Come the 5th November, the night sky will be alight with excitement (and there’s no escaping it!), so join the festivities and make the most of it with our City Cheats guide to celebrating Bonfire Night on a budget! Don’t worry, between buying your latest Halloween costume and shopping for your loved ones’ Christmas gifts, Bonfire Night is an event you don’t have to break the bank to celebrate.
Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY
Friday 3 November, 2017 5pm-11pm
Saturday 4 November 2017, 4pm-11pm
Alexandra Park will be hosting its annual Bonfire Night festival which will commence with a parade of fire eaters, animatronics, drummers, flame jets and much more. The evening will continue to entertain with a bonfire spectacle in the heart of the festival, live music, some of London’s best street food and a lively German Beer Festival to keep the grown ups happy!
This is a night for the whole family with something everyone will enjoy, from the fairground rides to an ice-skating rink and a special live fire performance. Then comes the finale, a spectalular fireworks display accompanied by lasers and a music set from DJ Yoda.
Whilst some of the activities at the festival come at an additional cost, if you don’t want to spend much money, the views from the park alone are incredible. You can watch the London skyline light up to a symphony of fireworks.
Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ
Saturday 4 November
Battersea Park’s renowned fireworks display is back on Saturday 4 November, and prepare yourselves for an ‘electrifying’ night! Arrive at 6pm (sharpish) to beat the crowds and see some of the pre-show entertainment. With a 50,000 capacity for the event, this one is always popular.
The bonfire is set to be lit at 7.30pm, followed by a prompt display of fireworks at 8pm (don’t be late!). The 22-minute long spectacular show will be shooting into the sky in time with a music set based on the theme of ‘power’ – who knows what this will bring?!
You must book online to attend, with Early Bird tickets priced at £8.50. Children under 10 go free!
Image: Guy Fawkes Festival
Royal Gunpowder Mills
Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 November, 2pm
Hosted in the setting of a once real gunpowder factory, The Royal Gunpowder Mills will be celebrating our historical figure, Guy Fawkes, with the Guy Fawkes Festival and Fireworks Show.
For a full weekend, the festival will be alive with activties for the whole family going on throughout each day; from lantern making to science shows and the dramatic history of Guy Fawkes’ famous gunpowder plot! You can even relive his famous plot to blow up parliament with a live theatre performance called Musket Firing.
With activities beginning at 2pm each day, you can look forward to the fireworks display in the evening at 6.30pm. This fireworks display comes with the added excitement of being created by a company behind movie and TV special effects… get ready to be captivated by this amazing display! Tickets can be purchased here for £10.50 and under.
Bow, E9 7DD
Sunday 5 November, 7pm
On the 5th November itself, a spectacular fireworks display will be taking place at East London’s Victoria Park, hosted by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets. Following the success of a beautiful Bonfire Night show last year, East Londoners will be happy to hear that the event will be back on for another year!
A selection of food and beverage stands will be at Victoria Park from 5.30pm on Bonfire Night, with the fireworks display beginning at 7.30pm.
The show is promised to be a glittering visual display with an atmospheric soundtrack and – wait for it – all for free! So if you want to enjoy your Bonfire Night in London without spending a penny, Victoria Park is the place to be. We’d recommend getting there early!
How will you be celebrating Bonfire Night in London this year? Let us know in the comments below!