Top Six "Ooh! Aah!" Fireworks Events in North London

Written by: Gráinne Regan

LOCK UP YO DOGS. Bonfire Night is here. Or more appropriately, Fireworks Night.

Sporadic bangs can already be heard on a nightly basis along quiet residential roads, heralding the countdown to November 5th. The neighbours are either testing out their fireworks or engaged in a minor gangland war. Hard to know which is more likely.

Recently, Hallowe’en has kind of overshadowed Guy Fawkes’ big night. People are more likely to spend their time carving pumpkins than they are creating a Guy effigy to put on top of a bonfire.

But this year, November 5th falls on a Saturday so there really is no excuse not to go all out and celebrate the fact that the Houses of Parliament weren’t blown up in 1605…. Wooo! 

We’ve compiled a list of all the Bonfire Night celebrations that the North Four hinterland has to offer, giving you enough aerial sparkles for at least one decent Instagram post.

1. Alexandra Palace Fireworks

Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY

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The big daddy of fireworks in North London; Ally Pally takes Bonfire Night to the next level with a funfair, ice-skating (yes, Winter really is here), a German beer festival and a Day of the Dead parade. 

Unfortunately, tickets for Saturday night are already sold out (WHO ARE THESE UBER ORGANISED PEOPLE?!), with Friday’s allocation going quickly. 

Separate tickets are required for ice skating and the beer festival, so this is definitely one of the more expensive options going.

Friday 4th November, entry from 4pm, fireworks at 9pm; Saturday 5th November, entry from 3pm, fireworks at 8pm. £11 adults (kids £8.50) tickets available here.

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2. Clissold Park Firework Pyromusical

Clissold Park, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 9HJ

What on earth’s a pyromusical I hear you ask? I’m not really sure but it sounds like it has potential to be GREAT. Bonfire Night sees Clissold Park throw its sunset curfew to the wind for a rare after dark celebration of colour and music! There’s food, there’s drink, there’s street performers and most importantly, there’s a theme. It’s animals and everyone’s encouraged to dress up! God, I wish it was Saturday already.

Saturday 5th November, entry from 5:30pm, fireworks at 7pm. £8.50 adults (kids £2.50) tickets available here. Reduced rate for local residents.

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3. Highgate School Fireworks Festival

Senior Field, Highgate School, Bishopswood Road, N6 4AY

That’s right, this school has its very own fireworks display. Kids these days – they don’t know how lucky they have it. *Shakes fist*. Seriously though, this event sounds great. The amazing Parents Association have arranged music, magic, fairground rides and strangely edgy street food stalls from the likes of Dirty Burger, Tootoomoo and Jamon Jamon. They even have one of those photobooth taxis! Something tells me one of the parents is a professional events manager.

Saturday 5th November, kids show 4pm-6.30pm; adults show 7pm-9:30 pm, £15 adults (kids £10) tickets available here.

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4. Wild Wolf Fireworks

Bounds Green Scout Park, Gorden Road, N11 2PB

The Wild Wolf fireworks display probably takes the biscuit as the most wholesome family friendly event on our list.

Organised by a local scouts’ brigade, the evening promises a good old fashioned bonfire (an element that many events strangely lack), kids’ entertainment, an unseasonal barbecue, Norwegian waffles and doughnuts.

No alcohol allowed but with all the aforementioned going on, who needs beer?! *Warning* you will feel an unhealthy sense of community spirit wash over you at this particular display and may find yourself signing up for The Wild Wolves Scout Club in the presence of such warm and friendly volunteers and families. 

Saturday 5th November, entry from 5pm, fireworks at 7:30pm.

£5 adults (kids £4, Under 6s free) tickets available here.

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5. Coram’s Fields Family Fireworks

93 Guildford Street, WC1N 1DN

If you’re on a budget, then this is the display for you. Entry to the event is free and unticketed. Last year 6,000 people turned up so you’re best off getting to the venue early to make sure you can see at least one firework go off. This is a fundraising event for Corams Fields, a charity which provides activities and safe spaces for kids in London and they’ve organised food stalls and fairground rides to accompany their community firework display.

Friday 4th November, entry from 3pm, fireworks at 5:15pm. Free, more information available here.

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6. Great Fire of London Fireworks Display, Victoria Park

Grove Rd, Bow, E3 5TB

This one is kind of cheating as technically, Victoria Park is in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets, BUT it does border Hackney so we’ve included it for posterity. Don’t say we aren’t good to you. The evening not only celebrates Bonfire Night but also gives a nod to the Great Fire of London which happened 350 years ago. This is another free event (our favourite kind!) and there’ll be stalls selling food and mulled wine if you fancy a cheeky beverage.

Sunday 6th November, entry from 6pm, fireworks at 7pm. Free, more information available here.

Want more November festivity suggestions? Have a peruse of our monthly to do list and feed that empty little diary of yours.

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