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Top 5 bonfire celebrations

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Remember, remember the fifth of November! If you’re going to be celebrating gunpowder, treason and plot this year, do it in style with the guide to the best Bonfire Night parties in the country. From epic fireworks to flaming tar barrels, there’s something for everyone…

The Flaming Tar Barrels – Ottery St Mary, Devon, November 5

Bonfire Night doesn’t get more bonkers than this! Every November 5, the streets of Ottery St Mary fill with raucous revellers who have come to see the Tar Barrel run. Local lads and lasses heave massive flaming barrels of tar aloft and charge around town, culminating in a midnight run through the town square. Be advised, this centuries-old night of anarchy is not for the faint of heart. Book your cheap train tickets now (closest stations are Honiton, Feniton or Whimple) and pick up a hire car to go the rest of the way. Ottery is just south of the A30.

Wythenshawe Park – Manchester, November 5

Get to Wythenshawe early to take full advantage of the onsite funfair, which opens at 5pm and runs until 9.30pm. When you’ve had your fill of the dodgems and the Big Wheel, scramble for a choice spot to watch the fireworks display, which kicks off at 7.30pm. The bonfire goes up after the fireworks have finished. Organised revellers can even take advantage of one of Manchester’s legendary world markets, selling original Christmas gifts and delicious food. can arrange car hire to get to the event. Wythenshawe Park is off the A560 (Altrincham Road).

Family friendly fireworks – Bristol Zoo, November 4, 5 and 6

If your little ones don’t like the noise, head out to Bristol Zoo for a family friendly display with a noticeable difference: the bangs are muted and the whistles barely heard! The Zoo’s events team have sourced special low-sound fireworks, which are perfect for the animals as well as the kids. There’s a big stage with games for children, and hot drinks are on sale for that traditional Bonfire Night feeling. Watch the pyrotechnics, let the mini-mes run riot and finish up with a mug of steaming chocolate. Perfick.

Go Wild at Leeds Castle, November 8 and 9

There are some huge free events in Leeds – but if you want to squeeze every ounce of fun from Guy Fawkes then stumping up to get into Leeds Castle is the way to do it. Tickets aren’t cheap (adults get in for £19), but you get what you pay for and the Go Wild show is up there with the best of them. With the castle as a backdrop, a monumental fireworks, projection and music show inspired by animals should be enough to blow even the most cynical of minds. Entertainment goes on all afternoon, with the show kicking off at 5.30pm. Rowr!

Primrose Hill, London

There’s no firework display on Primrose Hill – but then who needs one, when you can see every show in the capital from this epic vantage point? Come join writers, artists and B-list celebrities as they quaff champers on the Hill and take in the explosive views. You’ll see all of the fireworks displays along the river, plus incendiary sky art in south, east and west London. Pop into the Queens afterwards for a glass of mulled cider and give yourself points for every famous person you spot! can help you book cheap train tickets or car hire to get to all the displays on our list. Book through us and you also earn loyalty points, which can be redeemed against future outings. Enjoy the fireworks and stay safe. Happy Bonfire Night!

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