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Top Five Bangs this Bonfire Night

29 October 2013 | Mary Howell

Remember remember the 5th November! Mind you, don’t forget the 1st, 2nd or 9th either...

Like Halloween, Bonfire Night awkwardly falls mid-week. Although initially frustrating, this does have its advantages. Events have spread out over the neighbouring weekend, meaning twice the action and half the compromise for you lucky Londoners! Get ready to pack in more oooh-ing and aaah-ing than you can shake a sparkler at.


ALEXANDRA PALACE
Back with a bang, 2nd November

Making a welcome return after four years absence, London’s best known Guy Fawkes celebrations are making up for lost time. Catering to all ages, Ally Pally have gone all out for the Park’s 150th Birthday!

Spread over 9 hours, proceedings are set into motion at 2pm with a family fun fair and discounted ice-skating. As darkness falls, 2013 British Firework Champions Star Fireworks will be putting on the biggest firework, laser and music show in London! Not content yet? Alongside a buzzing street food village, The Great Hall German Bier Festival takeover will keep adults entertained with Oompah bands, DJs and Bavarian waitresses until 11pm.


VAUXHALL PLEASURE GARDENS

The Fire Festival’s finale theatrics, 1st November

Two weeks of Fire Festival events have been building up to a dramatic night of bonfire celebrations. As the bonfire is lit, Tea House Theatre will be artistically narrating the story of fire, gunpowder and treason through movement, music, acrobatics and pyrotechnics.

Climaxing with an outstanding fireworks display at 8pm, Vauxhall’s storytelling and creativity firmly cements it as one of the season’s spectaculars. Other Fire Festival highlights include Mexican Day of the Dead festivities, classic 1920s silent horror screenings and a Monster Mash fancy dress party.


BROCKWELL PARK

Bring summer, spring and autumn to winter, 5th November

Let’s not get bogged down with winter! Lambeth Council’s themed November 5th is based around the four seasons (see you in summer corner, yeah?). Brockwell Park has the perfect spanning green fields to give an unencumbered view of the bespoke firework spectacular, put together by The London Olympics’ firework team.

One of the best, free firework displays in London will be given a healthy dose of carnival antics with stilt walkers, fire dancers, fun fair rides and food and drink! Fireman Sam will be making an appearance to impart fire safety knowledge and, most exciting of all, the organisers have an extra special surprise finale up their sleeve.


BLACKHEATH FIREWORKS
Still pulling in the crowds, 2nd November

With a massive 100,000 spectators travelling from all over London and beyond, there’s got to be something special about Blackheath Fireworks.

It’s the largest free community event in the capital and Lewisham council want to keep it that way! With funding recently being pulled, they’re appealing for donations. Alongside collections online and on the night, they’ve organised a draw you can enter for a fiver to press the plunger on the night! Customary funfair action and food stalls will accompany London’s biggest free fireworks display, starting at 8pm.


LORD MAYOR’S SHOW

Central London marks the start of the Lord Mayor’s tenure, 9th November

Every second weekend of November, The Lord Mayor of London (no, not Boris) and his 800-year-old ceremonial journey to swear allegiance to the sovereign are followed by a huge pageant in a celebration of democracy. The procession starts at 11am, with around half a million on-lookers congregating to marvel at the floats, golden carriages and aircraft fly-bys. After the parade, mooch on over through traffic-less road (a novelty in itself) onto Victoria embankment, the Southbank or anywhere between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges and settle down at a prime spot for the fireworks show along the river.

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