Lighting up the London skies
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 Eventbrite.co.uk.
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.southwark.gov.uk/ 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 Eventbrite.co.uk.
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.