Top five fireworks displays in the UK

Remember, remember, the 5th of November – and in order to enjoy the best experience possible, you’re advised to start plotting your unforgettable fireworks fiesta right away.

Bonfire Night 2017 is set to be truly explosive up and down the country, and of course, many firework displays will take place on Saturday 4th as well as Sunday 5th this year. So, you might ask, where are the best displays near me?

Fireworks Festival

Unsurprisingly, London’s Alexandra Palace consistently ranks among the UK’s biggest and best, with its Fireworks Festival taking place across both November 3rd and 4th. It’s a wonderful backdrop for Londoners to watch a spectacular display, boosted further by a funfair, parades, ice-skating, a German bier festival-within-the-festival, and much more.

For a relaxing, convenient stay in the city before and after, Apex Temple Court Hotel and Apex London Wall Hotel are both just a short distance away from Alexandra Palace when travelling by public transport, offering ideal accommodation for firework-loving families and couples.

Famous abbey lit up

You may not associate a world heritage spa city with an annual feast of pyrotechnics, but historic Bath puts on one of Britain’s best displays. The city’s Rotary Club welcomes thousands to The Recreation Ground in Spring Gardens on Saturday November 4th, with gates opening at 5.30pm and the action starting in earnest at 7pm. Standing and seated tickets are available from the Bath Box Office, with proceeds going to charity. Watch out for the city’s famous abbey being lit up by this stunning show.

You can relax in style afterwards at the four-star Apex City of Bath Hotel – the city’s largest – which offers great leisure facilities, as well as a bar and restaurant that treats diners to classic French cooking with a British twist.

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Carnival atmosphere

Hitting the high notes in Scotland is Glasgow’s own colourful cacophony, taking place at Glasgow Green on Sunday 5th where the fun starts at 5pm, with the actual fireworks display following at 7.30pm. Music, funfair rides, and food stalls make for a great carnival atmosphere, with the launch of more than 3,000 fireworks providing an exhilarating climax.

It’s also a free event that welcomes 50,000 annually, so arrive in plenty of time to be assured of a good vantage point. Many like to watch the Glasgow Green fireworks display from outside the park confines where arguably a better view is had without the bustle.

If you prefer to avoid the crowds altogether, then there are plenty of other great Glasgow spots from which to enjoy this sparkling spectacle – Queens Park and University of Glasgow spring to mind for their great views.

However, it’s worth keeping in mind that our own Apex City of Glasgow Hotel on Bath Street offers with stunning floor-to-ceiling views, making for a brilliant and romantic spot for couples to enjoy the colourful extravaganza happening across the city that weekend.

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City’s longest running

Remaining north of the border, Edinburgh’s Meadowbank Stadium offers a now famous display that’s the city’s longest running, going back 30 years. This year’s event takes place on Sunday November 5th from 6pm. Here, you’ll get a full half-an-hour of airborne explosive delights for all the family.

Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel, Apex Grassmarket Hotel and Apex Haymarket Hotel are all within easy walking distance of the stadium.

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Two major fireworks events

Further north, there’s Dundee’s own extravaganza – and the city just can’t get enough of Guy Fawkes Night, boasting two major fireworks events that are both free of charge in Baxter Park and Lochee Park on Saturday November 4th. They’re expected to start at around 6pm with a radio roadshow on hand at both sites. The four-star Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa is within walking distance of both parks, and enjoys a great Waterfront location next to the highly-anticipated V&A Museum which is due to open in 2018.

Sharing this wonderful British tradition in the best possible way with family, friends, and partners has never been easier – but with so many crowding to the same spots, effectively planning ahead remains a must.


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