Lighting up the Lon­don skies

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RE­MEM­BER, re­mem­ber it’s bon­fire night on Novem­ber 5 and in Lon­don we are lucky to have some amaz­ing fire­work dis­plays to watch.

In no par­tic­u­lar or­der of pref­er­ence, we bring you a list of some of the big­gest, best and most pop­u­lar fire­work dis­plays in Lon­don.

Bat­tersea Park Fire­works Satur­day Novem­ber 3

AS many as 50,000 to 60,000 peo­ple will be at the park to see what is con­sid­ered one of the best dis­plays in Lon­don.

The spec­tac­u­lar 22-minute dis­play is put on by award-win­ning pyro-tech­ni­cians Ju­bilee Fire­works and the bon­fire will be lit by the Mayor of Wandsworth Piers McCaus­land

Gates open at 6pm, the bon­fire is lit at 7.30pm and fire­works start at 8pm. There is no en­try af­ter 8pm.

Book tick­ets at

Alexandra Palace Fire­works Fes­ti­val Fri­day Novem­ber 2 and Satur­day Novem­ber 3

ALLY Pally’s Fire­works Fes­ti­val is a two-day ex­trav­a­ganza that in­cludes fire­works and a bon­fire, a Ger­man Beer Fes­ti­val in the Great Hall, a spec­tac­u­lar cir­cus show with high­wire walk­ing out­side, ice skat­ing on the fa­mous ice rink with a spe­cial ice disco af­ter the dis­play, a fun­fair, mu­sic and food and drink stalls.

The gi­ant bon­fire in the fam­ily area is lit each night be­fore the dis­play starts.

On Fri­day, the bon­fire is lit at about 7pm, the laser show starts at 8.30pm and fire­works start at 9pm. On Satur­day the bon­fire is lit at about 6pm, the laser show starts at 7.30pm and the fire­works start at 8pm. Buy tick­ets from See Tick­ets on­line or on 0871 220 0260.

Black­heath Fire­works Satur­day Novem­ber 3

MORE than 80,000 peo­ple de­scend on the open land of Black­heath each year for what is the big­gest free fire­work dis­plays in Lon­don.

There is a fun­fair from noon and food stalls and bars open be­fore the evening’s fire­work dis­play, which lasts about 15 min­utes.

There are three spec­ta­tor ar­eas be­tween Shoot­ers Hill Road and Tal­bot Place, Tal­bot Place and Prince Charles Road and Prince of Wales Road and Shoot­ers Hill Road.

The fun­fair opens at noon, food stalls and bars open at 5pm and the fire­work dis­play starts at 8pm.

Vic­to­ria Park Fire­works, Tower Ham­lets Sun­day Novem­ber 4

THIS year’s theme is Mon­sters at the Vic­to­ria Park fire­work dis­play in Tower Ham­lets.

At least 80,000 peo­ple go along for this free dis­play in the east Lon­don bor­ough. Just turn up – there’s no need to book and it is free.

There is no fun­fair but food and drink will be on sale. Food and drink is avail­able from 5.30pm and the dis­play starts at 7pm.

Wim­ble­don Park Bon­fire and Fire­works Dis­play Mon­day Novem­ber 5

WIM­BLE­DON and Mer­ton Park Fire­works, both or­gan­ised by Mer­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil, to­gether at­tract more than 30,000 peo­ple.

Each are set to mu­sic and in­clude two fire­work dis­plays and two bon­fires, with the first dis­play be­ing more suit­able for young chil­dren.

There is also a fun­fair, food and drink and a bar open un­til 10pm.

First bon­fire is lit at 6.30pm, first fire­work show is at 6.45pm, sec­ond bon­fire is lit at 8.45pm and the sec­ond fire­works show is at 8.30pm.

Mor­den Park Bon­fire and Fire­works Dis­play Satur­day Novem­ber 3

IF YOU pre­fer to see fire­works at the week­end in the bor­ough of Mer­ton then you could head to Mor­den Park.

Like Wim­ble­don, it is set to mu­sic and in­cludes two fire­work dis­plays and two bon­fires, with the first dis­play be­ing more suit­able for young chil­dren. There is also a fun­fair, food and drink and a bar open un­til 10pm.

For Mor­den Park, tick­ets are avail­able on­line with a lim­ited num­ber of tick­ets avail­able on the gate.

First bon­fire is lit at 6.30pm, first fire­works show is at 6.45pm, sec­ond bon­fire is lit at 8.45pm and the sec­ond fire­works show is at 8.30pm

For ticket prices, go to SeeT­ick­ets. com.

Crys­tal Palace Fire­works Mon­day Novem­ber 5

FIRE­WORK shows have taken place in Crys­tal Palace Park for more than 150 years and this year or­gan­is­ers are promis­ing the show will be big­ger and bet­ter than ever.

There will be a mag­i­cal dis­play with fewer bangs for chil­dren at 7pm, fol­lowed by a spec­tac­u­lar light show. The main fire­work dis­play, in­clud­ing chore­ographed lights, will take place at 8.30pm.

Ticket prices are the same as last year but you can only book on­line in ad­vance. Gates open 6pm, chil­dren’s show 7pm, gates close 8.15pm, main fam­ily show 8.30pm.

For ticket prices, go to Gi­gan­tic. com.

South­wark Fire­works Night Mon­day Novem­ber 5

IF YOU live in South­wark Bor­ough you can get a free ticket for this fire­work dis­play but if you don’t, you will still be able to pay for one.

Ev­ery­one has to book on­line whether you are pay­ing for it or not. Tick­ets sold out last year so it’s rec­om­mended you get yours quickly. You’ll need your post­code when book­ing if you live in the bor­ough.

It’s the 15th year of South­wark Bor­ough Coun­cil’s fire­work dis­play and, last­ing about 15 min­utes, it is set to mu­sic. It al­ways takes place on Guy Fawkes Night it­self.

Food drink and en­ter­tain­ment will be avail­able un­til 8pm.

Gates open 5pm, last en­try to the park is 6.30pm.

Go to www.south­ events-cul­ture-and-her itage/ 11375/3219/south­wark-fire­works for ticket in­for­ma­tion.

Lam­beth Fire­works Satur­day Novem­ber 3

THERE will be two dis­plays at Lam­beth Fire­works night this year.

This year there will be an ear­lier fam­ily dis­play, ideal for chil­dren, as well as the main dis­play a bit later, in Brock­well Park.

The fam­ily dis­play will have the theme, Kids Movies, and be chore­ographed to mu­sic from films such as The Great­est Show­man, Trolls, Sing, The Lego Movie, Frozen and Moana.

The later Time Tun­nel dis­play will be set to mu­sic an­thems from the ’90s to to­day, in­clud­ing Rob­bie Wil­liams, Oa­sis, Bey­once and Ed Sheeran.

Your ticket al­lows you to see both shows, which have been de­signed and cre­ated by fi­nal­ists from the 2018 Bri­tish Fire­work Cham­pi­onships, West­worth Kemp.

There will be a fun­fair and more than 30 street food stalls. Gates and fun­fair open from 5pm, Kids’ Movies themed dis­play at 6.45pm, Time Tun­nel themed dis­play at 8pm.

It is rec­om­mended you ar­rive be­fore 7pm and al­low your­self 45 min­utes to get from the gate to your pre­ferred spot. For ticket in­for­ma­tion go to

Light up the Night, Wembley Park Sun­day Novem­ber 4

BON­FIRE Night and Di­wali are cel­e­brated to­gether in one new event at Wembley Park this year called Light Up The Night, which is ex­pected to at­tract crowds of more than 30,000 peo­ple.

The free fam­ily event with fire­works and a light pa­rade in­cludes a pro­ces­sion of 20 fire torches and hun­dreds of lanterns, as well as Dhol drum­mers, neon dancers and a me­chan­i­cal ele­phant.

There will also be Bol­ly­wood Brass Band, Doc­tor Krono­va­tor’s Fire Lab­o­ra­tory, gi­ant il­lu­mi­nated but­ter­flies, three per­for­mance stages in Mar­ket Square and a Night Food Mar­ket.

Af­ter the pa­rade, a light show from Wembley Sta­dium Arch will kick off a 12-minute fire­work dis­play over Wembley Park, chore­ographed to a sound­track of In­dian mu­sic.

The light pa­rade be­gins at 6pm on En­gi­neers Way. The light show from Wembley Sta­dium Arch starts at 6.55pm and the fire­work dis­play over Wembley Park starts at 7pm. Dance and per­for­mances start at 4pm. The event is free.

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