Where to go for Bonfire Night?

New to Leeds, Bradford, or Nottingham and wondering what to do for Bonfire Night this year? Or just fancy a change from your usual go-to? Whether you’re looking for a huge bonfire and impressive firework display, or something more cosy and low-key, we’ve compiled a few of our ideas so you can get planning.

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Leeds

Woodhouse Moor bonfire and firework display is always popular with students. As it’s within easy walking distance from popular student areas such as Hyde Park, Woodhouse, Headingley, and the universities, this huge display always attracts a big crowd. Make sure to get down by 7pm if you want front row seats! Friday 3rd November. 

For something different, and without the fireworks, Chapel Allerton’s biggest bonfire will be taking place at The Mustard Pot where you will also find outdoor bars, quality food from the BBQ, and warming homemade pies. Sunday 5th November. 

Roundhay Park hosts another impressive night, with around 70,000 spectators turning up each year. The huge park (one of the biggest city parks in Europe!) and lake provides a beautiful backdrop for the display. This year the bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm, and is easily accessible by bus from Leeds. Friday 3rd November.

For a more cosy and relaxed vibe (without fireworks), the Kirkstall Bridge Inn is making the most of their excellent beer garden this year, offering ales, hog roast and bonfire – what more could you want? Saturday 4th November. 

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Nottingham

Nottingham Castle provides the perfect historic backdrop for a night of fireworks, live music, fire performers (including fire walking!) and plenty of food and drink for sale. This is not the cheapest option, though, with tickets priced at £10 for adults and £7 for concessions. Saturday 4th November. 

Robin Hood Festival of Fireworks, at Nottingham Moderns Rugby Ground in Wilford Village will host two firework displays this year, including a children’s display, a main display at 8.30pm, as well as hog roast, real ale marquee and live music from local bands. Students with a valid Student Union Card are eligible for discounted tickets at £4.00 (must be bought online before 3rd November). Saturday 4th November. 

Bonfire Night on the Forest”s free bonfire and fireworks display (at Forest Recreation Ground) is always popular with students thanks to it being situated close to Lenton and Arboretum. With fairground rides, a children’s firework display, bonfire, and a grand firework display at 9pm, this is guaranteed to impress. Sunday 5th November. 

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Bradford

Peel Park‘s firework display is the city’s biggest and brightest with a huge funfair and an array of food stalls to choose from. The dip in the park’s terrain offers fantastic views of the bonfire and two(!) firework displays. Friday 3rd November. 

Mercure Bradford‘s ticketed event is a of a slightly smaller scale and takes place in the grounds of the Mercure Bankfield in the village of Bingley. Food and drink will be available and the bonfire will be lit at 7pm. Sunday 5th November.

Bolton Abbey hosts its annual bonfire and firework display by the banks of the River Wharfe in the shadows of the Priory Ruins. With fire eaters, fairground rides, and a dazzling firework display, this evening promises to entertain. Get tickets hereSunday 5th November. 

Wishing everyone an enjoyable and safe Bonfire Night!

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