10 Best UK Firework Displays 2020
Remember, remember, the 5th of November.
Annually, Britons up and down the country light sparklers and launch fireworks into the sky to honour the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Bonfire Night is arguably the country’s most visually spectacular tradition, here is our list of the UK’s best firework displays to attend on your camping trip this November.
1. Drayton Manor Fireworks Spectacular
Where: Drayton Manor, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW
What: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Drayton Manor are holding an interstellar Fireworks Spectacular event for this year’s Bonfire Night. Finish your fantastic day out at Drayton Manor Theme Park by standing beneath a starry sky and gazing at the outstanding firework display above.
Nearest campsite: Drayton Manor Club Site (2 minute drive*)
2. Kenilworth Castle Annual Bonfire & Fireworks Gala
Where: Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 ING
What: A firm favourite among locals in the historic Warwickshire town of Kenilworth, the Annual Bonfire and Fireworks Gala is hosted by local community group, the Kenilworth Round Table. Spend a day uncovering the fascinating medieval history of Kenilworth Castle before watching the sky above the fortress light up with a wide array of pyrotechnics.
Nearest campsite: Kingsbury Water Park Club Site (35 minute drive*)
3. Ride the Rocket Firework Train
Where: Llangollen Railway, Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL20 8SN
When: 1st November 2020
What: Meandering through the Dee Valley Area of Natural Beauty, close to the Anglo-Welsh border, the Llangollen Railway is a unique way of exploring the Welsh countryside. Climb aboard an evening steam train to Carrog, stopping off at Glyndyfrdwy station for a fabulous fireworks display.
Nearest campsite: Bala Club Site (30 minute drive*)
4. Tutbury Castle Vikings and Firework Spectacular
Where: Tutbury Castle, Tutbury, Staffordshire, DE13 9JF
What: Situated in rural Staffordshire, Tutbury Castle is a ruined medieval fortress with a Tudor garden, popular for hosting paranormal events. Voted as one of the UK’s best firework displays, Tutbury Castle is hosting a firework display with a Viking theme. The fireworks will be followed by a moonlit battle and a traditional Viking funeral.
Nearest campsite: Conkers Club Site and Ashborne Club Site (35 minute drive*)
5. LEGOLAND Fireworks Spectacular
Where: LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4AY
When: 6th - 8th November 2020
What: After a fantastic family day-out exploring LEGOLAND Windsort Resort and its Halloween-themed Brick or Treat event, you can watch their incredible display for Bonfire Night. Their annual show is famed for the firework display with a twist – fireworks that turn into exploding LEGO bricks with some help from the special Brick Glasses!
Nearest campsite: Chertsey Club Site (28 minute drive*)
6. Bonfire and Fireworks at Chatsworth
Where: Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 IPP
When: 31st October - 1st November 2020
What: Nestled in the heart of the Peak District National Park, Chatsworth House is one of England’s most iconic stately homes; famed for its diverse art and breath-taking landscapes. Spend the day exploring the lavish rooms and vast parkland before observing the glittering fireworks beside the warmth of the blazing bonfire.
Nearest campsite: Bakewell Club Site (21 minute drive*)
7. Edenbridge Bonfire Night
Where: Edenbridge Recreation Ground, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 5HL
When: 7th November 2020
What: Kent’s most famous firework celebration, Edenbridge Bonfire Night is a fantastic event to attend this November. Wander through local stalls, ride fairground rides, dance to the resident DJ and keep an eye out for their famous effigies – Guy Fawkes and a nominated “Celebrity Guy”.
Nearest campsite: Crowborough Club Site (25 minute drive*)
8. Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary
Where: Mill Street, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1BZ
When: 5th November 2020
What: Hosted in the sleepy Devonshire town of Ottery St Mary, the Tar Barrel tradition dates back to the 17th century. In the weeks prior to Bonfire night, the barrels are soaked with tar. On the night, they are lit in the town centre and hoisted onto local’s backs and carried through the streets, to the glee of spectators.
Nearest campsite: Charmouth Club Site (30 minute drive*)
9. Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
Where: Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7SS
What: Arguably London’s must-see firework display on Bonfire Night, the Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival offers the chance to see exploding fireworks back-dropped by a panoramic view of London. Featuring a German beer festival and diverse street food, you’ll need to book in advance to see this spectacle as it always sells out.
Nearest campsite: Theobalds Park Club Site (34 minute drive*)
10. Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular
Where: Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL
When: 7th and 8th November 2020
What: Celebrating the end of its 900th anniversary in style, Leeds Castle will fill the sky with an explosion of colours, bangs and whizzes. This year’s “around the world” theme offers live music, fairground rides, a live DJ set and an incredible pyrotechnic show.
Nearest campsite: Oldbury Hill Club Site (28 minute drive*)
Need more inspiration for your next camping trip? Take a look at some more Holiday Ideas. Why not pair a trip with a visit to one of the UK’s best Christmas Markets.
*Drive times are approximate and may vary depending on traffic and weather conditions.