Whether you’re looking for a fireworks and bonfire display near you, or you’re planning to travel a bit further afield this November, we have some fabulous events in our round-up. Many of the events are more than just fireworks and have funfairs, street food and outdoor bars. Here are some of the most dazzling, family-friendly displays set to take place across our region this year:
Written by Lisa Proffitt | 30th October 2023
Best Bonfire Night Events and Fireworks Displays across the Michael Graham Region
Blackpit Brewery Bonfire and Firework Display, Saturday 4th November
This fireworks night just over the Bucks/Northants border is famous for a jaw-dropping display and spectacular bonfire sculpture, plus a fun fair, street food, a well-stocked bar and ticket prices that aren’t sky high relative to the calibre of the event. Titanium Fireworks who light up the London Eye every New Year and oversee displays for events including the Commonwealth Games are in charge here and with the lake beneath the fireworks at Blackpit, you get the double impact of the displays reflecting on the water. With so much to do, the event runs from 3pm-8pm with tickets £19.50 per adult and under 15s free.
Location: MK18 5LJ
Brackley Fireworks, Saturday 4th November
Brackley’s firework display is sponsored by Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team and this free event is always spectacular. Held at Magdalen College School in the heart of Brackley town centre, there is a funfair, a range of food and drink options and local community stalls. A highlight for motor racing fans is that the F1 Team’s W14 show car will be on display, with team members there to answer questions and raise funds for Mind, their Official Team Charity Partner. Saturday 4 November 5pm-7.15pm.
Location: NN13 7DW
Olney Fireworks, Sunday 5th November
This event is run by multi-award winners Gala Fireworks who use state-of-the-art computerised firing systems to choreograph breath-taking sequences, all synchronised to music. There are food and drink options on site plus a children's funfair. Gates at the recreation ground off East Street in Olney open at 4.30pm and the display starts at 6.45pm. Tickets are available in advance here and on the gate in limited numbers. Single tickets cost £5, and family tickets for up to 2 adults and 4 children cost £15.
Kenilworth Round Table Fireworks Spectacular: Saturday 4th November
This event has grown over many years to become the premier firework display in the region, attracting people from all over Warwickshire and beyond. The fireworks display takes place against the backdrop of Kenilworth Castle, floodlit for the evening, and lasts for around half an hour, making it one of the biggest displays in the Midlands. Gates open at 5:30pm with last entry strictly at 6:45pm. Tickets cost £12.50 for an adult and £6 for a child, plus any booking fees, and must be bought in advance here.
Tring Festival of Fire, Saturday 4th November
Tring Festival of Fire is a bonfire and firework display at Tring Park Cricket Club that raises funds to support sport in the local community. This popular fixture in the Tring social calendar features a variety of fantastic food and drink stalls, a guy competition, and children’s rides. The centrepiece of the evening will be a spectacular fireworks display set to popular music. The event runs from 6pm-8.30pm.
Location: HP23 6HA
Ickleford Fireworks, Hitchin, Sunday 5 November
Head to Ickleford Sports and Recreation Ground for an amazing fireworks display from 'Alchemy Fireworks' as well as live music, food traders and an outside bar. Tickets are available locally and in advance online and gates open at 4.30pm.
Location: SG5 3YA
Fireworks Display and Funfair, Bedford Blues Rugby Club, Friday 3 November
Taking place at the home of the Bedford Blues, just a five minute walk from the town centre, this display is usually a sell-out. Gates open from 6pm and there’ll be a funfair and children’s firework display from 7pm ahead of the main event at 8pm. As well as food stalls and outdoor bars you can sneak into the clubhouse and warm up with a coffee. You can even do it in style by booking a VIP table in the Dovecote Suite, or seats in The Burrow. Tickets are £7.50 online in advance (under 6s go free).
Location: MK40 3NF
Turvey Bonfire and Fireworks: Saturday 4 November
The Turvey fireworks team promise a magical evening with memories of the display that will last a lifetime. Festivities begin way before the main event, so get there early to enjoy activities designed for bonfire night enthusiasts of all ages. The fireworks start at 7pm and gates open at 5.30pm. Tickets are £10 per adult, £7.50 per child and £25 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.
Location: MK43 8EA
Ampthill Fireworks, Ampthill Great Park, Friday 3 November
Described as the county’s biggest and best display there’ll be the obligatory fairground, live music and food stalls. Gates open at 6pm with the beacon lighting at 7.30pm and the main display kicking off at 7.45pm. Tickets available in advance only, £25 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 kids).
Location: MK45 2HX