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

North Four, North London magazine, bonfire, November, fireworks

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.

North Four, North London magazine, bonfire, campfire, November

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.

North Four, North London magazine, bonfire, November, fireworks

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.

North Four, North London magazine, bonfire, campfire, November

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.

North Four, North London magazine, bonfire, November, fireworks

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.

North Four, North London magazine, bonfire, November, fireworks

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.

North Four, North London magazine, kings cross remix, good times, london clubbing, theatre, play, review, night life
Culture

Theatre of Changing Spaces: Kings Cross in the '80s

“Only last night I found myself lost / by the station called King's Cross. / Dead and wounded on either side / you know it's only a matter of time.” [Pet Shop Boys - Kings Cross] It’s the night after the play and I’m standing at the bar of ‘The Big Chill House’ on Pentonville Road in Kings Cross. It’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ (#TBT) and happy hour is definitely over.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, laura bird, ceramics, pottery, glaze, figures, planters, candles, artist
Culture

Local Creatives: Laura Bird Ceramics

Ceramics with charisma. Local pottery genius, Laura Bird has of course graced the digital pages of It’s Nice That, sold out in Anthropologie* and taken her seat at many a London ceramics stall since just recently starting her career in ceramics. It’s no surprise she is well loved: her unique and gentle humour exudes from every jar, planter and candlestick holder, adorned with cheeky expressions and impish grins.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, walnut cafe and dining, restaurant, cuisine, launch, stroud green, finsbury park
Eat & Drink

Fresh Comfort Food: Walnut Cafe and Dining

Having worked in hospitality with a keen artist’s eye, the Arts Building knew Emma was perfect to take over the space. They were after a morning to night eatery for the neighbourhood, one for local residents and workers alike. Knowing the street’s reputation as a bit of a foodie strip, the menu had to be up to scratch for it’s discerning super-taster of a community. Yes, we’re a hungry bunch in Stroud Green.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, supper club, twin peaks, cuisine, dining, olivia potts, kate young, food writers, chefs, twin peaks, agent cooper
Events

Twin Peaks Supper Club, North London

At the time of writing this the menu has just been released for Food by Feast’s new supper club. I imagine, however, that by the time you read this every dining space will be swiftly filled. If you aren’t acquainted with the duo yet (tsk), they’re the genius collaboration of Cordon Bleu chef and food writer Olivia Potts and Guardian food writer and cook, Kate Young. Having successfully completed the likes of a Gilmore Girls supper club to rapturous applause and smacking lips recently, the latest menu experience is Twin Peaks inspired and looks equally witty and delectable.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, sound bath, gong bath experience, healing, stoke newington, event, meditation,
Lifestyle

Get Your Shaman On: Gong Bath in Stokey

Sound healing in Stoke Newington. This Thursday 18th May, The Mystery School of Sound are running a de-stress gong bath experience in Stoke Newington Ramadan Mosque. Alongside guided meditation, healing process and gong performace, you’ll get a mini intro to healing traditions of the druids and hermetic teaching.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, cannes film festival, the artist, screening, film, the rose and crown, pub, Patron pop up cinema
Culture

Pop Up Cinema: Celebrate Cannes in Kentish Town

Patron Cave a Manger’s pop up cinema are shacking up at The Rose and Crown in Kentish Town to screen The Artist. Soak up the atmoshpere of the Festival du Cannes with swanky popcorn and elegant cocktails. Get red carpet ready for this special screening of The Artist - the ridiculously popular award winning silent French film that everyone fell in love with.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, arancini brothers, risotto balls, street food, pop up, food stall, stoke newington food market, church street, wrap
Events

Stokey Food Market: Fundraising for the Community

Unfortunately rising rents are affecting community spaces in Stoke Newington and their availability. St Mary’s Centre currently provides a space for projects including the Foodbank, Hackney Migrants centre and the Night Shelter but they're at risk of losing their space. To help raise funds to redevelop the space and increase awareness, they are organising a weekend food market in Stokey. The pop-up food market is a launch event for their huge fundraising drive to rebuild the community rooms attached to St Mary's Church in Stoke Newington.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, kate oates, yoga, instagram, chocolate mousse, raspberry, healthy, recipe, avocado, cacao
Eat & Drink

Eating North London: Healthy Chocolate Breakfast with Kate Oates

Healthy chocolate mousse and sexing up your smoothie with Kate Oates. We have found ourselves a yoga guru in Kate Oates, a healthtastic yogi based in Crouch End. When we met her last year she hinted at a few of her own culinary creations and boy were we intrigued. Asking for an exclusive recipe for you health conscious readers, we received a taste sensation of an idea for chocolate breakfast.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, single cylinders, speed dating, bolt motorbike shop, alternative dating
Lifestyle

Alternative Speed Dating with Single Cylinders

“All My Single Cylinders, All My Single Cylinders”. Two girls, sick to the back teeth of Tindering and Bumbling about the bars of London, decided to create their own speed dating night. Involved in the biker community of East London they have created a special series of nights combining live music, motorbikes and speed dates. Bolt Motorbike Shop of Stoke Newington is their latest venue, providing a more intriguing backdrop for your date night and quashing the usual awkwardness of sparse, brightly lit speed dating scenarios. You can admire the motors, enjoy your free drinks and listen to some live music with some top notch handpicked company.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, proper piirakka, Karelian pasties, pies, pop up, cuisine, finland, Aapo Nieminen
Eat & Drink

Pop Up Proper Piirakka in Finsbury Park

In case you’ve never had a piirakka, (also known as Karelian pasties, pies or pirogs) they’re a delicious Finnish treat that you need to try immediately. Whether savoury or sweet, they’re basically a light pastie made with rye flour and a pretty unique variety of filling options. Meet Aapo Nieminen, a native Finnish local who grew up with piirakka. After getting tired of asking friends and family to bring him these naughty little pasties whenever they visited he came up with a plan. “They are an important part of everyday finish life. One day I thought why not just make them yourself?”

Read More...
Lifestyle

North London Bike Tour: Giro d'North Four

The lycra is optional. Coffee however, isn't. On Friday 197 cyclists descended on Sardinia to compete in the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia. For those of you that don't have wardrobes filled with lycra you might never of heard of it but Think Tour d'France but in Italy. Still drawing a blank?

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, cookie dough, cafe, naked dough, old street
Eat & Drink

Millenial Munchers Heaven: Cookie Dough Cafe

Naked Dough have appeared like a pair of beautiful fairy godmothers to lead me to an actual edible cookie dough dance party. Plus they didn’t even tell me what I should wear, they genuinely don’t care. Naked Dough is a new restaurant serving edible cookie dough from tubs, cones and even carry home pots. The ingredients are raw egg free and the flour is heat-treated so you need not worry-like-Edwina-Currie about salmonella and stomach bloat (unless you’re gluten free of course. In which case I’m sorry you’ve stumbled upon this torture page of an article).

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, mint vintage, denim, jeans, launch, party, stoke newington
Events

MINT Vintage, The Denim Edition

Ten years ago MINT Vintage first opened in Covent Garden before moving on to the more creative surrounds of Stoke Newington, pioneering fashion forward vintage. Every piece is hand selected and sourced from all over the world, ensuring every garment is trend driven but timeless and always unique. This May they’ve decided to transform their world in to an “oops we were trying to make corduroy and came up with denim” dreamland*.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, kayaking, secret adventures, canals, canoe, oars, hackney wick
Lifestyle

Carry On Up the Canal with Secret Adventures

Finding myself wandering around Limehouse Basin craving a pint and perhaps even a slice of pizza, I needed to get home to my local Crate Brewery sharpish (they do the freshest craft beers and have award winning pizzas). But how to get there? Stumbling in to Limehouse Station and towards a huge sign saying CLOSED, I consider walking there instead. A short meander riverwards, I reach the canal and begin to notice a group of people donning chunky waistcoats stretching their arms around. I pause for a second, swaying slightly on the spot, watching this mesmerising circle of humans yielding huge double ended spoons.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, psych, music, gig, nambucca, sike!, Dazy Crown
Culture

‘Not another psych night’ at Nambucca

"Ooh they’re doing a psych night at Moth Club Tina!” "What, again?” It’s a familiar sentence. Fast becoming a buzzword for young musos and Beyond Retro dwellers alike, psych music is no longer just for the suede fringed waistcoat wearing Acid Jazz lovers who curse their parents they weren’t born in 1966. No no. The psych music spectrum has spread it’s bendy wings and shaken off it’s lava lamp skin to embrace a whole host of musical genres. From William Burroughs to Pet Sounds to Thee Oh Sees, the genre’s had a birth, decline and resurgence. Nambucca in Finsbury Park are totally capitalising on this revival with their new monthly night, SIKE! This Thursday 11th May, they’re bringing four different acts who are all covering different elements of the psych scene.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, the good egg, stoke newington, beer and bagels, restaurant, menu
Events

Beer and Bagels at The Good Egg, Stokey

Back in 2014 The Good Egg was hatched, mixing Californian sunshine with Tel Aviv traditions to bring one heck of a menu to Stoke Newington. Food critics, instagrammers and swathes of Stokey baby holders flocked to it’s doors to get stuck in to the Jerusalem breakfast, merguez sausage and indeed eggs washed down with spicy brunch cocktails.

Read More...