At Wales Tourists Online HQ we love autumn – the crisp air, the incredible colours of the trees and, of course, the odd conker competition. To cap it all off, we get Bonfire Night on the 5th of November. An excuse for hot dogs, sparklers and maybe a pint or two of something warming. In today’s post we want to show you some of the best bonfire and firework displays Wales has to offer you this year (2015). Let us know where you head to and if you have any recommendations:
Beaumaris Bonfire Night, Anglesey, Saturday 7th November 2015
Kicking off our guide to bonfire night in Wales with a big, bright bang (pun fully intended) is Beaumaris Bonfire and Fireworks Night. For £4 (children are free though!) you’ll be treated to a firework display that will fill the sky and a bonfire on the beach. In 2014 the event expected 8000 people to attend, so you might want to think about parking and finding a spot sharpish. For photos and more information, you can check out the Beaumaris Fireworks Facebook page.
Fact: Did you know that the first ever known fireworks display in England took place at Henry VII wedding, way back in 1486?
Llandudno Firework Display, Llandudno, Saturday 7th November 2015
The Llandudno Firework Display will get you and your family ooohing and aaahing like you’ve never ooohed and aaahed before. Taking place on Saturday 7th of November the fireworks in this display are made the more spectacular by its pier setting. Watch the fireworks explode overhead and see their reflections in the waves below. Magnificent.
This event is free and is so popular it has its own Facebook page where you can find out more information ahead of the big event.
Here’s a video of last year’s firework display:
Ride the Rocket Firework Train, Llangollen, Sunday 1st November 2015
If you’re looking for an alternative bonfire night, something that’s slightly different from all of the events you’ve been to in the past, then climbing aboard the Ride the Rocket Firework Train might be just what you’re after. Yep, you read that right. A firework train.
For £16 (adult return) or £10 (child return) you get to board a beautiful steam train at Llangollen and then ride to Glyndyfrdwy. Here you’ll enjoy a stunning fireworks display. You can buy hot refreshments on board, as well as alcoholic drinks. If you fancy a firework display with a twist, book now. The train has been fully booked for the last four years. You’ve been warned.
The fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
We know no reason why gunpowder treason
should never, ever be forgot.”
DIY bonfire night party
Don’t want to roam far this firework night? If that’s the case you could always host your own bonfire night party at home or have a little celebration in the holiday cottage you’re staying in. Although fireworks might be out of the question, indoor fireworks can be a good alternative. You could make your bonfire night bonanza extra special with apple bobbing, roasting marshmallows over a fire (a chimenea might work if you can’t have a full-blown bonfire in your back garden) and a big batch of pumpkin soup people can help themselves to. Ginger cake or parkin cake, spicy sausages and a cheese fondue are also great bonfire night party food options.
Fact: Did you know that on the 5th of November every year the men, women and children who live in St Ottery, Devon celebrate Tar Barrel Festival? The participants set light to barrels that contain tar and, with the lit barrels on their heads, run through the streets.
Remember to let us know how you got on if you go to a firework display this bonfire night in Wales! We love hearing about your trips and recommendations.