The Best Free Fireworks in London 2019

Billie Manning

As Brits, we all enjoy our odd traditions, like commemorating the night Guy Fawkes attempted to take down the government with a few barrels of explosives by burning his effigy and letting off fireworks, but it seems to be getting pricier and pricier to do so every year. Here are the Bonfire Night celebrations which won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Wembley Park’s Light Up the Night
Brent’s Light Up the Night is a big, glittering celebration of the borough’s cultural diversity, combining the best of two festivals centred on fire and light, Bonfire Night and Diwali. The annual event features three stages of live performances, nine (nine!) fire installations and a fire and light parade as well as the firework display towards the end of the evening, so you get a lot of bang for zero bucks!

Light Up The Night, Wembley Park, Wembley, HA9 0EG
Sunday 10 November, 4pm - 8pm, firework display at 7pm

Royal Docks Newham
Newham is also taking inspiration from the moon-landing anniversary this year with a scintillating series of fireworks set off from the top of the post-industrial Millennium Mills. The display is a free event organised by Newham Council in partnership with the Royal Docks Team, which was established by the Mayor of London and Mayor of Newham to redevelop the Royal Docks. A dramatic soundtrack will accompany the dazzling displays, carefully selected to evoke an exhilarating journey through space.

Newham Fireworks, Silvertown Quays in the Royal Docks, E16 2BU
Saturday 2 November, 6pm onwards, firework display at 7.30pm
Coram’s Fields
Coram’s firework display is very family friendly, starting nice and early at 6pm (get there by half 5 latest to ensure you catch them) and always has lots of kids in attendance - hiding in the playground's building is a possibility if the bangs get too loud. The event is free, but there’s also the opportunity to buy premium viewing zone tickets, with the proceeds going directly back into Coram’s work with children and young people. Otherwise, just turn up with a smile and have a good time! 

Coram's Fields Fireworks, 93 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1DN
Friday 1 November, 3.30pm - 6pm, firework display at 6pm

Lewisham council has a full day of free-entry fun planned for everyone to enjoy. Get some thrills and spills with the little ones at the funfair, open from midday, and then sate any rumbling tummies and thirsty mouths with food stalls and pop-up bars from 5. The full display will be on later at 8, which means you can get a whole evening of fun in with any little ones who aren’t so keen on the noisy part of the night before it begins.

Lewisham Fireworks, Blackheath, SE3 0TY
Saturday 2 November, from midday, firework display at 8pm

Victoria Park
Victoria Park’s fireworks are always a popular choice for East London residents, and this year’s display doesn’t just stand out from the throng for its kindness to your wallet, but also for its theme, which is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The spaced-out display will be accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack, as well as strobe and flashing lights, so you’re sure to feel the spirit of Buzz Aldrin on the night.

Tower Hamlets Fireworks, Victoria Park, Grove Road, E3
Sunday 3 November, 5.30pm - 9pm, firework display at 7pm

Southwark's bonanza is one of the few firework displays in the capital to fall on the very night Guy Fawkes was discovered with explosives beneath parliament. Southwark’s fireworks display has been named as one of the best in the capital, and this year’s promises another superlative show, uniquely synchronised to music. Though the display is free to residents of the borough, if you live outside of Southwark’s postcode area you'll have to fork out a bit of cash - either way, make sure you grab a ticket in advance.

Southwark Fireworks, Southwark Park, SE16 2UA
Tuesday 5 November, 5pm - 8.30pm, firework display at 7pm

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