Bonfire Night is a uniquely British custom that has been celebrated for hundreds of years. Each year, Brits up and down the country mark this significant day in our history by hosting or attending fireworks displays big and small, public and private.
Organised firework displays are much easier and typically more impressive than anything you can hold in your own garden and often include other entertainment such as music, food stalls, a public bonfire, and somewhere to keep dry if the weather turns.
If you do decide to have a garden display though, be safe. Only light one firework at a time, using an appropriate lighter, well away from spectators, and never return to a lit firework. Duds and spent fireworks should never ever be thrown on the bonfire. Make sure you’re prepared: read the full Firework Code here.
There are lots of public North Wales fireworks displays going on over the next couple of weeks, here’s our pick of the best.
North Wales Fireworks: Friday 4 November
Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay is hosting its dazzling annual display on 4 November from 7pm. This is one of the biggest displays in Conwy County. We advise you to plan your journey in advance as there are a number of roadworks surrounding the venue that could potentially cause congestion on the night. Admission is free but donations are welcome, with half the proceeds going towards the Firefighters’ Charity.
Criccieth’s bonfire and fireworks takes place near Dylan’s Restaurant at the end of the town beach. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm with fireworks at 8pm. Hot street food is available along with live music and children’s entertainment. Entry is free but donations are encouraged to pay for the fireworks.
North Wales Fireworks: Saturday 5 November
Bonfire Night itself is a Saturday this year, and there are plenty of celebrations due to take place on Guy Fawkes Day proper.
Caernarfon’s annual display takes place near the historic castle and starts from 7pm. The viewing area is the Slate Quay and Promenade.
There will be a family-friendly firework display and bonfire party at Bodafon Farm Park and, nearby, Penmaenmawr Sailing Club are hosting their annual display. The evening kicks off at 6pm with hot food and refreshments, with the bonfire lit at 6:30pm and the main event exploding into life at 7pm.
In Beaumaris there is a bonfire from 7pm and fireworks from 7:30pm, with live jazz music beforehand, continuing into the evening. There is a £5 charge for adult spectators, with under-12s admitted for free, but the funds raised are set aside to go towards paying for next year’s display – a great way to support this local community.
In Holyhead there’s a professional display on Penrhos Beach in association with Capital FM and priced at £3 for adults, with children again admitted for free and all proceeds going towards good causes in the area. This display starts a little earlier than the others – entry is from 5:45pm, the bonfire is lit at 6:15pm and the fireworks go up at 7pm, so don’t be late!
North Wales Fireworks: Saturday 12 November
It’s unusual to see firework displays scheduled other than on Bonfire Night (or the nearest weekend to it) but Llanrwst bucks that trend by holding holding the town’s annual Firework Spectacular a week later.
It’s free to watch from Glasdir Car Park, with the pyrotechnics being set off on the opposite river bank from 7pm, guaranteeing spectators are at a safe distance to take in the full spectacle overhead.
Hot drinks and food are available from 6pm and the main display itself is expected to last an impressive 20 minutes, making it well worth a visit if you’re in the area in mid-November.