York Bonfire Night 2014: Where to see the fireworks

31 Oct 2014 @ 2.28 pm
| Entertainment
Flash, bang, wallop – it’s that time of year again. Photograph: Kaboom / Bailey Cooper Photography

Looking for something more spectacular than a few second rate squibs in your back garden? Here’s where the organised displays are this year

York display

  Rawcliffe Country Park, Shipton Road, York, YO30 5XZ

  Sat Nov 8 @ 6.30pm – 8.30pm

  £7 for adults and £3 for children. Under-3s free

  Tickets are available at

  • all Park&Ride offices
  • York, Acomb and Huntington fire stations during weekday office hours
  • the Press offices on Walmgate

Fireworks return to Rawcliffe Country Park in 2014. The Fire Fighters Charity firework display takes place on Saturday, November 8.

It is a joint effort between the charity, which provides support to fire fighters and their families, the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service – whose Pipe Band will be providing musical entertainment – and the council, which has waived fees for the event.

There will be stalls, a hog roast, and displays of fire service equipment, including a fire engine.

Tickets have to be bought in advance.

York Maze

Tom Pearcy of York Maze with a giant firework

  York Maze, Elvington Lane, York, YO19 5LT

  Wed Nov 5 @ 4.30pm

  Adults £13.50, under 15 £10.50, under 3 free

  York Maze website

‘A great year for Yorkshire’ is the theme of the York Maze fireworks display on Wednesday, November 5.

The pyrotechnics will be choreographed to a soundtrack of hits from great Yorkshire bands and artists, including the Kaiser Chiefs, Pulp, and York’s own John Barry.

Guest of honour will be Alistair Griffin. His song The Road, the anthem of the Tour de France Yorkshire Grand Depart, will also feature.

Doors open at 4.30pm, the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm and more than one tonne of fireworks will be detonated from 8pm.

After all that, York band Huge will perform their usual energy filled set.


  Acorn Rugby Club, Thanet Road, Acomb, York YO24 2NW

  Wed Nov 5 @ 6pm


  Facebook event page

For those on the south side of York, the Acorn Rugby Club is again hosting a fireworks display.

They’ve gone for Guy Fawkes Night itself, Wednesday, November 5, with gates opening at 6pm and the display itself timed for 7.30pm.

Free entry, and there’s a barbecue, soup and toffee apples to keep the hunger pangs at bay.


  The Marcia Inn, 29 Main Street, Bishopthorpe, York YO23 2RA

  Sun Nov 2 @ 7pm

  Adults £3, children £1.50

  The Marcia website

Bishopthorpe has two events this year. The first is a bonfire and fireworks display at the Marcia Inn on Sunday, November 2.

The annual fireworks was a big success last year and organisers are appealing for all to get their tickets as soon as possible.

The fun starts at 7pm when the bonfire is lit. There is also a barbecue and kids face painting.

  Ebor Inn, 46 Main Street, Bishopthorpe, York YO23 2RB

  Wed Nov 5 @ 7pm

  Adults £2.50, children £1.50

  Ebor Inn Facebook page

Tickets are now on sale at the Ebor Inn for a second lot of fiery fun in Bishopthorpe.

Likely to be a popular community event, the Bishopthorpe bonfire includes a tombola and raffle in aid of village organisations and local charities.

With more than 30 trained stewards in attendance, everyone will be safe to enjoy the elemental evening.


  Farmers Field, Dunnington, York YO19 5ND

  Sat Nov 8 @ 4.45pm-7.30pm

  £6, under 4s free. Family ticket £20

  Dunnington Fayre website

York songstress and former The Voice contestant Beth McCarthy will provide musical entertainment both before and after the fireworks on Saturday, November 8.

There’s a bonfire, food, sweets for the kids, a beer tent for the grown ups and free parking.

Beth starts her first set just after the bonfire is lit at 5.30pm, and the fireworks go up an hour later.


  The Poppleton Centre, Main Street, Upper Poppleton, York YO26 6JT

  Wed Nov 5 @ 5pm

  Adults £7, children £3, under 5s free

  Poppleton Centre website

The Poppleton Centre firework spectacular, on Wednesday, November 5, is centred round a “huge bonfire”.

There’s a bar and a hog roast too. Tickets must be bought in advance – they’re on sale at the Poppleton Centre.

  The Red Lion, Boroughbridge Road, Upper Poppleton, York YO26 6PR

  Sat Nov 8 @ 6.30pm


  Red Lion Facebook page

Meanwhile, the Red Lion, Upper Poppleton, include not just a fireworks display but an Elvis tribute and fancy dress competition too on Saturday, November 8.

There’s a barbecue with home made sausages and burgers at the event. Ticket only, available from the bar.

Kaboom at Castle Howard

Stunning backdrop… Castle Howard at night

  Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA

  Sat Nov 1 @ 5.30pm

  Adults £12.50, under 15s £10, under-4s free, family £25

  Kaboom website

Kaboom has decamped from York to the splendour of Castle Howard with a fireworks display on Saturday, November 1.

Doors open at 5.30pm, with carnival performers and Minster FM on hand to keep you entertained before the display, which features one firework so big it can be seen seven miles away.

So close to Halloween, the night has a spooky theme. After the display you can watch Ghostbusters on the big screen, and the ubiquitous Beth McCarthy will perform her own version of the classic movie’s theme as part of her set.