You’ll need to wait until 2021 to see the Alexandra Palace fireworks.
Fireworks displays are starting to bear the brunt of social distancing measures, as a couple of weeks after London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks were cancelled, news has come that Alexandra Palace’s Bonfire Night display won’t happen either. The annual display, which attracts some 90,000 people each year, was deemed unsafe to be held during a pandemic, and so the only sensible decision is, sadly, to cancel 2020’s display.
Louise Stewart, Chief Executive of Alexandra Park & Palace, said in a statement that “Welcoming 90,000 people to the site just can’t happen at the moment. We looked at alternative ways we might be able to host the fireworks, as we have managed to do so successfully with other events over the past few months. Unfortunately, none of these options is financially viable.” There is, unfortunately, no way to make the display happen this year, putting paid to an event which sees colourful rockets exploding above one of the very best views of the city.
Whilst the cancellation of the Alexandra Palace fireworks display is a sad occurrence, they’ve made excellent strides in putting on other events this year. The venue’s first-ever beer garden commanded incredible views of London over the summer, and in the past week they’ve announced a new programme of live music, theatre, and comedy. Meanwhile, Ally Pally’s iconic ice rink has just yesterday reopened to the public, with skating classes and laidback sessions open to guests. So, still plenty to do up at Alexandra Palace – but we’ll await 2021 to see those famous fireworks once more…
In more seasonal news, Winter Wonderland and Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland have both been cancelled, but Kew’s Christmas lights trail and the Tower of London ice rink are both set to return.
Also published on Medium.