Where To Watch Fireworks In London: Bonfire Night 2012

There’s a huge range of Bonfire Night events this year from big, free for all, council run displays to children’s fireworks, ticketed-only events and fundraising conflagrations. Plus, where councils make cuts, scout groups and charitable community organisations soldier on. Here’s our guide to firework displays around the boroughs.

Bonfire Night photo by Mr Empey

Barking & Dagenham

Barking Park fireworks are organised by the charitable people of Barking and East London Round Table and take place on Sunday 4 November from 4pm with funfair, live music and the all important explosive display from 6pm. Admission £5 adults, under 16s £1.

Barnet

Barnet Council recommend you go to Southgate’s Walker Cricket Ground for your fireworks fix but the 6th Friern Barnet Scouts Group are also putting on a display on Saturday 3 November at Frith Grange Campsite from 6pm. Admission is £5 on the gate, under 11s free but they need donations to make it happen.

Bexley

Danson Park Fireworks are on Saturday 3 November from 8pm thanks to Welling Round Table. Like them on Facebook for updates and to buy advance tickets adults £4, children £3.

Brent

Roundwood Park hosts a free fireworks display on Monday 5 November with gates opening at 7pm and funfair rides on site. Bangers start banging at 8.45pm.

Bromley

Head for Norman Park on Saturday 3 November for a bonfire, fireworks, family funfair and food and drink. Gates open at 5pm, bonfire lighting at 7.30pm and oohs and aahs commence at 8pm. Admission is £5, children aged 3-10 £3, weenie ones free.

Crystal Palace Fireworks light up the southern skies on Monday 5 November with a gentle children’s display at 7pm and the adult booms and bangs set to music from 8.30pm. Tickets are adults £5, children £3 and it’s in aid of St Christopher’s Hospice.

Camden

Coram’s Fields Fireworks are especially aimed at families with young children taking place on Friday 2 November from 5pm. Admission is free but donations to the charity are most welcome.

Primrose Hill is always a popular vantage point for firework watching across the capital.

City of London

The City’s had enough fireworks. There won’t even be any at the Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday 10 November.

Croydon

Beckenham Round Table host fireworks and a funfair on Saturday 3 November at Croydon Road Recreation Ground from 6pm with fireworks at 8pm. Admission adults £5, children £3.

The Sanderstead Rec event is organised by the Rotary Club of Croydon Jubilee, featuring a bonfire and fireworks, children’s rides, stalls and refreshments. Gates open at 5.30pm, with the fireworks display at 7pm. £4.50 in advance or £5 on the gate, free for under-fours.

Caterham Round Table lights a bonfire and sets off fireworks all preceded by a torchlight procession also on Saturday 3 November from 6pm. Procession starts from Westway Common and make its way to the Dene Field (you can buy a torch to take part). Tickets are £4 in advance, £5 on the gate.

Ealing

Ealing Cricket Club’s Glorious Jubilee Fireworks Display takes place on Saturday 3 November from 6pm. This one gets very busy so get there early and start on the mulled wine. Fireworks to music from 7.30pm, tickets are adults £6, under 14s £4.

Enfield

Enfield District Scouts hold their 38th annual display in Enfield Town Park on Saturday 3 November. Gates open at 6pm, fireworks at 7.30pm, funfair till 9.30pm. Buy tickets online: adults £5, children £3, at Enfield Town Library or pay on the gate: adults £6, children £4.

The Walker Cricket Ground Grand Fireworks Event takes place on Saturday 3 November from 5-9pm with a blues band, bar and entertainment for the kids on Waterfall Road, Southgate N14. Buy tickets in advance from the Cricket Ground office, family £14, adults £5, children £3 or pay on the gate: adults £6, children £4.

Greenwich

Cross the borough border and go to Blackheath.

Hackney

Tower Hamlets is your closest bet, with their three free, simultaneous displays in Weavers Fields, Bartlett Park and Millwall Park.

Hammersmith & Fulham

Bonfire night gets a Bond-over at Bishops Park, Fulham on Friday 2 November and in Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith on Saturday 3 November. Expect James Bond music, a funfair, food and family fun. Both hold a children’s fireworks display at 7.15pm with the main event at 8pm. Tickets for both “Nightfall” celebrations are £5, under 5s free.

Haringey

Alexandra Palace is sadly still not hosting bonfire night, but it is a great vantage point if you want to hoik up the hill to watch fireworks exploding all over London. Take sparklers, a hip flask and waterproof blanket.

Wait a week and you can go to the display by Haringey District Scouts & Guides at Scout Park, Bounds Green N11 on Saturday 10 November between 6-8pm. Tickets adults £4, children £3.

Harrow

6th Harrow Scout Group put on a show on Saturday 3 November from 5.45pm with lots of activities: archery, air rifle shooting, tombola, disco, party games and fancy dress, as well as a BBQ. Things explode around 7.45pm at 1a Walton Road. Tickets are £6 in advance only.

Havering

3rd Havering Scout Group host their annual event at St James Church on Saturday 3 November from 7-8.30pm, tickets are adults £3.50, children £1.50 or £8 for a family.

Hillingdon

Choose from Ruislip Rugby Club, Hayes Cricket Club on Saturday 3 November, Ickenham Scouts on Sunday 4 November or the Brunel Fireworks on University Sports Park, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge on Monday 5 November. Check this Hillingdon Times article for more information.

Hounslow

Kempton Fireworks are a huge fiery fundraising event organised by Staines Round Table and Feltham & Hounslow 41 Club and take place on Saturday 3 November. Gates open at 5.30pm, funfair rides start up and fireworks zoom skywards at 8pm. Ticket £6 in advance, £8 on the gate.

Islington

Not a whiff of a cracker round here. Explore a new borough!

Kensington and Chelsea

Just as exciting for drivers on the A40 as kids underneath it, the big bonfire and fireworks display in Maxilla Gardens under the Westway in W10 takes place on Monday 5 November between 6-7.30pm. Watch out for fire jugglers, stilt walkers and lots of Guys made by local kids. It’s free, thanks to Westway Development Trust — get there early for a good patch as it’s not a huge site.

Kingston

Kingston Round Table and Rotary Club join forces to fuel Kingston Fireworks at Kingsmeadow Athletics and Fitness Centre Stadium on Friday 2 November from 6.30pm with fireworks at 8pm. Buy tickets in advance, £5 for adults, £3 for children or pay £6/£4 on the gate.

Lambeth

Lambeth’s displays take place on Brockwell Park and Streatham Park on Friday 2 November from 4pm, with fireworks at 8pm. Both will have funfairs, morris dancers, fire dancers and live music. Both events are free and un-ticketed. Yay!

Lewisham

Blackheath fireworks display goes off on Saturday 3 November, preceded by funfair rides from 4pm, food and drink from 5pm and rockets lit at 8pm. This event is free but please make a donation if you can — look out for the volunteer Blackheath Bucket Brigade.

Merton

Merton puts on two events, both with two displays each night. Go to Morden Park on Saturday 3 November or Wimbledon Park on Monday 5 November. Gates open at 5.15pm and its £8 for adults, £5 for under 16s and free for littl’uns under 4. The kids’ bonfire and fireworks go up at 6.30pm and the big grown-up bangs start at 8.15pm.

Newham

Flock to the free, Olympic themed fireworks on Wanstead Flats including a laser show on Sunday 4 November from 5.45pm, display at 6.45pm.

Redbridge

Be at Barkingside Rec on Sunday 4 November for pyrotechnics over Ilford. There’s a kids display at 7pm and the main fizzles and pops start at 8pm. Gates open from 5.30pm with a children’s funfair. Admission is £4 adults, £2 kids and the event is raising money for Barnados.

Richmond upon Thames

Richmond’s firework displays have been helpfully rounded up by Totally Richmond, including Barnes Bonfire Night on Saturday 3 November at Barnes Sports Club and Richmond’s Annual Family Fireworks at Richmond Athletics Ground (although they’re not cheap so check out the smaller local events too).

Southwark

Southwark Park’s free event takes place on Monday 5 November from 6pm, with fireworks set to music at 7pm.

Sutton

Carshalton Fireworks take place on Saturday 3 November with gates opening at 5pm, Radio Jackie broadcasting live, Admission is £5 if you buy a programme from an authorised retailer before 2 November. £7.50 on the gates (5s and under free).

Tower Hamlets

Fireworks go off simultaneously in Millwall Park, Weavers Fields and Bartlett Park on Sunday 4 November from 7.30pm and they’re all free.

Waltham Forest

Fireworks over Waltham Forest Town Hall are free this year, by way of a thank you from the council for putting up with Olympic disruption this year. Gather in Chestnuts Field behind the town hall in Forest Road, Walthamstow from 5pm on Monday 5 November.

Wandsworth

“London Celebrates” in Battersea Park on Saturday 3 November with bonfire lit at 7.30pm and fireworks going off at 8pm but only if you buy your tickets in advance. The quicker you buy them the cheaper they are; starting from £6.50 (adults and children over 3 alike) until 28 October, £10 if you leave it to the last minute.

Westminster

We thought Westminster was all fireworked out after the Jubilee, Olympics and Thames Festival but then reader CanAmSteve told us about the long running Cleveland Square fireworks, taking place on Monday 5 November form 6pm. The bonfire’s lit at 6.30pm and fireworks go off at 7.30pm. Tickets are only available from the Cleveland Arms pub on Chilworth Street, adults £9, children £5.

It still might be fun to take some sparklers down to the Houses of Parliament though, or go and explore another borough’s bonfires.

Please let us know in the comments if we’ve missed your local bonfire.

Photo by Mr Empey via the Londonist Flickrpool

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  • http://twitter.com/sparticus Mark Walley

    Heads up, Coram’s Fields is in Camden not Westminster.

    • Lindsey

      Quite right, sir – I’ll amend. Thank you

  • Cherry

    Among all these sites, is there anyone really good, more popular and worth watching?

    • Fyce

      Don’t know

  • http://epicfireworks.com/ Epic Fireworks

    Many thanks for this :)

  • CanAmSteve

    Surprised you missed the long-running Cleveland Square fireworks and bonfire in Westminster – between Paddington and Queensway. It’s tickets only (tickets sold – cash only – at the Cleveland Arms pub on Chilworth Street). Food and drink also available.

    • lindsey

      Thanks for the tip off – will add in.

  • Shug

    Without doubt the best firework guide I have ever found! Thanks :)

  • Joker

    For a truly authentic and all out bonfire, head to brockham near dorking for the biggest bonfire night in England. About 45 minutes from Waterloo. It’s amazing!!!!!

  • GUINEVERE

    BATTERSEA PARK RULES

  • sayma

    i live in london i can just peak out of my window and take a look!!!! :) go weavers field!!!!!

  • Dangsoo

    For next year there is the Cassiobury firework display in Watford – free entry and the largest one in Hertfordshire.
    Its always on the saturday closest to the 5th.

  • Total Pyro

    Thanks for the feedback, i’ve posted your firework displays and ideas on our suggestion box.

  • Total Pyro

    Thanks for info, i’ve posted your firework displays and ideas on our suggestion box.