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Where to watch the best free and ticketed fireworks displays in London and beyond

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Remember, remember, the fifth (and fourth and sixth) of November for a weekend of thrilling pyrotechnics in London and beyond.

Guy Fawkes' part in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament may have been a spectacular failure, but after 411 years his legacy of lighting giant outdoor fires and shooting off pretty light displays shows no signs of abating. This year, Guy Fawkes Night falls on a Saturday, providing even more opportunities to attempt writing your name with a sparkler, trying to finish a toffee apple, and pointlessly photographing the best explosions.

We've rounded up some of the best displays taking place in the Big Smoke and across the UK, from free bangers and a funfair on Blackheath to Ally Pally's ice-skating and Day of the Dead fireworks extravaganza.

Outside the capital there's the likes of Liverpool's River of Light show, with thousands of people set to line both sides of the Mersey, and Edinburgh's sci-fi themed display.

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London - Free displays

Friday


Coram's Fields

A family-friendly event that raises money for charity, last year's event attracted more than 6,000 people.

Date: Friday 4 November

Times: 3pm opening; 5:15pm display

Address: 93 Guildford Street, WC1N 1DN

Saturday


Blackheath

This one comes with a funfair and is open from midday. Be prepared to join the crowds - around 100,000 people attend every year.

Date: Saturday 5 November

Times: Noon funfair opening; food and drinks stalls from 5pm; display at 8pm

Address: Shooters Hill Rd, SE3 0TY 


Newham

Expect a delightfully bright and colourful choreographed display, hosted by Heart Radio personality Roberto.

Date: Saturday 5 November

Times: 5:30pm opening; 7:30pm display

Address: Wanstead Flats, Forest Gate, E7 0DJ 

Sunday


Victoria Park

Around 90,000 people turned out for this east London spectacular last year after its five-year hiatus.

Date: Sunday 6 November

Times: Food and drinks stalls from 6pm; display at 7pm

Address: Victoria Park, Victoria Park Road, E9 5DU


Brent

Expect street food stalls, entertainers and a "top-secret" soundtrack at this north London favourite.

Date: Sunday 6 November

Times: 6:30pm display

Address: Arena Square, Wembley Park, HA9 0AA

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London has plenty of free and ticketed fireworks displays

London - Ticketed displays

Friday


Alexandra Palace

Taking place on Friday and Saturday, there's a German beer festival, a Dia Del Los Muertos parade, ice-skating, and more than 40 food and drinks stalls to choose from - as well as the famous display, of course.

Dates: Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November

Times: Friday: 4pm opening; 9pm display. Saturday: 3pm opening; 8pm display

Address: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY

Tickets: £11 (kids £8.50) alexandrapalacefireworks

Saturday


Hackney 

Promising a "pyromusical spectacular," the beautiful Clissold Park will be covered in mood lighting and there'll be a children's funfair, as well as opportunities for feasting.

Date: Saturday 5 November

Times: 5:30pm opening; 7pm display

Address: Clissold Park, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 9HJ

Tickets: Residents £7.50, (kids £2.50). Non-residents: £8.50 (kids £3.50) eventbrite.co.uk


Crystal Palace

A double header from Crystal Palace, where there's a gentle display for children before the big bangers come out a little later. 

Date: Saturday 5 November

Times: 6pm opening; 7pm children's display; 8:30pm main display

Address: Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, SE19 2GA

Tickets: Residents £7.50, (kids £2.50). Non-residents: £8.50 (kids £3.50) gigantic.com


Battersea

Irresistibly set to music "made by legends" this year, Battersea Park always provides a banging Guy Fawkes night.

Date: Saturday 5 November

Times: 6pm opening; 7:30pm bonfire; 8pm display

Address: Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ

Tickets: £10 (under 10s free with a ticket) enablelc.org

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Displays are taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Birmingham

Thousands of people are set to descend on Edgbaston for the Stadium's famous fireworks display, complete with funfair, Capital FM hosted dance tunes and plenty of dining options.

Dates: Saturday 5 November

Times: 4pm opening; 7pm display

Address: Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Rd, Birmingham, B5 7QU

Tickets: £10 or £8 advance, (kids £5 or £4 advance) eticketing.co.uk


Manchester

Warm up in front of a giant bonfire and one of the region's biggest fireworks displays. There's also a funfair and food and drinks stalls.

Dates: Saturday 5 November

Times: 5pm opening; 7:30pm display

Address: Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, M25 2SW

Tickets: Free


Leeds

Around 70,000 people gather in the huge city park for the cosy bonfire and a cracking fireworks display, before heading off to one (or two) of the many nearby pubs.

Dates: Friday 4 November

Times: 7:30pm display

Address: Soldiers Field, Roundhay Park, LS8 4BU

Tickets: Free


Liverpool

For the first time ever, both sides of the the River Mersey will light up for what Visit Liverpool dubs "the most ambitious fireworks events in the country." There'll be fire dancers, circus performers and flow arts promoters.

Dates: Saturday 5 November

Times: 4pm opening; 6:30pm display

Address: River Mersey, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, Merseyside

Tickets: Free


Cardiff

The excitingly titled Sparks in the Park is Wales' biggest fireworks display and all proceeds from the ticket sales go to charity.

Dates: Saturday 5 November

Times: 4pm opening; 6:30pm display

Address: Cooper's field, Bute Park, Cardiff, CF10 3DX

Tickets: £10, ticketlineuk.com


Edinburgh

There's a sci-fi theme for this year's legendary annual fireworks display, which is sure to go out with a bang as it's the final event at the site before it undergoes a £41 million refurb next autumn.

Dates: Saturday 5 November

Times: 6pm opening; 7:30pm display

Address: Meadowbank Sports Centre, London Rd, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE

Tickets: £7, ticketsource.co.uk

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