Bonfire Night: Five free fireworks displays to attend

For a safe and spectacular way to celebrate, head to any of these events

BONFIRE NIGHT: Free fireworks displays are taking place across the country

BONFIRE NIGHT is fast approaching. While the official day falls on November 5, marking the anniversary of Guy Fawkes’ foiled plot to blow up parliament in 1605, events are taking place across several days.

If you want to enjoy the bright lights, without having to set up a display yourself, here are five free fireworks events to attend around the country.

1. Blackheath, south east London

The biggest free display in London, Blackheath Fireworks have been an annual event for more than 30 years. This year will include a funfair from 12pm and food and drinks will be available to purchase from 5pm.

The fireworks display will start at 8pm and last approximately 15 minutes.

Find out more here.

2. Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets

This popular display will take place on Sunday November 3 between 7 and 8pm in Victoria Park. This year’s theme is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The display is free to attend and no booking is required so you can simply turn up and enjoy the bright lights and space-themed celebration.

While there will not be a funfair or any other activities taking place on the site, but food and refreshments will be on sale.

Find out more here.

3. Silvertown Quays, Royal Docks

Taking place on Saturday November 2, Newham’s fireworks display will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

But unlike the identically themed Tower Hamlets display, it will feature a children’s funfair and entertainment from Lord’s of Lightning. There will also be food and drink on sale – including mulled wine. Music will be provided by Heart FM’s DJ Roberto.

Find out more here.

4. Etihad Stadium, Manchester

This fireworks display takes place at the Etihad Stadium, the home of Manchester City football club, on October 31. It’s free to attend and will also feature a funfair between 5.30pm and 9.30pm, with the main event starting at 7.30pm.

Find out more here.

5. River Mersey, Liverpool

Part of the nine-day River of Light festival, this fireworks display will take place on the River Mersey on November 3.

Expect music and illuminated art before the fireworks take to the skies in two simultaneous displays in Liverpool and New Brighton.

The main event will begin at 6.30pm but it’s advisable to head to the waterfront beforehand to soak up the atmosphere and grab your spot.

Find out more here.

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