Sparklers at the ready! It’s that time of year again where we brave the cold and get our best oohs and aaahs ready to admire the fireworks. I used to love fireworks night when I was a kid and I can’t wait to create similar lovely memories for my little ones. Here are some bonfire night and firework displays in Loughton, Abridge, Chigwell, Waltham Abbey and North and East London.
FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER
The Fireworks Party will be feature a hog roast and other hot food, a licensed bar and disco at The Squadron. There’ll be a traditional bonfire and weather permitting there will also be tethered hot air balloons as well as the fireworks display.
Time: Gates open at 5pm
Tickets & booking info: £2 per person, tickets available to buy in advance from The Squadron and you can also pay on the gate.
Address: North Weal Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald CM16 6HR
Further information: North Weald Facebook page
FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER & SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER
Fireworks display set against the backdrop of a view of London with a laser show. The giant bonfire is on the lower field and there’s also ice skating sessions available throughout the festival. The family area will have rides, stalls, family-orientated food and drink plus facepainting for the little ones.
There’ll also be a German beer festival with live music and DJs, a Day of the Dead Parade on each day (Friday at 6.45, Saturday at 5.45). There’ll be food from over 40 of London’s street food vans and multiple bars.
Time: Friday gates 4pm, laser show starts 8.35pm and fireworks at 9pm. Saturday gates 3pm, laser show starts at 7.35pm and fireworks at 8pm.
Tickets & booking info: £11 adults, £8.50 child, family tickets available. Tickets available online here
Address: Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
Further information: Alexandra Palace website
SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER
ST JOHN’S CHURCH, LOUGHTON
Capacity is limited for this popular display so while tickets are available on the door, it is recommended to book tickets in advance. Refreshments are available during the interval, no parking is available on site and sparklers are not allowed
Time: Gates open 6pm, bonfire 6.45pm, fireworks 7pm
Tickets & booking info: £6 adults, £3 children, £15 family (2 adults & up to 3 children). Tickets available on the door, from parish office or from church hall on the day from 10am – 1pm.
Address: St John’s Church, Church Lane, Loughton IG10 1PD
Further information: 020 8532 0060 firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as a firework display set to music there will be live singers and a DJ. Food will be available from a BBQ and there will be a bar and a photo booth, face painting and a sweetie stall.
Time: From 6pm, fireworks display 7.30pm
Tickets & booking info: £10 adults, £5 children, tickets available on the door or buy in advance online
Address: Woolston Manor, Abridge Roadg, Chigwell, IG7 6BX
Further information: Woolston Manor website
SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER & SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER
Celebrate bonfire night over the weekend with The Guy Fawkes Experience, theatre performances, science shows and 17th Century characters, a funfair and a firework display.
Time: Guy Fawkes Experience from 2pm, fireworks display 7pm, last entry 6.30pm
Tickets & booking info: Adult £9.75, £7.75 child (3-15), free under 3s. Pre-booking advised
Address: Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY
Further information: www.royalgunpowdermills.com
SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER
Claiming to be the biggest firework and bonfire event in the area, there’s a Guy Fawkes competition and the ceremonial burning of the guys on the bonfire. There will also be a funfair, bar and various food and drinks stalls opening during the evening. All the profits go to local charities and organisations.
You can make a Guy and enter it into the competition, there are 3 cash prizes up for grabs. Just bring it along on the night by 6.00pm ready for the judging at 6.15pm.
Time: Gates and funfair open at 4:00pm with the fireworks display starting at 7.30pm. The guys will be placed on the bonfire at 6.45pm, which will be lit at 7.00pm.
Tickets & booking info: On the gate prices are £5 Adults and Kids £3. Tickets can be purchased in advance, call 07958 535 971 to order your tickets.
Address: Abridge Village Hall field, Ongar Road, Abridge, RM4 1UH
Further information: http://www.abridgefireworks.co.uk
This year the theme for the annual fireworks display at Victoria Park is the Great Fire of London. This is a hugely popular display with an estimated 75, 000 people attending last year.
Time: Food & drinks available from 6pm, fireworks display starts at 7pm
Tickets & booking info: No tickets needed and the event is free.
Address: Victoria Park, E3 -the display will be on the eastern side of Victoria Park, with main entrances along Grove Road.
Further information: Tower Hamlets website