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. In many cases there’s also funfairs and food to go with the fireworks. Here’s our guide to displays around the boroughs.
Barking & Dagenham
The council website still says date tbc for the Barking Park fireworks, but the rest of the internet says Saturday 9 November. In fact, the rest of the internet seems far better informed so we’re going to direct you to organisers Barking and East London Round Table: gates open 5.30pm, with a funfair and entertainment from 6pm and fireworks at 8pm. £5 / £1
The 6th Friern Barnet Scouts prove it’s not just cricket in Barnet; their fireworks night is Saturday 2 November at the Frith Grange Campsite in Hendon. Gates at 6pm, display at 7.15pm, tickets £5 / free.
Totteridge Millhillians Cricket Club‘s bonfire and fireworks display is on Friday 8 November. Gates open for food and mulled wine at 5pm, fireworks at 7.15pm. £7 / £5 / family £20.
Finchley Cricket Club opens its gates at 5pm on Saturday 9 November for a bonfire, fireworks, food and games. £4 per person or £10 for a family of 3 or more.
Welling Round Table run Danson Park Fireworks on Saturday 2 November. There’s a funfair and live music from 6pm; fireworks start at 8pm. Tickets in advance cost £6 / £4 or bought on the night cost £8 / £6.
Celebrate Diwali at Neasden Temple on Sunday 3 November. There’s a fireworks display from 8pm in Gibbons Park and hot food stalls open from 1.30pm. Free.
There are two displays at Roundwood Park on Tuesday 5 November: one at 6.30pm for children with the main display at 8pm. All free.
You’re spoiled for choice in Bromley. On Saturday 2 November go to Norman Park for the ‘only real bonfire in Bromley’, lit at 7.30pm with fireworks from 8pm: £6 / £4 / free. Chislehurst Rotary Club‘s fireworks at The Old Elthamians Sports Club start at 7.30pm: adv £5 / £2.50 / £13 family or £6 / £3 on the gate. Beckenham Round Table‘s fireworks at Croydon Road Recreation Ground start at 8pm: £5 / £3 / free.
Crystal Palace Park gates open at 6pm on Tuesday 5 November, with a children’s display at 7pm and bigger bangers at 8.30pm. £6 / £4 / free.
West Wickham Rotary Club sets up at Langley Park School for Girls on Saturday 9 November for a musical fireworks display from 7pm. £6 / £3.50 / free.
Coram’s Fields has a fireworks display for children at 5pm on Friday 1 November, and it’s free.
Once the scene of one of the best displays in London, Primrose Hill is now just a decent vantage point for admiring other fireworks.
City of London
The Lord Mayor’s Show ends with fireworks again this year, starting 5pm on Saturday 9 November. Best views are between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges.
Caterham Round Table‘s firework display, bonfire and torchlight procession takes place on Saturday 2 November in Dene Field. Events start at 6pm, tickets are £4 advance or £5 after 1 November. Or try Beckenham Round Table‘s display on the same night, 6pm start with fireworks at 8pm, £5 / £3.
Music from stage and screen will accompany fireworks at Ealing Cricket Club on Saturday 2 November. Gates open 6pm for the display at 7.30pm. Is it too early for mulled wine? Not if you’re watching whizzbangs in the cold, surely? £6 / £4.
Walker Cricket Ground in Southgate raises funds for its associated charity on Saturday 2 November. Tickets cost adv: £6 / £3 / £15 family or £7 / £4 / £22 family. There’s food, entertainment, rides and fireworks from 8pm.
Enfield Scouts are organising their 39th display in the Town Park – they promise over 10,000 fireworks and half a ton of gunpowder. It’s on Saturday 2 November, doors 6pm, fireworks from 7.30pm, £5 / £3.
The Rotary Club of Enfield has a display on Saturday 9 November at Carterhatch School. Doors open 6.30pm, fireworks from 7.30pm, £6 / £4.50.
We think your best bet is Blackheath.
Nothing round these parts; 2012 was easier with three to choose from in Tower Hamlets, but it’s just Weavers Fields there this year which the council expects to be busy.
Hammersmith & Fulham
Fireworks are superhero themed in Hammersmith & Fulham: first in Bishop’s Park on Friday 1 November, with a children’s display 7.15pm and the big ones at 8pm (£5 adv / £7), then in Ravenscourt Park on Saturday 2 November, same times and prices.
Fireworks are back at Ally Pally! Head up there Saturday 2 November for skating, street food, fair, a German Bier festival and bangers from 8pm. Gates open 2pm, £4-£10.
Head to Gordon Road in Bounds Green for Wild Wolf Explorer Unit‘s annual fireworks on Saturday 9 November. Toast marshmallows, eat candy floss and watch fireworks at 7.30pm. £4 / £3 / free.
The 6th Harrow Scout Group‘s firework display is Saturday 2 November with food, fun and games. Gates open at 5.30pm, fireworks from 7.45pm and get your ticket in advance for £6.50 / £1.
Members of TOWIE set off the fireworks at Romford and Gidea Park Rugby Club on Friday 1 November. Gates open 5pm, tickets adv £6 / £5 or on the night £8 / £5.
The 3rd Havering Scouts fireworks at St James Church in Romford is on Saturday 2 November, from 7pm. £3.50 / £1.50 / family £8.
Hayes Cricket Club‘s fireworks are on Saturday 2 November. Gates open 6pm, fireworks from 7.45pm. £6 / £4 / £15 family.
1st Ickenham Scouts have their display on Sunday 3 November; contact them for more details.
Brunel University holds its annual fireworks night on Tuesday 5 November on the Cemetery pitches. There’s a tropical theme (mind over matter on that one). It all starts at 6pm, £3.50 / £2.50.
Kempton Fireworks go off on Saturday 2 November at 8pm, with gates and funfair from 5.30pm. Tickets are £7 in advance or £9 on the night.
Once again we can’t find any fireworks in Islington. If you know better, tell us in the comments.
Kensington & Chelsea
Maxilla Gardens isn’t holding a fireworks display this year. Maybe nip next door to Hammersmith & Fulham?
Kingston upon Thames Round Table & Rotary Club light up the sky on Friday 1 November at Kingsmeadow Stadium. There’s a funfair from 6.30pm and the display starts at 8pm. Tickets adv £5 / £3 or on the day £6 / £4.
Discover the original story of fire at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, part of the Fire Festival, on Friday 1 November. The bonfire is lit at 7pm, followed by storytelling, gymnasts, artists and Parkour dance ending in a pyrotechnic display. Free.
Fireman Sam will be at Brockwell Park fireworks on Tuesday 5 November, which has a ‘four seasons’ theme with food and entertainment from each. It all starts at 5pm, fireworks from 8pm, and is free.
Blackheath fireworks will be lighting up the sky on Saturday 2 November from 8pm. It’s free, but since Greenwich council pulled funding a few years ago Lewisham has had to appeal for donations. This year a fiver gets you into the draw to press the plunger (closes 5pm on 28 October).
Merton has two displays with the same timings and prices at each. First is Morden Park on Saturday 2 November, then Wimbledon Park on Tuesday 5 November. Gates open 5.15pm, there’s a gentler kids’ display at 6.45pm followed by a larger one at 8.30pm. £8 / £6.
There’s a free display of fireworks and lasers at Wanstead Flats in Forest Gate on Sunday 3 November. Gates open 5.30pm, pyros from 6.30pm and plenty of food available.
Barnardo’s firework display at Barkingside Recreation Ground is Sunday 3 November. The first fireworks, for children, start at 6.30pm followed by another at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 / £3.
Holy Trinity Church in South Woodford has a display on Tuesday 5 November. Doors open 6.30pm, fireworks from 7.30pm, £6 / £3.
Richmond upon Thames
Dress a Guy and take it to Barnes Sports Club on Saturday 2 November for their bonfire and fireworks. The display starts at 8pm, gates from 5.30pm. £10 / £5 / £25 family.
The big one in Richmond is at the Athletic Ground on Sunday 3 November. Fireworks start at 7pm; for £10 you can get a grandstand seat, for the rest it’s £8 / £5.
Totally Richmond rounds up the many other local displays happening.
The Brunel Museum hosts a Midnight Apothecary Bonfire Night special on Saturday 2 November with themed cocktails, firepit, food by BBC Masterchef Julie Friend and sparklers. Doors open 5.30pm, entry £5 (prebook) and includes toasted marshmallows.
Dulwich Sports Club has a bonfire and fireworks on Saturday 2 November with BBQ, mulled wine and real ale. Doors at 5.45pm, display from 7pm. It’s £5 and free for kids under 10.
Southwark’s free fireworks display opens earlier (5pm) and closes later (8.30pm) this year, so more time to enjoy the funfair. It’s at Southwark Park on Tuesday 5 November.
Wallington and Carshalton Round Table put on the Carshalton fireworks, Saturday 2 November. Gates open 5pm, fireworks at 7pm, tickets £5 adv / £7.50. And they want your pallets for the bonfire.
The free display at Weavers Fields starts at 6.30pm on Sunday 3 November for a promised audio-visual extravaganza.
The Royal Gunpowder Mills has a weekend of learning about pyrotechnics and the Guy Fawkes story on 2-3 November, 12-7pm, tickets £9.75 / £7.25.
Watch fireworks explode over Walthamstow Town Hall at Chestnuts Fields on Tuesday 5 November. Gates 6pm, last entry 7.45pm, and fireworks from 8pm. It’s all free.
You have to buy tickets in advance for the Battersea Park fireworks on Saturday 2 November, and it’s cheaper if you buy early: prices start at £6.50 and go up to £10. Gates open at 6pm, the bonfire’s lit at 7.30pm and the fireworks go off from 8pm.
Cleveland Square and Gardens promises a big bonfire on Tuesday 5 November with fireworks from 7.30pm. The mulled wine is always popular so fall in with the gates at 6pm. Get tickets in advance £10 / £5.
What have we missed? Let us know in the comments.
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