Where To Go On Bonfire Night

It’s almost that time of year where we light the touch paper and retire a safe distance…or, alternatively, stand around and watch someone else do it.

Guy Fawkes’ legacy has many London links across the ages. On 5 November 1605, Londoners were encouraged to celebrate King James I’s escape from assassination at the hands of Fawkes and his twelve cohorts; over four hundred years later, his inspiration is apparent on the faces of many an Occupy London protester.

After a summer blighted by a night of rioting, Enfield Town will be seeing a second fiery conflagration with next Saturday’s event being held by the local scouts. Kudos goes to Tower Hamlets who will be holding three separate displays across the borough, all of them free. On the other hand, you may want to keep your powder dry for a week and wait for the official Lord Mayor’s Fireworks Display on 12 November.

The harsh economic climate has made its mark again: as per last year, there will be no fireworks over Streatham Common and Alexandra Palace but there will be a display at Brockwell Park to mark the bicentenary of Brockwell Hall.

Please be careful out there: with Bonfire Night falling on a Saturday for the first time in five years, firefighters are expecting it to be busier than usual. If you want to see the fireworks from an even safer distance than most people, or you want to enjoy a panoply of pyrotechnics, there are plenty of vantage points around the capital with good views including Primrose Hill, Greenwich Park and Parliament Hill. Whatever you do, wrap up warm as the BBC are predicting showers and “rather windy conditions”.

All displays are on Saturday 5 November except those marked * (Friday 4 November) and ** (Sunday 6 November).

North London

Barham Park – FREE

Enfield Town – £6 adults, £4 children, online discounts available

Totteridge – £7 adults, £5 children, £20 family

Walker Ground, Southgate – £5 adults, £3 children, £14 family

South London

Battersea Park – £6 adv, £10, under-10s go free

Beckenham – £5, £3 concessions and under-16s, free to under-5s

Brockwell Park, Lambeth  – FREE

Blackheath – FREE, donations appreciated

Carshalton  – £4 adv, £6

Chislehurst – £6 adults, £3 children (£5/£2.50 adv)

Crystal Palace – £5 adults, £3 children 5-13, free to under-5s

Danson Park, Bexley – £5

Morden Park, Merton – £7 adults, £5 children 4-16, free to under-4s, £20 family ticket

Norman Park, Bromley  – £5 adults, £3 children 5-16, free to under 5s

Southwark Park – FREE

Wimbledon Park, Merton – £7 adults, £5 children 4-16, free to under-4s, £20 family ticket

East London

Barking Park – £5 adults, £1 under-16s

Barkingside – £4 adults, £2 children, £10 family ticket

Bartlett Park – FREE

Millwall Park – FREE

Waltham Forest – £4 adults, £3 children

Wanstead Flats, Newham – FREE

Weavers Field – FREE

West London

Barnes Sports Club – £10 adults, £5 children, £20 family ticket

Ealing Cricket Club – £6 adults, £4 under-14s

Kingston – £6 adults, £4 children, fre to under-5s (£4/£3 adv)

Ravenscourt Park – £6, adv £4, free to under-5s

** Richmond – £10 adults, £5 children, £30 family ticket (£8/£5/£25 adv)

* Westway – FREE 

Photo (c) Ray Wise from our Flickr pool.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/colinwren Colin Wren

    I highly recommend Morden Park’s display go there every year.

  • Glyn

    There’s one in Cleveland Square in Paddington. Buy tickets in advance from the Cleveland Arms pub.  http://www.clevelandsquare.org/fireworks

  • http://twitter.com/darryl1974 darryl1974

    Greenwich Park’s closed after dark. Maybe you’re thinking of The Point instead? http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?gcx=c&q=point+hill&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&sa=N&tab=wl