This is the weekend to keep the pets indoors and your eyes on the skies. Historically the 5th of November is a day to celebrate the failure of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 when Guy Fawkes was stopped from blowing up King James 1st and the Houses of Parliament – hence Guy Fawkes Day or, more commonly now, Bonfire Night.
With air pollution a hot topic at the moment, big fires are less common and it’s a bit un-PC to burn human effigies or ‘guys’ these days. But there are still plenty of explosive displays happening across the capital on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A great opportunity for the family to wrap up warm, enjoy some traditional food and drink and share an “ooh” and “ahh” together.
We’ve pulled together six of the best firework displays local to Attic Self Storage’s branches at King’s Cross in North London and Bow in East London. It’s probably a bit late to book in advance, but check the web links for ticket details or be cheeky and spectate from outside the gates.
Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November. The Fireworks Festival is back with a boom at Alexandra Palace this year. There’s a huge firework display, a laser show, a street food market, a German Bier Festival, a funfair, ice-skating and Day of the Dead Parade. Entrance is £11 for adults and £8.50 for children (ice skating and Bier Festival extra). You’ve probably missed the Friday event by now, but on Saturday the laser show is at 7.30pm with fireworks at 8pm.
Saturday 4th November. Presented by Wild Wolf ESU – The Scout’s will be lighting up the sky at Scout Park Bounds Green. This is a local family-friendly event with food stalls, children's games, marshmallow toasting and two fireworks displays in one evening! The Quiet Display, at 5:30pm, will be slightly smaller in order to be toddler and autism friendly, while the later Feature Display at 8:00pm is the main event, which promises to be decidedly bigger and noisier. Tickets available on the gate – Quiet Display £5 adults, £4 children; Feature Display £6 adults, £5 children (kids under 6 go free).
Saturday 4th November. Highgate School hosts their annual Fireworks Festival on the Senior Field with street food and entertainment in the form of fairground rides, live music and more. Adults £15, Children £10 on the door. Two separate shows: 4:00 – 6:30pm and 7:00 – 9:30pm. Oh dear, apparently the early show has already sold out, so best try the late one.
Sunday 5th November. Fireworks and pyrotechnics light up the skies over Wanstead Flats in Forest Gate for this annual free event. Yes, FREE! Gates open at 5.30pm ready for a 6.30pm display. No need to book. Just turn up to enjoy a dazzling display accompanied by an eclectic mix of music from DJ James Anthony (WNK/Choice FM/Capital Radio/Solar Radio). You’ll find something for your eyes, ears, and taste buds: a great selection of hot food on sale from Thai, Indian and Caribbean to classic hot dogs, burger and chips. Not forgetting coffee, doughnuts and candyfloss.
Saturday 4th November. Clissold Park, Hackney. Including kids fun fair rides, street performers and food and drink stalls. This promises to be a stunning audiovisual event with fireworks synchronised to music. Gates open at 5.30pm and the display starts at 7.00pm. Unfortunately you may find it hard to get tickets at this late date, but check on line for clarification (there seems to be some confusion as to whether it’s on Saturday or Sunday). Tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £2.50 for children who live in the borough; and £8.50 and £3.50 respectively for non-residents.
Sunday 5th November. The council-run display in Victoria Park claims to be London's biggest, with up to 90,000 people expected to attend. And it’s free, free, free! This year’s display will be out of this world – organised by the council’s Arts, Parks and Events Team and produced by Walk the Plank, it’s themed around an exciting sci-fi vibe with a mix of both contemporary and classical tracks synchronised to a dizzying mix of fireworks and special effects. Blasting off at 7pm, join this journey to the stars. Come early to get a good position and grab something to eat or drink. The park will be open earlier in the evening with refreshments available from 5.30pm.
Have a great, safe time this weekend. Wear wellies and wrap up warm. Leave dogs and other pets at home. Don’t take sparklers or personal fireworks with you. Don’t bring alcohol – buy yourself a cup of mulled wine when you get there!
Oh, and don’t forget that these hot dates were brought to you by Attic Self Storage, your friendly local storage company in East and North London, where you can store just about anything.