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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

The good, the bad and the outrageous of 2016's star Halloween outfits

  • Heidi Klum

    The Halloween pro enlisted five models to be her clones for the night, with a little help from prosthetic enhancements and hair extensions.

    Her Halloween party took place in New York.

  • Serena Williams

    It's back to the '80s for the tennis star at Klum's party.

  • Lewis Hamilton

    Doing Heath Ledger's Joker justice at Klum's party.

  • Chanel Iman

    Getting her zombie on at Klum's knees-up.

  • Tinashe

    In neon pink latex and a flurry of feathers at Klum's party.

  • Adrienne Moore

    It's a superhero moment for the OITNB star and her happy Day of the Dead pal.

  • Jackie Cruz

    Ducking under doors at Klum's shindig.

  • Danielle Brooks

    Easy tiger, the OITNB star is another Klum guest rocking extravagant headgear.

  • Lindsay Lohan

    Making a convincing Harley Quinn at Fran Cutler's Halloween bash.

  • Dermot O'Leary and Dee Koppang

    Blue steel! It's Derek Zoolander and Anna Wintour, at the Jonathan Ross gathering.

  • Lily Allen

    Prettying up her Day of the Dead skull look with pink lippy and a My Little Pony wig for Wossy's party.

  • Simon Pegg

    The comedian makes a convincing Beetlejuice at Jonathan Ross' party.

  • Danielle Bux

    Covering her woodland nymph costume with a shimmering green cape at Ross' Halloween extravaganza.

  • Frank Skinner

    A happy Frankenstein at Jonathan Ross' party.

  • Katy Perry

    Yes, it's really Katy, but it's not her boyfriend Orlando Bloom in the Bill Clinton get-up - she's walking into Kate Hudson's Halloween bash with Hudson’s agent Michael Kives..

  • Orlando Bloom

    Bloom went to the party as a cartoonish Donald Trump with a "Make America great again" slogan hat.

  • Beyonce and Jay-Z

    Beyonce is Sandra "Pepa" Denton, while husband Jay-Z pays tribute to A Different World star Dwayne Wayne.

  • Emily Ratajkowski

    If it weren't for tha floor-skimming tassel, we'd probably hit the town in the actress/model's Cleopatra costume.

    She's at the Bacardi x Kenzo Digital "We Are The Night" Halloween Party in New York.

  • Kylie Jenner

    Fear not, Xtina fans, the Genie In A Bottle legend approves.

    "YAASSSSS.....Killin it @kyliejenner yes to dirrty 2016!! Get it girrrl!!!” Aguilera wrote as she shared the 19-year-old's Instagram snap.

  • Jessica Alba

    Yes, this is Absolutely Fabulous.

  • Alessandra Ambrosio

    Like fellow model Heidi Klum before her, Ambrosio knows how to work a good Jessica Rabbit homage at Halloween.

  • Perrie Edwards

    Poison Ivy may well be the new Jessica Rabbit. The Little Mix star dressed as the supervillain for a Halloween night at London's Steam & Rye club.

  • Cindy Crawford and family

    The catwalk legend and her husband Rande Gerber and their kids Presley and Kaia revived punk for the evening.

  • Maria Sharapova

    If it weren't for the wig and the monkey, we'd have guessed Alexa Chung, but no! The tennis ace is obviously Pippi Longstocking.

  • Paris Hilton

    Because Alice in Wonderland just isn't sexy enough?

  • Sofia Richie

    On the right track as a Ferrari F1 driver.

  • June Ambrose

    It's not just about clothes and make-up, the celebrity stylist fully embraces the theatre of it all.

    She's at the Bonpoint x Laduree Halloween Party in New York.

  • Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann

    Hollywood's comedy power couple went for a roller derby vibe at a Halloween shindig in Los Angeles.

  • Bette Midler

    Hosting her 21st annual Hulaween bash in New York, Midler went for an old favourite and revived her Hocus Pocus witch Winifred Sanderson.

  • Marc Jacobs

    He's touting his string bikini and Louboutins at Bette Midler's party.

  • Leona Lewis

    We're not sure if she's a ghoulish Oscar statuette come to life or a metallic mermaid, but either way, the evenly distributed gold body paint is a worthy achievement, at the Trick or Treats bash in Hollywood.

  • Leona Lewis

    The singer can't get enough of spooky celebrations - she dressed up as a sinister fortune teller for the Just Jared party.

  • Michelle Trachtenberg

    This body art must have taken hours. The Buffy star's turning heads at the Just Jared party.

  • Hayley Hasselhoff and Cassie Scerbo

    David's model daughter is an undead bride, accompanied by actress Scerbo in a sexy pirate costume at the Just Jared gathering.

  • Giovanna Engelbert

    Vogue Japan's fashion editor went to amazing lengths to recreate Cher's legendary 1996 Oscars outfit.

  • Michelle Ochs

    Cruella De Vil is possibly our new fashion hero after seeing the designer's effort at the Top of The Standard party in New York.

  • Ariel Winter

    A zombie medic with exceptional contouring skills.

  • Keke Palmer

    The actress and singer paid tribute to the late singer Selena at the Just Jared party.

  • Pixie Lott

    There's always one sexy cat, and Pixie Lott's comes with glitter.

  • Elle Evans and Matt Bellamy

    The Muse frontman and his model girlfriend are giving us chills as undead Danny Zuko and Sandra Dee.

  • Mariah Carey

    The singer got her devil on to join ex-husband Nick Cannon and their twins, Monroe and Moroccan, for her annual Halloween party.

  • Victoria Justice

    Showing off one of the best Beetlejuice efforts we've seen in a while.

  • Soo Joo Park, Daphne Groeneveld, Barbara Palvin

    When supermodels do Halloween - and still look catwalk-ready.

  • Aubrey O'Day

    Another star, another chance to dress as the ancient eyeliner-loving Egyptian ruler.

  • Lottie Moss

    Doing Auntie Kate proud (probably) in a gory nun outfit.

  • Jenna Dewan Tatum

    All the yeses.

  • Jemima Khan

    She wore it weeks before Halloween and it's still one of the best.

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Anna is a freelance writer and editor who’s been making her dime from online since 2007. She’s a regular at Stylist.co.uk, ITV News and Emerald Street and moonlights as a copywriter and digital content consultant. The baby is borrowed.

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