Bonfire Night: Five of the best firework displays in England

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
October 18 2016

Remember, remember the 5th of November; once famous for the failed Gunpowder Plot of Guy Fawkes and his associates, but now a more modern association would be with sparklers, fireworks and hotdogs. With most English towns and cities hosting their own bonfire nights, we have selected five of the best fireworks displays across the country in 2016.

1) Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations, East Sussex

Lewes Bonfire Night

Probably the most famous of all the bonfire events in England, the Lewes Bonfire Night feels electric, and perhaps even borderline pagan, with it’s burning of religious and cultural effigies.

Previous years’ bonfires have included effigies of Luftwaffe bombers and Viking long boats, as well as a number of politicians and popes. There is also the striking image of the 17 burning crosses to represent the burning of martyrs of Lewes back in the 16th Century.

Lewes regularly attracts thousands of visitors and can get extremely busy, so is more suited to adults and older children. (5 November)

>>Find more things to do in East Sussex

2) Castle Rising Fireworks, Kings Lynn, Norfolk

Castle Rising Fireworks

In the Norfolk countryside stands Castle Rising. Built in the 12th Century by William d'Aubigny II, the Earl of Arundel, who also owned a number of castles in England, it was predominantly used as an area for hunting before becoming dilapidated in the 16th century.

King Henry VIII then sold it to Thomas Howard, the Duke of Norfolk, who demolished many of the original buildings. It is now owned and managed by his descendant, Baron Howard of Rising, in conjunction with English Heritage.

Its annual fireworks display is a breathtaking, family-friendly event with the backdrop of this ancient castle. Tickets are £7.00 (29 October)

>>See what else is on in Norfolk

3) Kenilworth Castle Fireworks, Warwickshire

Kenilworth Castle Fireworks © Dan Leitch

Kenilworth Castle has a past dotted with royal connections, strategic fortifications and religious links. Once again, like many of England’s castles, it came to rack and ruin in the 17th century however it remained of great interest, even having its own guidebook in the 18th century.

Over the course of the 20th century, under new ownership and substantial funding, work began to build Kenilworth back up to what it is today.

Its fireworks night, run by the Kenilworth Round Table, surrounds the building with an amazing aerial display of colour and all the money raised goes to local good causes.

Tickets are £10 on the gate. (5 November)

>>Uncover more of Warwickshire

4) Kaboom York, North Yorkshire

Kaboom at Castle Howard, York

Billed as North Yorkshire’s biggest fireworks party, Kaboom at Castle Howard is a spectacular fete of pyrotechnics.

Not only do the fireworks light up the famous palace with its amazing architecture, but it also hosts a  vintage fair complete with carousel, fire jugglers, a screening of Monsters Inc for the kids and some top-secret surprises.

This year’s fireworks are sci-fi themed, expect completely out-of-this-world rockets and bangs, and after the fireworks are over the theme continue with a very special outdoor screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Entry to the event is £15 for adults and £10 for children and concessions. (29 October)

>> Plan a city break in York

5) Legoland Windsor Fireworks Spectacular, Berkshire

Legoland Windsor Fireworks

For a truly family fun event, head to Windsor to see the Lego Nexo Knights attempt to defeat the evil Jestro.

With a huge light show as well as the spectacular fireworks, the Legoland displays will be a huge celebration this autumn.

In addition to the fantastic fireworks, there’s a whole park of rides to discover, the 4D cinema and much more. The firework displays run throughout the half-term, right up to the night itself so there’s no risk of missing out any of the action.

Tickets are £43 per person and under 3s go free.  (15, 22, 23, 28, 29 October and 5 November)

>> Find more fun things to do in Berkshire

Melissa Brobby

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