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When is Bonfire Night in 2022 and what are the best UK events to attend?

Every year in November, the sky is lit up with amazing fireworks displays as people in the UK celebrate Guy Fawkes Night – more colloquially known as Bonfire Night.

We celebrate it annually as a way of remembering when conspirator Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament while King James I was there as retaliation for the King’s persecution of Roman Catholics.

Everyone should remember the date of Bonfire Night as November 5.

There’s a whole poem about that very thing… but what day does Bonfire Night fall on this year?

What day is Bonfire Night this year?

Bonfire Night in 2022 falls on a Saturday.

November 5 is the first Saturday in November, so you can expect most fireworks displays and other activities like fairs and bonfires to take place either on the actual Saturday, or spread out from Friday 4 to Sunday 6.

Where to see fireworks across the country

While you might be able to simply look out of your window and see some fireworks, if you want the full shebang, you’ll want to book tickets to a professional event.

Run in parks and event spaces across the country, Bonfire Night events usually include rides, food stalls and more. Here, we round up some of the best.

Bonfire Night displays in London

The annual Alexandra Palace fireworks are always a spectacle.

One of the top Bonfire Night events in London, the activities on offer at Ally Pally’s fireworks include a German beer festival, music from Gok Wan MBE, an ice disco and a dazzling light show. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, November 5.

Tickets can be bought online.

On Friday November 4, Wimbledon Park will also put on a great display.

Featuring pyrotechnics and fireworks for a dramatic show, Wimbledon Park’s event will also feature rides and a variety of food stalls for snacks.

Tickets can be booked online.

Battersea Power Station will also be running two nights of events over November 5 and 6.

Tuck into food and drink from the restaurants and bars at nearby Battersea Power Station, before enjoying the Battersea fireworks display on the banks of the river Thames. Pick between Bonfire Night on 5 November or Family Night on 6 November, which has an earlier start.

Tickets can be booked online.

Bonfire nights across England

Lewes in Sussex has probably the most famous of all bonfire night events in England, as it notably burns religious and cultural effigies.

Previous years’ bonfires have included effigies of Luftwaffe bombers and Viking longboats, as well as a number of politicians and popes. There is also the striking image of the 17 burning crosses to represent the burning of martyrs of Lewes back in the 16th Century.

This year it takes place on Saturday, November 5. Book your tickets online.

If you’re up north, there’s plenty of big shows to choose from.

Leeds Castle which is in Kent, not Leeds, puts on what is thought to be the biggest pyrotechnic show in the South East of England.

This year, events are taking place on November 5 and 6. Book your tickets online.

Near Wigan there’s the Haigh Woodland Park Fireworks.

Featuring more family entertainment than before with a bigger line up of family entertainment, a bigger stage and a bigger firework display from National Firework Champions – SM ART Pyro.

Tickets for Bonfire Night at Haigh Woodland Park can be bought online.

Folks around Manchester can go to the Lancashire Mining Museum at Astley Green.

Taking place on November 5, tickets are now on sale online.

The best way to find your nearest firework display is to check your local area – usually council-run parks and open spaces will host an evening of fun.

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