Where to go in Somerset, Bath and Bristol to get the best bangs for your bucks
Fantastic Fireworks, Longleat House & Gardens, nr Warminster, Fri 25 & Sat 26 Oct, Fri 1 & Sat 2 Nov
If the fireworks and classic soundtrack match the setting of this historic house and stunning grounds (and it sounds as if they will) it should be epic. Not many tickets left.
Light up Lansdown, Bath Racecourse, Bath, Fri 1 Nov
A biggie, with fairground, assorted kids’ entertainment, massive bonfire and a 10-minute firework show accompanied by a Disney soundtrack. The jacket potato feasts sound good too. Gates opens 5pm, with fireworks at approx 7.45pm.
Downend Round Table Fireworks, Downend, Bristol, Fri 1 Nov
Now in its 48th year, with pulled pork, burgers, candy floss and Great Western Brewing in charge of the bar. This year’s charity is Network Counselling and Training Bristol. Gates open 5.30pm; children’s display (more visual effects than loud bangs) 6.30pm; main display (some ear cracking whoppers), 8pm.
Fireworks at Forde, Forde Abbey, nr Chard, Sat 2 Nov
Live music from ‘Lost’, pipes and drums (surely the only place in Somerset where this happens), sweet potatoes, burgers, bangers and deep fried cookie dough and ice cream, Otter Beers and a bonfire procession – and fireworks. Set within a Capability Brown garden with the historic Abbey as a backdrop, this should be spectacular. Gates open from 5pm; fireworks from 7pm.
Bruton Bonfire Night, Sheephouse Farm, Brewham, Sat 2 Nov
This one comes with live music, food from the fire and mulled cider supplied by the fab Roth Bar & Grill. In aid of local schools and – to declare an interest – one of them’s the Muddies’ school. Gates open 5pm.
Yeovil Fireworks, Yeovil Showground, Yeovil, Sat 2 Nov
Funfair, live music, grub, bar and a 17-minute firework display. Gates open 5pm; fireworks 8pm.
Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, around Bridgwater, Sat 2 Nov
Not a conventional fireworks display but the squibbing – the simultaneous firing of large fireworks along the road to create a huge trail of fire – is unique. The biggest and best of the famous illuminated Somerset carnivals with samba, marching bands, choirs street performers and those spectacular illuminated floats. Fun starts at 10am, procession at 6pm. See their website for full info, including where to park (essential).
Puxton Park, Hewish, nr Weston-super-Mare, Sat 2 Nov
Got Littlies? This one might be good for you. As well as the fireworks, there are kids’ rides, a hog roast and BBQ and their 3-storey soft playbarn’s open too. Open from 5pm to 9pm, with fireworks at 7pm.
Frome Fireworks, The Old Showfield, Frome, Sat 2 Nov
Free event organised by the Rotary Clubs. Gates open 6.30pm. Fireworks, accompanied by music, at 7.30pm.
Bath Rotary Club Fireworks, Bath Recreation Ground, Bath, Sat 2 Nov
With Bath Abbey as backdrop, and all in aid of charity, this year, primarily Bath City Farm. Gates open 5.30pm, with fireworks from 7pm.
Bonfire night, Oake Manor, Taunton, Sat 2 Nov
Fireworks on a golf course, hot dogs, hog roast and a disco afterwards. Gates open at 5pm, bonfire at 6pm and fireworks 6.30pm.
Bristol Fireworks Fiesta, Canford Park, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, Sat 2 Nov
No bonfires, no fun fairs but an ambling band will entertain before the stonking fireworks display begins. Run by the Bristol Round Table and Rotary Club of Bristol in aid of assorted charities. Gates open 5.30pm with fireworks at 7pm.
Fireworks in Crewkerne, Misterton, Sat 2 Nov
Meet Behind The Stagecoach, 6.30pm–8pm. Rotary Club of Crewkerne.
Fireworks to Music Spectacular, Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, Keynsham, Sun 3 Nov
Fireworks, funfair, food and licensed bar, with music from 1989–2019 celebrating their 30th birthday. Area set aside for sparklers with donations to the Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity. Gates open 5.30pm. Must book in advance.
Burnham-on-Sea Fireworks Display, Burnham-on-Sea, Sun 3 Nov
Free seafront fireworks with music as part of the Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Carnival weekend. 6.30pm.
Iminster Bonfire & Fireworks, The Archie Gooch Football Pavillion, Ilminster, Sun 3 Nov
Gates open at 4pm, bonfire at 5pm and fireworks at 6pm.
Hatch Fireworks at Taunton Racecourse, Taunton, Tues 5 Nov
Said to be Taunton’s largest bonfire night, with bar, kids’ rides, hog roasts, fish ‘n’ chips and fireworks set off to music. In association with local radio station Tone FM and raising money for Sight Somerset. Gates open from 5pm; fireworks at 9pm.
Fireworks, Chard Rugby Ground, Chard, Tues 5 Nov
BBQ, drinks and whizzbang fireworks in aid of the Junior Club and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Gates open 6pm.
Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, Sat 9 Nov
Fireworks at sea in aid of Weston Hospicecare. Buy a ticket to view from the pier, from 6.30pm with display around 8pm. Ticket includes unlimited fairground rides and nosh like fish and chips.
Firework Extravaganza, Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, Sat 9 Nov
Rockets and starbursts with an atmospheric backdrop. Gates open 5pm; Bonfire 7pm and Fireworks 7.30pm.