Fireworks: Guide to Displays

The Battersea Park display is one of the biggest in London Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/

NORTH

Brent fireworks, Roundwood Park, November 5

North London residents can expect some tradition this year with Brent’s annual display taking place on the night itself at Willesden’s Roundwood Park. The fireworks are a little later than some at 8:30, but you can expect a range of fairground rides to keep the kids entertained while you wait.

Monday November 5 @ Roundwood Park, NW10 3SH. Admission is free. Display at 8:30pm.

Walthamstow Fireworks, November 5

If you’re on the other side of the capital’s northern block, you needn’t worry as Walthamstow’s fireworks also take place on Monday 5. Head down to Chestnut Showground where the gates are open from 5pm with fun fair rides and other activities for families.

Monday November 5 @ Chestnut Field, Walthamstow Town Hall, Forest Rd, E17 4JF. Admission is free. Gates from 5pm.

SOUTH-EAST

Crystal Palace, November 5

Last year saw Bonfire Night rather conveniently fall on a weekend, so perhaps this isn't one for people who have to be up bright and early on Tuesday morning. However, Crystal Palace has organised an earlier children's display, which might be slightly less intimidating for small ears and also means you won’t have to drag them out of bed the next day. However, with the fairground rides on offer, the little ones may have other ideas.

Monday November 5 @ Crystal Palace, Thicket Rd, SE20 8DT. Admission from £3, under 5’s go free. Gates open 18:00, children’s display @ 19:00 and main display @ 20:30.

Southwark Park, November 5

South Londoners are spoilt for choice this year with different displays spread out over the Bonfire Weekend. Southwark Park – a popular choice with locals – takes place on Bonfire Night itself, is also free to get in to and will have a range of hot food and drink stalls on hand for refreshments.

Monday November 5 @ Southwark Park, Rotherhithe, SE16. Admission is free. Gates 6pm, display @ 7pm.

SOUTH-WEST

Richmond Fireworks, November 4

This is a real favourite for locals with its very family-friendly atmosphere (group tickets are available) coupled with a top quality display. This year there's a 'Best of British' theme: set to patriotic music, it will celebrate this year's numerous achievements with competitions and dance performances. As well as the spectacular fireworks there'll be mulled wine and a tasty hog roast to warm the cockles, not to mention funfair rides for the kids.

Sunday November 4 @ Richmond Athletic Ground, Kew Foot Rd, TW9 2SS. Tickets from £5 (Under 5s go free). Gates open at 4:30, main display at 7pm. For advance tickets call 0208 940 0397.

Wimbledon Park, November 5

Taking place on Bonfire night itself, this south-west option is super child-friendly with an earlier display at 6:45pm that won't disrupt too many bedtimes. Each display – the main one will be at 8:45pm – will be accompanied by the lighting of bonfires and set to music. Stalls and fairground rides will be open til 10pm.

Monday November 5 @ Wimbledon Park, Revelstoke Rd, SW19 7HU. Tickets from £5 (Under 4s go free). Gates open at 5:15.

EAST

Weavers Fields, November 4

With the popular Victoria Park fireworks called off once again this year, locals and visitors alike are in need of some other east-side displays. Luckily, Tower Hamlets Council have organised three other events, and a good alternative is the Weavers Fields display in Bethnal Green, which is free to get in to and is sure to be more of an intimate, low-key event.

Sunday November 4 @ Weaver’s Fields, Viaduct Street / Vallance Road, Bethnal Green, E2. Admission is free. Display at 19:30.

Bartlett Park, November 4

For those who fancy watching the lights a little nearer the river, the Bartlett Park fireworks in Limehouse are another good choice for former Victoria Parkers. Admission is again free, and the early display and friendly community atmosphere makes it a good destination for families.

Sunday November 4 @ Bartlett Park, Upper North Street, E14. Admission is free. Display at 19:30.

WEST

Cleveland Square Fireworks, November 5

If you’re up for something a little less crowded and slightly more exclusive, then Cleveland Square should be your destination. The event, organised by Cleveland Square and Gardens Resident’s Association, will have a barbecue as well as beer, soft drinks and homemade mulled wine on offer for guests to accompany the main display. If this sounds like your type of thing, make sure you buy your tickets in advance from the Cleveland Arms on Chilworth Street, as no tickets will be available on the gate.