Flash. Bang. Wallop. We round up the best firework displays to see with the kids.
It’s that time of year when it all starts to go off big-time outdoors with constant bangs and crackles, night after bloody night. With the dog cowering in the corner and the kids kicking off about wanting to go see what’s happening, we thought we’d put together a list of the top five organised fireworks displays taking place up and down the UK this weekend, all of which are suitable for families. Here are the best firework displays to see with the kids to this weekend.
One of the best displays in London is the Battersea Park event which takes place on the banks of the river Thames on Saturday November 4. Fifty-thousand people will flock to south London for the 22-minute display, which is surrounded by stalls selling all sorts of wintery treats. This one is a little bit pricey at £7-£10 a ticket, depending on where you stand, but under 10s go free. Be warned, all tickets must be bought in advance, even the FREE kids’ ones. Check out enablec.org for more info and to book tickets.
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
As the title suggests, this is more than just a firework display. The Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival takes place over two days, features multiple firework displays, many food stands (all with a Bavarian theme), a proper German Bier festival, and some cracking music curated by Jazzie B and DJ Yoda. What’s more, it kicks off at 3pm this afternoon and continues on Saturday November 4, and is just £11 for adults and £8.50 for kids to get in. Hit fireworks.london for more info.
Buile Hill Park, Salford
The Buile Hill Park firework event this Sunday November 5 is perfect for families. Aimed at parents with toddlers, A Little Sparks in the Park, as it is known, kicks off relatively early at 5.30pm, with the bonfire lit at 7pm, and then a 10-minute firework display at 7.30pm, so you’ll have the little ones tucked up not too long after their normal bedtime. More info at Visit Salford.
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Hopetoun Bonfire and Fireworks Night, South Queensferry
Nobody does a firework celebration quite like the Scots, and the best in show is the Hopetoun Bonfire and Fireworks Night, South Queensferry. Again, this one will set you back a little (Adults £14, Children £7), but with a ‘Game of Thrones’ inspired fire and ice theme, and a stunning extended firework display set against the backdrop of Hopetoun House, you can’t get much better value for money north of the border. More info: Hopetoun.co.uk.
Bonfire and Fireworks, Quex Park Estate, Kent
Each year, the Quex Park Estate holds one of the biggest fireworks displays in the south-west, and this year is no different. The event takes place over four hours from 5pm to 9pm on Saturday November 4 and has a Disney theme for 2017. There’s live music, a massive funfair and, of course, a climactic behemoth of a firework show that will delight adults and children alike. Adults £10, Children £8. Quexpark.co.uk for more details.