by Isabelle Hannah
The lead up to Christmas is a wonderful time of year. October has all the fun and delight that Halloween brings (how can you not smile walking around a pumpkin patch?!) And November is the start of all celebrations. With Christmas markets lining the streets, brimming with trinkets, gourmet street food and the aroma of mulled wine, Bonfire Night festivities almost escape the best of us.
On the 5th November 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested guarding explosives beneath the House of Lords in an attempt to kill King James I. Across the capital, bonfires were lit in celebration of the King’s survival.
The tradition has long remained and below are details of some of the upcoming firework displays in the region where you can soak up the atmosphere. With events spread out over the weekend, you could be greedy and attend more than one display…
The Trearddur Bay Hotel is the setting for this display, which you can attend knowing you’ve done your bit for charity. The display is free but the donations collected on the night go to Cancer Research UK. There will be a bonfire lighting at 6:30pm and the firework display will begin at 7pm.
This display is incredibly popular and with good reason. Music, a bonfire & fireworks…this event has it all. The bonfire is lit from 7pm and the fireworks follow at 7:30pm. Beaumaris’ very own town band will be there to entertain you all from 6pm. The entertainment will continue on the green after the display so why not make a night of it! The money raised from entry fees (£5 per person with children under 12 going free) goes towards the next event. The fireworks are set off from the pier and it’s definitely worth heading along if you’re in the area.
Insider’s tip: get there early if you can because parking can be difficult when this event is on. You could always have some supper in one of the restaurants or pubs whilst you wait.
Penrhos Beach is the place to head to for this event. Gates open at 5:30pm with the bonfire being lit at 6:15pm followed by the fireworks being set off at 7pm. All children are free but adults are £3 – the cost does go towards various good causes, so know you’ll be doing some good whilst observing.
This is a popular annual display set in Eirias Park & certainly one to pop on your list. The bonfire will be lit around 7:15pm and the firework display will kick off around 7:30pm. You can enter the display for free but there will be a collection with 50% of the money raised going to the Firefighters’ Charity.
Insider’s Tip: You can park for free at the Civic Centre or North Wales Police Headquarters with disabled parking at Eirias High School.
The iconic Pier on the North Shore is the setting for this stunning display of pyrotechnics – it’s one of my favourite displays in the whole of North Wales! This year we’ve got the added bonus of it being on the weekend, too. The display will begin at 7pm and is free to watch (donations are welcome). The backdrop of Llandudno shore is just delightful and well worth the trip for me from Anglesey.
This one draws the crowds, even though the location isn’t as inspiring as the likes of Beaumaris and Llandudno. Set in a car park on Beach Road, but you can see out to sea from here if you’re in the right spot.
Insider’s Tip: This event is free and very popular with families that don’t want to travel as far as Llandudno and don’t want the mad scramble for parking that you can experience at Beaumaris.
Head towards the glorious castle for this event – what a backdrop! This is another of my absolute favourite displays. It begins at 7pm and you can get incredible views from the Slate Quay and Promenade.
The annual display will take place at Glasdir car park in Llanrwst. Start time is 6pm, although fireworks will be set off at 7pm and the trees lining the river bank are also lit up, giving it a festive twist. There will be a fair as well as the usual food and drink that you’d expect (hot dogs and burgers with those delightful fried onions and soft buns….yum!).
Insider’s Tip: Arrive early because this event is free and therefore very popular.
This year it will be held at Dylan’s restaurant and there’ll be a bonfire and display to enjoy. The official start time is 6:30pm when the bonfire will be lit with the firework display itself following on at 8pm. There will be hot street food & music to keep the adults happy, along with entertainment for the little ones! It’s free to attend, but donations are welcomed to cover the costs.
Why not turn your Bonfire Night celebrations into a short break in North Wales? With October Half Term around the same time, grab yourself a family-friendly holiday cottage and extend your celebrations.
Browse our collection of North Wales holiday cottages today or get in touch with one of our travel experts for further information.
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