It feels a bit weird writing about Bonfire Night events as I sit in my garden, sunnies on, no jacket and no signs of browning leaves part-way through October, but we move. Why? Because we bloody love autumn. I’m that person who insists on cracking out the knits come September 1st every year, ready for pumpkin-picking fun, toffee apples galore, and a Harry Potter marathon. So you bet your ass I’m excited for Bonfire Night this year – in particular, the freshly announced Fellowship Square light show – which is set to land in Waltham Forest (AKA Walthamstow) in a matter of weeks.
Set against the backdrop of the lovely Waltham Forest Town Hall, the Waltham Forest Light Show Spectacular promises a little something for everyone this coming Bonfire Night – from awe-inspiring light displays to street food and plenty of winter tipples.
Offering a more ‘environmentally conscious’ event in lieu of the more traditional fireworks and bonfire, guests will be able to watch projections and fire effects backed by an original musical performance, paired with ‘mesmerising sound and visual storytelling’. We’re in for a treat, too, since organisers have pulled in serious talent previously behind huge events such as the Tower Bridge Blackout, Christmas at Kew, and the Mayor of London’s City Lights festival.
Additionally, there’ll be tons of performances in store – with an eclectic lineup of talented artists such as international street performers Fool’s Paradise, East London’s Drum Works, 7ft tall elevated Ice People, stilt-walking Lightwalkers, ballet dancers, and even fire jugglers, many of which will be parading through the crowds to provide immersive entertainment.
KERB+ and Big Penny will be bringing the food and drink, including a street food market packed full of some of London’s best independent food traders (although we’re yet to get a mouth-watering preview as to which will be in attendance), alongside a full-service bar at Big Penny Social – which will be housed in a house marquee and be filled with locally-brewed Big Penny beers, mulled wine and cider. Big Penny brewery has also brewed a special, limited-edition beer, especially for the light show.
The event will take place for three days only between November 3rd-5th, with two shows daily starting at 3.30pm with a light display at 5.30pm, and 7pm with a light display at 9pm.
Tickets start at just £5 and are on sale now.