Bonfire Night 2021 will soon be filling the skies of London with light and colour, and you can have your pick of the best shows in town. While the offering is a damn sight better than 2020, which was heavily affected by Covid-19, some big-hitters (think Blackheath, Victoria Park and Clissold Park) have been forced to cancel once again.
So here’s a list of where you can find some fireworks in London this year (sorry, east London), and our fingers will remain crossed that 2022 brings us a cancellation-free year of firework displays.
1) Alexandra Palace, November 6
Entry: Saturday 4pm – 10.45pm
Firework Display start: 8pm.
Ally Pally aren’t satisfied with just delivering a fireworks display, so they’re taking Bonfire Night a step further. What they’re promising is a fireworks festival and a proverbial feast for the senses. Aside from the main event, you can scoff your face in the StrEATlife Village or skate your socks off at the Ice Disco. Add to your experience by grabbing a ticket for the German Bier Festival, where Oompah Band and Spice Girls Tribute Act, Wannabe, will get you up and dancing. Award-winning BBC DJ Trevor Nelson will be on hand at StrEATlife village to give you the best soul, garage and R&B tunes on Saturday night. Get your tickets here.
2) Harrow Fireworks, November 6
Entry: 12pm – 11pm
Firework Display start: Pre-show 7.30pm, with fireworks straight after (approx. 7.45pm for 20 minutes).
Price: FREE until 3pm. Later: standard tickets £7.50 (plus booking fee).
While standard tickets are pretty cheap, VIP tickets (£24.95) include fast track entry, a free ride token, a meal from a food outlet, access to the VIP area and front row viewing area. Either way, it’s a worthwhile purchase for eleven hours of fireworks and fun! Cultural entertainment, and Indian Henna Art will also celebrate the beautiful festival of light, Diwali! Grab your tickets here.
3) Beckenham Fireworks At Croydon Recreation Ground, November 6
Fireworks: Quieter display for younger children at 6pm, followed by a main display at 7:45pm
Price: £10 Adults, £5 Children.
A community-led event that has taken place for the best part of 70 years, the fireworks at Beckenham are a sight to behold. Promising fun for the entire family, with two displays, the event at Croydon Recreation Ground boasts tasty food stalls, face-paints and a funfair. Plus, all proceeds from the event go towards local charities. Grab your tickets on the gate, and find more information here.
4) Battersea Park Fireworks, November 6-7
Entry: Saturday 6pm (last entry 8pm), Sunday 5pm (last entry 7pm).
Firework Display start: 8pm
Price: Standard ticket – £12.10 (children under 10 go free), Afterparty – £16.50 (18+).
Back with a bang (and an extra bloody day at that!) is the lively Battersea Park fireworks. Usually a one-day affair, they’ve doubled their time to incorporate the first Family Sunday, which starts earlier (5pm entry; 7pm fireworks) and includes a spanking new lighting installation, the Vortex Flow, created by an international group Squid Soap, who have previously displayed their work at Sydney Opera House, Burning Man Festival and the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
Prior to this, however, is the usual Saturday night shenanigans; with fireworks from Titanium Pyrotechnics who also happen to be the creative minds behind the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. Plus, there’s a hell of an afterparty planned, with Evolution London transformed into a German “Bierkeller”, boasting a live band, steins and bumper cars. Find it immediately after the fireworks within the park at Evolution London. Get your tickets to the firework display and/or afterparty here.
5) Morden Park, November 5
6) Wimbledon Park, November 6
Entry: 5.15pm – 10.00pm
Firework Display start: 5:15pm gates open; 6:45pm fireworks (first show), 7:15pm gates open; 8:30pm fireworks (second show)
Merton Borough Council are bringing back the big guns this year, with four firework displays across two locations. Steady on, Merton! Morden Park will play host first, before Wimbledon Park takes the stage a day later. Each event has two displays, one at 5:15pm and one at 7:15pm. Though the 5.15pm show is intended for children, the theme is Disney this year…(which, we can all agree, is just as suitable for adults). The later show’s musical theme is James Bond, so have your tuxedos and suave poses at the ready. Get your tickets here.
7) Chiswick Park Firework Extravaganza, November 4
Price: FREE (registration required)
A cosy weeknight display is being held on Guy Fawkes Night-eve, with plenty of food a drink to accompany a musical showing of fireworks. Plus a Charity Firewalk on the night to raise money for the local Hounslow Action for Youth (HAY) charity (find out more and book here). Secure your free spot at the event here.
8) Barnes Sports Club, November 6
Celebrate with the traditional Bonfire, hot mulled wine, a large bar, and a BBQ selling burgers and hot dogs. Listen to music from Barnes Sports Club’s favourite DJ – and don’t forget to dress for your chance to win the best Guy Fawkes lookalike competition! Get tickets here.
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