As Autumn settles in and the clocks go back, plunging us into morning and afternoon darkness, there is one final hurrah to be had, Fireworks Night! Marking the anniversary of Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament on 5th November 1605, you can look forward to toffee apples, amazing fireworks displays and trying to take those photos with sparklers.
Whilst we don’t (yet) offer any firework making classes, we love a celebration so we’ve got a run down of five of the best fireworks displays in London this year.
Alexandra Palace, Friday 4th & Sunday 6th November 2016
One of London’s largest and most popular displays, Alexandra Palace also promises a backdrop of some of the best panoramic views of London. Tickets include entrance to a family zone with funfair rides and entertainment, an adult funfair and a street food and craft beer village. If you want to make a day of it there’s also a German Bier Festival with Bavarian Fräuleins, oompah bands, sausages and Lederhosen encouraged (although it’s authenticity may be questioned by our own German and Oktoberfest regular, Max).
Blackheath Fireworks, Saturday 5th November 2016
One of the few major displays that’s free, but get there early as it gets pretty busy. Whilst the local council is happy to treat its locals, donations are welcomed. The event also features a funfair and food and drink stalls.
The Great Fire of London Fireworks, Victoria Park, Sunday 6th November 2016
Another free one, Vicky Park hosts Bonfire Night with an added celebration of the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. There’ll be stalls selling food, mulled wine and other refreshments but no funfair this year.
Richmond Family Fireworks, Sunday 6th November 2016
A family friendly event, Richmond’s display is the biggest in the borough. Choreographed to music, 2015’s display was inspired by Michael Jackson’s greatest hits so this year’s is sure to be even bigger. With a bonfire, sparklers, live entertainment and a funfair, there’ll be food stalls and mulled wine galore. The main event kicks off at 7pm.
Fireworks Night at the ArcelorMittal Orbit, Saturday 5th November 2016
Whilst there are no fireworks at the Olympic Park, it’s weirdest structure, the ArcelorMittal Orbit stays open late giving you an unrivalled view of all the fireworks displays in Hackney and beyond (weather depending). The upside is that the bar will be serving all evening and the slide is open until 8.30pm!
Have fun this Fireworks Night! As usual, we love to hear from you so tag us in your fireworks night pics and let us know what you’re up to!
If fireworks aren’t really your thing check out our top picks of the month here!