Where to Watch the Fireworks on Bonfire Night

London’s larger fireworks displays tend on the weekend closest to Bonfire Night, but some do take place on Guy Fawkes Night itself. The Resident picks out a few of the best…

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Southwark Park, SE16
Tuesday 5 November
The 15-year-old Southwark Park fireworks display is one of the best displays in London – and one of few in London always held on the very night Guy Fawkes was discovered guarding explosives beneath parliament – remember, remember the fifth of November! Entry is free for local residents but advance tickets are required. Winter home comfort snacks, festive drinks and entertainment will all be on offer. Gates open at 5pm, last entry 6.30pm. Tickets for non-residents are £8.50 for adults, £2.50 for kids (4-17 years), free for ages 3 and under, and £20 for a family ticket.

Wimbledon Park Bonfire & Fireworks
Tuesday 5 November 
Wimbledon Park Bonfire & Fireworks – the twin event of Morden event, which took place on Saturday – has an earlier display for kids and a later display for adults. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm, followed 15 minutes later by a child-friendly fireworks display, and the second fireworks display, set to music, will start around 8.30pm. Fire and light show performers Flame Oz and Halo will also be performing a new warm up act before the main display, and there will also be a small funfair from 5.15pm, street food and a bar, with everything wrapping up at 10pm. Tickets need to bought in advance (adults £8.50, kids aged 5-16 £7 (under-fives free), family tickets £30.
Wimbledon Park, Home Park Road SW19;

Trailfinders Sports Club Fireworks Display, W13
Tuesday 5 November
There’ll be fun for all the family with a spectacular fireworks display, licensed bars, food stalls, stilt walkers and fire eaters at Trailfinders Sports Club Fireworks Display in Ealing. Gates open at 6pm, display starts at 7.30pm. £7 adults, £3 under 14s, parking £5. Buy tickets in advance online or on the gate.
Vallis Way, West Ealing W13 0DD;

Waltham Forest Fireworks Spectacular
Tuesday 5 November
Waltham Forest, 2019’s London Borough of Culture, is hosting a fireworks show set to music curated by DJ Mighty Atom. The display starts at 7.30pm, with tunes inspired by Waltham Forest itself. There will also be a funfair, street food, drink stalls and, of course, mulled wine. The event is free – just turn up!
Chestnuts Field, Waltham Forest Town Hall; 

And beyond…

The fireworks displays still to come

Chiswick Park, W4
Thursday 7 November
The annual free Fireworks Extravaganza at Chiswick Park returns with pre-show entertainment and food stalls from 5pm and a fireworks display synchronised to a great soundtrack from 7pm. Alongside the main event, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices will reignite their hottest event – the Fire Walk – where brave souls walk across burning embers of up to 1,200ºF. The event, which takes place at 6pm and costs £25, requires no training but you will need to sign up at (over 18s only). There will also be a live band, performers, children’s face painters and much more. Chiswick Park firework is one of London’s few free displays.
566 Chiswick High Road W4 5YA;

Highgate Fireworks Festival, N6
Saturday 9 November

Highgate Fireworks Festival has a family-friendly display from 4pm-6.30pm (fireworks at 6pm) and a musical fireworks display with bigger bangs from 7pm-9.30pm (fireworks at 9pm). There will be entertainment galore at this one, with a skatepark, graffiti wall, glitter bar, a disco hosted by a top DJ, bumper cars and a Ferris wheel, as well as street food from the likes of Cheeky Burger, Born & Raised Pizza and Matilda’s Waffles. There will also be a bar inside a heated marquee. Tickets are a little pricey (adults £15, kids £10, under 3s go free), but all proceeds go to two charities – Grief Encounter and Noah’s Ark. No ticket sales on the gate.
Highgate School Sports Field, Bishopswood Road N6 4PL;

Barnes Sports Club, SW13
Saturday 9 November
This one is perfect for people who want to dance into the small hours, as there’s a late-night disco in the clubhouse with music from DJ Disco Danger after the fireworks. There is a Best Guy competition, judged at 6.45pm, and the winner gets to light the bonfire and receives a Family Ticket for the next year’s event. There will also be hot mulled wine, a BBQ selling burgers and hot dogs and a large bar area. Gates open at 5.30pm, bonfire at 7pm, fireworks start at 7.45pm. Sparklers and glow items can be bought on site. Adults £15, kids £5, family £30. Tickets can be bought from the Clubhouse and selected local business (follow link below for more).

Wembley Park, HA9
Sunday 10 November

Wembley Park stages its second Light Up the Night festival this year with fireworks, a lantern parade, fairground rides and a community stage in celebration of both Bonfire Night and Diwali. The lantern parade begins at 6pm on Olympic Way, with giant illuminated butterflies, a magnificent five-metre tall mechanical Fire Bird inspired by the Garuda bird myths found in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain culture, and three brand-new, giant puppets designed by artist Tony Mason. The night’s celebrations will be topped off by an elaborate fireworks display, launching from Engineers Way at 7pm, facing the iconic Wembley Stadium, as well as street food and music at Boxpark Wembley, and Dohl drummers, firework-themed cocktails and light up dancers at London Designer Outlet. 5pm-10pm. Wembley Park fireworks is one of the few remaining completely free Bonfire Night events in London.


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