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Fireworks on the horizon!

27 October 2018 | London Calling

The nights are drawing in – but that’s no bad thing if you’re a fan of fireworks! Here are some of the best places to “remember remember” this November.

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
For a truly dazzling experience, why not seek out the luxurious backdrop of a stately home? With a blazing bonfire and two glittering displays – the earlier one set to music from popular children's films – Chatsworth House is pushing the boat out this November. Other highlights include live music, circus performers and all manner of hearty food.
 
Photo credit: Chatsworth House via their website

For more information and to book tickets, see here.

Light Up festival, Lancaster
If you love things that sparkle but aren't so big on bangs, head to Lancaster where illuminations will transform the city into a glowing piece of art during Light Up festival.

The after-dark multi-artform trail is open from 2-3rd November, with (noisy) fireworks on Saturday.

Photo credit: Light Up via their website

More information can be found here.
 
Polperro, Cornwall
The little harbour at Polperro perfectly frames this display, where fireworks shoot upwards from Peak Rock and reflections shimmer along the water.
 
Cars aren’t allowed in the narrow village streets, so drivers will need to park around a half mile away from the centre – but we think it’s well worth the effort!
 

Photo credit: @jfathers via Twitter

For more information, see here.


Cambridge
Cambridge City Council has been running this FREE and hugely popular event for over 20 years. Expect food stalls and fairground rides before fireworks at 7pm, followed by the lighting of the bonfire. The event is free but organisers encourage a donation of £3 to secure its future.

Photo credit: John Scott
For more information, visit the website here.

Bridgwater Carnival, Somerset
Many people have heard of Lewes, but a lesser-known town that really comes to life this time of year is Bridgwater, the “home of Carnival” as the town sign declares from the roadside.

Their annual Guy Fawkes celebration sees a train of whirling colourful light process through the town. You may also see signs warning of ‘squibbing’ – a unique tradition dating back to 1700 that involves setting off multiple fireworks tied to broom handles, sending impressive showers of sparks into the streets. Not for the fainthearted.

Photo credit: Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival via Facebook

More information can be found here.

Fireworks at the Fort, Tyneside
Romans may not spring to mind when you’re choosing a fireworks display – but at Segendum Fort it’s well worth mixing your history to watch the sky light up over the River Tyne and this former Roman stronghold on Hadrian’s Wall.
 
Visitors can explore the museum (and have a bite to eat in its café) before choosing a spot outside to watch the display at 6.30pm. With drop-in family craft activities and a rogue Roman soldier for good measure, this is sure to be a Bonfire Night of historic proportions. 
 
Entry to the museum is FREE, with a suggested donation of £2

Photo credit: @SegedunumFort via Twitter 

For more information, see their website.

Alexandra Palace, London
For many Londoners, Ally Pally is the paramount of fireworks and a must-see. They’ve been lighting London’s skies with explosions of colour for over 150 years!
 
And for those looking for something a bit more low-key, you could always watch from a nearby hill…
 
 
More details and tickets here.
 
 
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