Update 5th Nov: The fire strike has been cancelled, so the fireworks are scheduled to go ahead as planned – but the weather is looking unreliable, with a good chance of rain from about 7pm onwards, which may affect some displays.

Time to start planning the annual celebration of the persecution of a Papist plot to kill our Protestant Monarch. Sadly, the burning of effigies seems to be frowned upon now, although a few venues will have bonfires this year.

Thanks to a rare conjunction of the calendar and history, Bonfire Night this year will be on a Friday, so with clever planning it can be possible to attend three firework displays, spread over the whole weekend!

If I’ve missed any (as I am bound to have), then send me a note and I’ll update the details.

Clever bit: Click on the headers in the table below to sort the columns as you might prefer.

Area Date Gates Open Fireworks Start Cost Notes
Walthamstow 5th Nov 6pm 8pm £4
Wanstead Flats 5th Nov 6:45pm 7:45pm Free
Wimbledon 5th Nov 5.15pm 8.30pm £7 Children’s display at 6.45pm. Fairground, stalls and refreshments open until 10pm.
Crystal Palace 5th Nov 6pm 8:30pm £5 A children’s show will take place at 7pm.
Clapham Common 5th Nov tba 7.30pm Free Clapham Common tube station will be closed from approximately 6.30pm to 9pm
Southwark 5th Nov 6pm 7pm Free Hot food and warming winter drinks on offer.
Fulham 5th Nov 6pm 8pm £6 Children’s display at 7.15pm
Kingston 5th Nov 6.30pm 8pm £6
Totteridge 5th Nov 6pm 7:15pm £7 Bonfire lit at 6:30pm
North Kensington 5th Nov tba tba Free
Barking 6th Nov 5.30pm 8pm £5 Activities include a funfair from 5:30pm and concert stage from 6.15pm
Chislehurst 6th Nov 6pm 7:30pm £6 Bonfire lit at 7pm
Southgate 6th Nov 5pm 8pm £5 Full bar, mulled wine, food stalls, kids rides and more
Brent / Willesden 6th Nov 6.45pm 8pm Free If the event is cancelled then it will be held on Sun 7th Nov.
Enfield 6th Nov 6:30pm 7:30pm £5 Stalls include BBQ, Beer Tent, Glow Stall and much more.
Bromley 6th Nov 5pm 8pm £5 The bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm.
Beckenham 6th Nov 6pm 8pm £5
Croydon 6th Nov 6pm 8pm £5
Morden 6th Nov 5.15pm 8.30pm £7 Children’s display at 6.45pm. Fairground, stalls and refreshments open until 10pm.
Blackheath 6th Nov tba 8pm Free Currently fund raising for the display due to cuts by Greenwich Council
Bexley / Welling 6th Nov 6pm 8pm(?) £6

Funfair & Food from 6pm til 9pm

Carshalton 6th Nov 5pm 7pm £4 in advance

Bonfire from 7:30pm

Battersea 6th Nov 6pm 8pm £6 A large food court and bar will be open from 6pm. Bonfire lit at 7:30pm
Ealing 6th Nov 6pm 7.30pm £5 Bars (including mulled wine) and BBQ’s
Barnes 6th Nov 5:30pm 7:55pm £10  
Hammersmith 6th Nov 6pm 8pm £6 Children’s display at 7.15pm
Victoria Park 7th Nov 7:30pm tba Free Due to space limitations, there will be no funfair or food concessions this year.
Enfield 7th Nov 6pm 7:30pm £5 Funfair open till 10pm
Richmond 7th Nov 4:30pm tba £8 Main grandstand provides shelter against any bad weather.

Notes: Alexandra Palace has cancelled its fireworks this year.

Prices displayed are for purchases on the gate – some venues may offer cheaper tickets if purchased in advance

Caveat Emptor: The details are believed to be correct, but you should always check with the venue for changes.

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15 Comments

  1. Thomas Wood

    My local (still London!) http://www.carshaltonfireworks.org.uk/

  2. That’s a great list Ian – I must get myself organised this year and go along to something. Wanstead Flats is a good one, because as long as you’re not hiding behind a tree you can see the display from anywhere – the surrounding area is as flat as a pancake

  3. Hurrah! I can now link to you instead of Time Out for a list of firework displays. Thanks for that. Link added here.

  4. Tom

    Just outside London, but I would highly recommend Brockham Bonfire, just outside Dorking (http://www.brockhambonfire.com/)

    It’s Britain’s largest, a short trip by train, free and absolutely fantastic.

  5. Matt

    Ian – one more for the list: Ealing on 6-Nov, gates open 6pm, fireworks & bonfire from 7:30pm, £5 adult, £3 under 14.

    http://www.ealingcc.co.uk/p/home/upcoming-events/firework-display/786

  6. jen saul

    There is a display/bonfire & fairground at King Georges Park in Wandsworth too!! : ) Great list!

  7. IanVisits

    Thanks, Ealing was already on the list though :)

    King Georges Park seems to be difficult to find details about – other than a report that Wandsworth Council didn’t want one there.

  8. fandango

    Thanks for your list. South London does really badly in 2010. Wandsworth and Lambeth between them have Battersea and Clapham Common Thats it. Tooting Common gone. Streatham Common gone. Brockwell Park gone. St Georges Park gone.
    For a good show, but with no local connections, the Lord Mayors show Sat Nov 13 at 5pm from a barge in the river is recommended.- thats the city of London mayor, not Boris-
    Shame about the cancellations in South London. Firework displays by the local authorities were the only annual mass outdoor gatherings left- and now gone.
    Ever wondered why local interest and local authority voting declines?

    • IanVisits

      Quite a few of the firework shows are not put on by councils but by private organisations.

      Blaming the councils might be easy, but a better question might be to ask why so few private organisations “south of the river” are willing to step up to provide a show?

  9. lilly

    Dont 4get Epsom fireworks and fair.

  10. I wish someone would get around to scheduling a bonfire night celebration either in Westminster or in Kensington & Chelsea – given everything else that goes on in Hyde Park, from huge concerts to funfairs and the like, would it really be impossible to hold a bonfire with some modest fireworks there?

  11. IanVisits

    There might be some difficulty holding a celebration of the Papist plot to overthrow the Monarchy in a Royal Park ;)

  12. Shame about Alexander Park fireworks! used to be a good display!

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