Where are the firework displays around York? Bonfire night guide 2015

Oooh… aaah… Photograph © Darren Glanville on Wikipedia
28 Oct 2015 @ 11.06 am
| Entertainment, Family

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Bang! Whizz! Crackle! No, it’s not your Rice Krispies gone mad, it’s Bonfire Night.

If you fancy something more than an assortment of fizzers in your back garden, there are a few big displays to choose from – the first this Saturday (October 31).

Don’t worry if we’ve missed your event off – drop us an email and we’ll update the guide.

And here’s to Guy Fawkes, the York resident whose pyrotechnic plotting made all this possible…


Big screen entertainment is added to the fireworks at Kaboom. Photograph: Bailey Cooper
Big screen entertainment is added to the fireworks at Kaboom. Photograph: Bailey Cooper

Castle Howard

Oct 31, 4.30pm (fireworks at 8pm)



The DeLorean time machine made famous in a quiet little independent film that no one has ever heard of (or, indeed, talks about) is just one of the movie ‘stars’ playing a role in the blockbuster firework display Kaboom! at Castle Howard.

Guy Fawkes, a Star Wars’ Stormtrooper and a fire-glow juggler are all hitching a lift for the joint Halloween/bonfire night celebration, which includes a firework spectacular synchronized to a stirring medley of Bond themes and outdoor cinema screenings of Back To The Future, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and Toy Story, celebrating its 20th.

Look out for special red love heart fireworks too. Perfect for romantic fire-starters.

Fire Fighters Charity Firework Display

Rawcliffe Country Park

Nov 7, 6.30-8.30pm


Tickets from Park&Ride offices + fire stations

Who better to receive funds from a bonfire night shindig than firefighters? Following the success of last year’s event, the City of York Council-backed firework display at Rawcliffe Country Park is once again raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

As well as the usual bonfire and fireworks, there’ll also be plenty of food and drink, stalls, a hog roast, a display of fire service equipment and music from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service Pipe Band.

York Maze Fireworks Spectacular

A fiery end to the Maze's year. Photograph: York Maze on Facebook
A fiery end to the Maze’s year. Photograph: York Maze on Facebook

Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane

Nov 5, 4.30-10.30pm



They don’t do anything by halves at York Maze, so it should come as no surprise that they’re lighting the city’s biggest bonfire.

There will also be food stalls, live music, sideshows and fireworks choreographed to music. This is a pre-booked ticketed event, so don’t just turn up on the night with a pack of sparklers and a hopeful smile.

Dunnington Bonfire & Fireworks

Eastfield Showground, Dunnington

Nov 7, 4.45pm (fireworks at 6.30pm)



If all the noisy booming, oohing and aahing of bonfire night gets on your wick, head to Dunnington where you can enjoy a display of ‘quiet fireworks’ at 5.40pm. These will, alas, only last for five minutes, then it’s back to the live music and loud fireworks for the rest of the evening.

There is a beer tent, however, where you’ll be able to adjourn to complain about the pesky racket.

Poppleton Bonfire & Fireworks Spectacular

The Poppleton Centre, Main Street, Poppleton

Nov 5, 5-9pm


Tickets from the centre + Post Office

If you have a burning desire for hot hog and cold cream (and why the heck wouldn’t you?) then pop along to Poppleton’s ever-popular bonfire night celebration.

As well as feasting on a hog roast, ice cream, donuts, burgers and hot dogs, you can also enjoy a firework display, fairground rides and games, a bar and a live band.

Ebor Bonfire Party

Bonfire Night at the Ebor, from the pub's Facebook page
Bonfire Night at the Ebor, from the pub’s Facebook page

Ebor Inn, Main Street, Bishopthorpe

Nov 5, 6pm (fireworks at 7.30pm)

£1.50-£2.50 from behind the bar

The Ebor on Facebook

Remember, remember to buy your ticket for the annual Ebor pub firework display before you get the beers in. Oh, come on, you know what you’re like. One lager shandy too many and you’ll forget the ticket and come back with a bag of pork scratching instead.

On the big night, there’ll be a fire, fireworks, an outside bar and lots of lovely pub grub on offer.

The Fox on Bonfire Night

The Fox, 168 Holgate Road, York YO24 4DQ

Thu Nov 5 @ 6-9pm


The Fox on Twitter

A party around the bonfire in the Fox’s fine beer garden. Entertainment comes from Irish duo The Flying Donkeys.