capital’s biggest and best fireworks displays takes place against glittering panoramic views of the city and includes a German bier festival, a laser show, ice-skating and a family area with rides and stalls.
Stay: Citadines Holborn or One Aldwych Hotel.
Lewes Bonfire Celebrations, Sussex
5 Nov 2016
In an event commemorating both the uncovering of the Gunpowder Plot and the martyrdom of 17 Protestants, the 'Bonfire Celebrations Capital of the World’ hosts a wave of torchlit processions organised by local bonfire societies. All have their own traditional costumes (from Mongol warriors to Tudors) and carry large effigies, including Guy Fawkes and Pope Paul V. Involving 17 burning crosses carried through the town, prone to crowding and culminating in five separate bonfire displays, the event isn’t recommended for young children or those pushing buggies – and parking is impossible unless you arrive very early in the day.
Stay: A choice of child-friendly cottages in Sussex (exclusive discount for Takethefamily readers).
Polperro Spectacular Firework Display, Cornwall
5 Nov 2016
The harbour and surrounding pathways of this fishing village form a delightful amphitheatre from which to watch the annual firework display over Peak Rock and the English Channel. Other features include a BBQ, beach bonfire and Guy Fawkes competition.
Stay: A choice of cottages in Cornwall (exclusive discount for Takethefamily readers).
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