Preview: Bonfire Night 2010

By Lindsey Last edited 100 months ago
Preview: Bonfire Night 2010

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There are still plenty of bonfires and firework spectaculars to visit this coming weekend despite Streatham Common and Brockwell Park's displays being axed in favour of one super Lambeth shebang on Clapham Common. Oh, and the failure of the Ally Pally trustees to raise enough cash to go ahead with their much loved bonfire celebrations in Haringey. Blackheath nearly came a cropper too but was saved by a canny eBay auction and some fortunate and generous donations.

Local authority spending cuts are hitting so watch out for entrance fees and advance bookings; the explosions and conflagration must be paid for somehow. Three cheers for the councils who are still mounting free displays and huzzah for the Round Tables, bonfire societies, scout groups and local charities that keep bonfire night a sizzling community event.

If you don't fancy the massed gasps of oohs and aahs in the list below and can't be chuffed to put on a DIY event chez toi, head for one of our city's fine vantage points for a top view of exploding lights all across the capital. Primrose Hill and Alexandra Palace may not be throwing their own parties this year but they're great for spying on others' activities from afar. Likewise, Parliament Hill and Greenwich Park. Leave other suggestions, if you can bear to share them, in the comments please.

To bone up on the history behind it all, book for the Gunpowder, Treason and Plot walk in St James Park on Friday 5th November between 1-2pm.

Full list of bonfire nights and firework displays around London below - please let us know if we've missed any.

Barking Park, IG11 Barnes Sports Club, SW13 Battersea Park, SW11 Beckenham, Croydon Road Recreation Ground, SE20 Blackheath, SE6 Clapham Common, SW4 Bexley, Danson Park, DA6 Ealing Cricket Club, W5 Enfield Town Park, EN1 Fulham, Bishops Park, SW6 Hammersmith, Ravenscourt Park, W6 Kingston, Kingsmeadow, KT1 Morden Park, SM4 Richmond, Athletic Ground, SW13 Roundwood Park, Brent, NW10 Southgate, Walker Sports Ground, N14 Southwark Park, SE16 Totteridge, Millhillians Cricket Club, N20 Victoria Park, E9 Walthamstow, Chestnut Field, E17 Wanstead Flats, E7 Westway, Maxilla Gardens, W10 Wimbledon Park, SW19

Last Updated 01 November 2010