Top 10 places to see fireworks in Bristol this Bonfire Night
This is an article from 2011. For the events taking place in 2012 see our up-to-date guide.
Despite Bristol City's Council announcement it would help fund the much-missed fireworks display on Bristol Downs, it looks like the famous display is not returning this year. However, all is not lost as there are plenty of other options for November 5, which falls on a Saturday this year...
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Downend Fireworks Display claims to be the best display in Bristol. Taking place at 7.30pm on November 4, at King George V playing fields, it comprises a massive bonfire and fireworks display - which has been going for the past 40 years. This special anniversary display will once more be raising money for various charities, including The Great Western Air Ambulance. Entry is £3.50 in advance. It's just a couple of miles from Redland so is a pretty good bet for local families. For more information click here.
Bristol Zoo Gardens is back with its fourth annual offering of bangless bonfire night. Two events will take place on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November from 4pm – 5.30pm. The evenings are an enchanting display of low-noise fireworks that will light up the night sky. All the while the animals remain unaffected by it. Adult tickets cost £5 in advance, children £4adv and family £15adv. Once again, it's just a stone's throw from Redland, over the other side of Whiteladies Road, so a good option for local families. For more information click here.
For those people south of the river, the Victoria Park Action Group has organised the family-friendly fireworks display on bonfire night, which includes a competition for the best Guy Fawkes. The organisers say that the size of the bonfire depends on who much wood people bring, so if you can spare a sack or two then all the better. Entry is free with celebrations starting at 6pm and finishing at 9pm. For more information click here.
The closest display to the city centre takes place at the Trinity Centre near Old Market on Sunday November 6. Starting at 7pm and finishing around 10.30pm, the event at the community centre/music venue includes fireworks and live performances from a range of artists including the Bristol Reggae Orchestra. Entry is free and the bar will be open as usual with drinks offers. For more information click here.
Gloucestershire Cricket Club
Also on Sunday November 6 is the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club's annual fireworks display at the Ashley Down ground. It drew a great crowd last year and looks set to attract even more people this year. There will be two displays on the night, one for children (though adults can obviously watch it too) at 6.45pm and another at 7.15pm. Gates open at 5pm. Entry is £5 for adults and £3 for children. Car parking is free. There will also be fairground rides and refreshments available. For more information click here.
Bradley Stoke Town Council has organised a display at the Jubilee Centre for Sunday November 6. Run by Kimbolton Fireworks, money raised through voluntary donations on the gate will go towards the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group and the Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group. Gates open 4.30pm, display starts at 6pm. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available. For more information click here.
The firework display at Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club is back on Saturday November 5. Gates open at 6pm, the bonfire is lit at 7pm and the fireworks start at 7.45pm. The entrance is via the main club entrance and Engine Lane. Hot and cold beverages and food will be on sale throughout the evening, which is the main fundraiser for the club. The organisers are warning those aged under 21 to not attempt to bring alcohol into the event. A family ticket costs £12, adults £5 and u16s £3. For more information click here.
Just north of Bristol you have the acclaimed Thornbury fireworks display. Organised by the Round Table, the event takes place on the spacious Mundy playing fields on November 5. Gates open 5.30pm, Children's display 6.30pm, Bonfire lighting 7pm, Main display at about 7.30pm. Entertainment comes from local radio station Jack FM and there will be refreshments and stalls. All profits go to charity. Tickets £4 in advance (£2 for children) from Thornbury Town Hall or £1 on top of these prices on the gate.
Just east of Bristol, on the way to Bath, there's the Keynsham RFC fireworks display in Crown Field, Bristol Road on November 5. The locals' favourite includes plenty of colourful fireworks to create a spectacular display. Gates opening time tbc. Entry is £6 for adults and £3. Family tickets are available for £15 and cover two adults and two children. Pay on the gate, no advance tickets available.
Head south towards Weston-super-Mare and you will find the wonderful Puxton Park fireworks display on November 5. the event is much more than some fireworks. The indoor playbarn will be open for children and there will also be a magician, inflatable helter skelter and carnival-style games and stalls. Refreshments will be available along with a fully licensed bar. Doors open at 6pm, bonfire lit at 7pm and fireworks start at 8pm. Entry is £5, under threes go free. For more information click here.