It’s that time of year again for our annual celebration of anarchy (ok, technically the defeat of an anarchist) – Guy Fawkes’ Night. So to add a little whizz and bang to your weekend I’ve rounded up the most promisingly spark-tacular firework displays going on around the capital.
But of course first, here is the firework safety spiel: shut pets indoors, don’t give sparklers to under-5s, don’t pick up dead sparklers (they’ll still be hotter than hell for a good while after), fireworks should be lit at arm’s length and by an adult, and don’t drink and light fireworks. For more firework safety tips head to the Fire Service site.
Now the good bit!
Blackheath, 2 November, 8pm, free
This popular display (frequently attended by over 100,000 people), is one of the biggest free displays in London. There will be a fun fair from 4pm for the kids (or young at heart), with the main event kicking off at 8pm. What’s more, this year Lewisham Council are you giving the chance to win the opportunity to start the fireworks and a VIP viewing spot.
Vauxhall, 17 October – 3 November with the main fireworks display on 1 November, 6.30pm, free
With live storytellers, artists and gymnasts, this display in the relatively recently re-opened Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens edges on the creative side of London’s fireworks shows. The display is part of the closing weekend of Vauxhall Trust’s 18-day long Fire Festival, which includes haunted tea rooms, swing bands and Day of the Dead festivities.
Legoland, Windsor, SL4 4AY, 1 & 2 November, 6.30pm, adult day ticket £45.60 or £34.20 advance
For the ultimate family fireworks night it has to be Legoland’s Superheroes display. Besides the dramatic hero tunes and riding the ‘coasters ‘til late, you can pick up a pair of 3D glasses (available around the park for £1), and watch the fireworks turn into exploding 3D Lego bricks.
River Thames, between Waterloo and Blackfriars, 9 November, 5pm, free
So this is technically not a Guy Fawkes’ Night display, but if you miss them this weekend (or are just hungry for more bangs), then this display is the one for you. Taking place along the river against London’s iconic cityscape, the best place to view these fireworks will be along the river bank, but if you can’t stand the crowds, it will be visible from miles away.
Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7AY, 2 November, 2pm, adult tickets from £6
This display looks so promisingly spectacular that it’s worth the trek from Zipcar HQ in deepest SW19. After a four year break, and to celebrate 140 years of “The People’s Palace”, the Ally Pally display will be back with a big bang, courtesy of Star Fireworks – crowned British Fireworks Champions 2013. If that weren’t enough there’s an ice rink, unbeatable views of London, a fun fair, an Oasis tribute band, and a German Bier Festival (for the non-drivers)!
Are you heading to any firework displays or Guy Fawkes’ festivities this year? Feel free to share where you’d recommend in the box below. Or book your Guy Fawkes’ Night Ziptrip now.
Thanks to Legoland Windsor for image use.