Bonfire night is bitter sweet for many of us – the kids’ enthusiasm is contagious but we want to make sure they stay safe. Organised events are not only the most spectacular but also the safest, so here’s our pick of activities around the country for bonfire night that won’t set your pocket alight!
Bonfire night: North
Go along to Bught Park for the Inverness Bonfire and Fireworks Display on 5 November. From 7pm you can enjoy entertainment before the lighting of the bonfire and a spectacular fireworks display. Free admission (01463 724262).
Newcastle Promenade in Co Down is the place to be for the Fireworks Fusion Countdown on 3 November, the culmination of the Hallowtides Festival and one of the largest fireworks displays in Northern Ireland 7.30-10pm (028 4372 2222).
Saturday 3 November finds Fireshow 2012 – The Great British Bonfire at Bitts Park in Carlisle, one of the top displays in the county and featuring a hi-tech bonfire and fireworks set to music. Entertainment starts at 6.30pm. Free admission (01228 817358).
The popular Hartlepool Fireworks and Music Spectacular takes place at the Seaton Carew Seafront on 3 November, when the displays will be set to the sounds of the musicals. The free event kicks off with funfair rides at 4pm. Fireworks begin at 6.30pm (01429 869706).
Bonfire night 2012: Central
The 32nd annual Sparks in the Park event on 3 November at Cooper’s Field in Cardiff promises amazing pyrotechnics, a ‘beast of a bonfire’ and more. Gates open at 4.30pm. Tickets for a family of four cost £20 but buy tickets online in advance for a 40% discount (02920 230 130).
Enjoy the ultimate fireworks event at Alton Towers from 2-4 November, which features a brand new laser show and some jaw-dropping fireworks. Save on ticket prices by booking online (0871 222 3330).
Under 5s go free at the West Mid Bonfire and Fireworks Extravaganza on 4 November at the West Mid Showground in Shrewsbury. Gates open 2pm, bonfire at 4pm and fireworks at 6pm. Adults £5, children aged five and over £2. Discounted tickets in advance at Shrewsbury Tourist Office (01743 258888).
James Bond provides the soundtrack to Fireworks in the Park at Christchurch Park in Ipswich on 3 November, after a Guy Fawkes and lantern procession. Adults £6 in advance, children over five years £4, under fives go free. Gates open at 6pm (01473 258070).
Bonfire night 2012: South
It’s a Guy thing at Lankelly-Fowey RFC on 3 November when the annual fireworks and bonfire follow the Guy Fawkes competition. Open from 6-8pm at the club’s site in Fowey. Family ticket £10 and under fives free (07812 022354).
There are fireworks at Poole Quay on 5 November at 8pm, the culmination of a series of street entertainment from 4.30pm. Circus skills, make and take tents and live music are just some of the family treats on offer (0845 2345560).
The Kent Life Bonfire and Firework Spectacular at Sandling, near Maidstone will be started by fire breathers! Music, a funfair and entertainment are also on the programme on 3 November. Adults £10, children £7.75 but for a 20% discount book online (01622 763936).
To ensure your evening doesn’t turn out to be a damp squib, do check all details ahead of your visit. And please do share news of any local events by adding your comments below.