With Bonfire Night just around the corner, parents everywhere will be succumbing to their children’s desperate pleas for the biggest and loudest fireworks imaginable.
Fear not, though, we’re going to show you that it is possible to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night safely and without spending a fortune. You could even let someone else do all the hard work instead. MoneyMagpie has also sought out the best free fireworks displays all over the UK.
You’ll probably find yourself dazzled by the array of different and wildly-named fireworks that are on offer, so to make sure you know your Roman candles from your cakes. Also, make sure you have a look at Pains’ firework safety guide to help you keep safe this year.
With very strict regulations on fireworks, there are limited opportunities to buy them online, so it’s more likely you’ll be picking them up with your weekly shopping.
If you’re going to have fireworks of your own, there are a few things we you need to remember:
- While you want to get value for money, don’t cut too many corners; only buy fireworks which conform to British standards – the box should be marked BS 7114.
- Sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil! Light them one at a time, and never give them to children under five.
- One person should be in charge of the fireworks. They should read all the instructions fully in the daylight and not drink any alcohol until all the fireworks have been set off.
- Be well prepared with a torch, a few buckets of water, eye protection, gloves and a bucket of soft earth or sand to put the fireworks in.
- Light the fireworks at arm’s length, use a taper and then stand well back. Never go near a lit firework; even if it hasn’t gone off it could still explode.
- For advice on protecting your pets on Bonfire Night, see the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform firework safety pages.
- Bonfire Night is like Christmas come early for burglars, so make sure that all your doors and windows are locked and your alarm is set while you’re all out in the garden.
- It is also worth checking your buildings and contents insurance policy to make certain that you’re covered for bonfire and firework damage. Most policies will cover this, but check if any outbuildings and garden contents are included. You should also check how much your policy would pay if someone were to get injured.
If you’d rather leave it all to the professionals, here are the best firework displays we’ve found. All are free unless otherwise stated.
- Festival of Lights, Hodgkin Park, Benwell, Tuesday 1 November, 5PM
- Ouseburn Fireworks, City Stadium, Warwick Street, Newcastle, Friday 4 November, 5PM
- Gosforth Round Table – Bonfire & Fireworks Display, Broadway West Playing Fields, Saturday 5 November, 5PM (Adults £4, Children £2 but all proceeds go to a local charity)
- Springhead Park, Friday 4 November, 7:00pm
- Middleton Park, Friday 4 November, 7:00pm
- Woodhouse Moor, Friday 4 November, 7:00pm
- Roundhay Park, Friday 4 November, 7:00pm
- East End Park, Friday 4 November, 7:00pm
- Bramley Park, Friday 4 November, 7:00pm
- Cringe Park, Tuesday 1 November, 7:30
- Crumpsall Park, Wednesday 2 November, 7:30
- Heaton Park, Saturday 5 November, 7.30pm
- Platt Fields Park, Saturday 5 November, 7.30pm
- Wythenshawe, Saturuday 5 November, 7.30pm
- The Riverside Inn, Saltford, Saturday 5 November, 6:30pm
- Fireworks Party at The Trinity Centre, Saturday 5 November, 6pm
- For a comprehensive list of free fireworks events all across the capital click here.
- Glasgow Green, Saturday 5 November from 5pm
- Meadowbank Sports Centre, Saturday 5 November 6pm. This event costs £7 per ticket.
- Aberdeen Beach Boulevard, Saturday 5 November, 6.30pm
- Bught Park, Saturday 5 November 7.30pm
- Baxter Park, Saturday 5 November, 6pm
- Lochee Park, Saturday 5 November, 6pm
- St Helen’s Ground, Saturday 5 November from 5.30pm. Tickets £3.00 – £6.
If you end up going to any of these firework displays, let us know what you thought of them in the comments section below.