Remember, remember the 5th November... Or in this year’s case, remember the 6th & 7th as well because most firework displays take place on Friday and Saturday night.
It's been a tradition in the UK since 1605 to light bonfires and marvel at firework displays in order to remember Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James the 1st. As well as lighting up the night sky you can expect burning effigies of Guy Fawkes (the "Guy" for short) on top of huge bonfires, toffee apples, sparklers, food and drink stalls and fun fairs all over the country. Where better to celebrate than the city where it all began?
Southwark Firework Display – Thursday 5th November
This firework display in Southwark is more than just the usual display with firelight performances throughout the evening as well as a variety of food and drink stalls on the site. Entry is FREE but you need to book a ticket in advance. Gates open at 5pm so arrive early to avoid bad views, or, if like me, if you’re short - not such a bad thing when the pretty fireworks are going off over head but I’d say at thirty years old I’m yet to see a Catherine Wheel!
Southwark Park, SE16 2PA
Bishops Park Firework Display – Friday 6th November
With not one, but two fireworks displays, this is set to be a great evening. And there’s plenty of things to enjoy away from the displays, with a funfair and food and drinks stalls. There first display to amaze the little ones starts at 7.15pm, and at 8:10pm the main event kicks off. Gates open at 6pm.
Bishops Park, Fulham, SW6 3LA
Battersea Park Firework Display – Saturday 7th November
In celebration of the Queen, this year's theme is "A Royal Night Out". Tickets need to be purchased in advance for this event (you can buy them online). Gates open at 6pm and the firework display starts at 8pm. There's plenty of food & drink stalls to keep you busy whilst you wait. There'll be festive mulled wine and some exciting new street food pop-ups!
Battersea Park, SW11 4PX
Harrow Park Fireworks Festival (and Family Fun Day) – Saturday 7th November
Gates open at 12pm but the main fireworks show doesn't start until 7:30pm. There's entertainment for the kids all day at the Fun Fair, trade & business fair. There's even a world food arena and full entertainment schedule to keep you busy. Entry is free until 3pm, and children's prices start at £5 on the door thereafter.
Harrow Park, HA3 7QX
Hackney Firework Pyromusical – Saturday 7th November
Following the success of last year, the Hackney Firework Pyromusical will be held in Clissold Park. Prepare for more than just your usual sparkly noises in the sky because there’ll be firewalkers, an aerliast and even an illuminated stilt-walker! Not to mention the food and drinks stalls. Tickets need to be brought in advance from Hackney Empire.
Clissold Park, N16 9HJ
Ealing Cricket Club – Saturday 7th November
With fireworks, fun rides and a laser display, Ealing Cricket Club Fireworks are set to be a magical evening. This year's theme is "A Fireworks Fantasy" and sees the main display set to fantastic tunes including How to Fly your Dragon, Avatar and Stargate. Gates open at 6pm, and fireworks start at 7.30pm. Tickets should be bought in advance.
The Lord Mayor’s Show – Saturday 14th November
This is the finale to one of London’s longest running traditional events. A procession runs earlier in the day that involves almost two hundred horses and seven thousand people including drummers and dancers. The parade starts at Mansion House (The Lord Mayer’s former abode) and runs all the way through to The Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand. Fireworks are set off from a barge moored on The Thames between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. The evening explosions begin from 5.15pm.
Brockwell Park Firework Display – Cancelled
Sad news. Lambeth Council has announced that is will no longer be stating the annual fireworks display in the borough due to disappointing ticket sales at the 2014 event. We're sorry to see you go.