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The Best Free Fireworks in London 2018

24 October 2018 Billie Manning

As Brits, we all enjoy our odd traditions, like commemorating the night Guy Fawkes attempted to take down the government with a few barrels of explosives by burning his effigy and letting off fireworks, but it seems to be getting pricier and pricier to do so every year. So, we at London Calling have found the Bonfire Night celebrations with the biggest and best bangers, which also won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Wembley Park’s Light Up the Night
Brent’s Light Up the Night is a big, glittering celebration of the borough’s cultural diversity, combining the best of two festivals centred on fire and light, Bonfire Night and Diwali. The annual event is a real  features three stages of live performances, nine (nine!) fire installations and a fire and light parade as well as the firework display towards the end of the evening, so you get a lot of bang for zero bucks!


 
Light Up The Night, Wembley Park, Wembley, HA9 0EG
Sunday 4 November, 4pm - 8pm, firework display at 7pm


Waltham Forest
Waltham Forest is the London Borough of Culture 2019, so it’s no surprise that they have big plans for this year’s Bonfire Night celebrations. You can warm your cockles with mulled wine and cider and have a nibble of some delicious street food on Guy Fawkes Night itself, before enjoying the firework extravaganza. Conveniently located just at the end of the Victoria line, you can feel the country experience while also being able to zip back to Brixton in half an hour.
 


Waltham Forest Fireworks, Chestnuts Field, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Rd, London E17 4JF
Monday 5 November, 6.30pm - 9pm, firework display at 8pm

 
Coram’s Fields
Coram’s firework display is very family friendly, starting nice and early at 5:15 (get there by 5 latest to ensure you catch them) and always has lots of kids in attendance - hiding in the playground's building is a possibility if the bangs get too loud. The event is free, but there’s also the opportunity to buy premium viewing zone tickets, with the proceeds going directly back into Coram’s work with children and young people. Otherwise, just turn up with a smile and have a good time! The fireworks operator is the same as the one from the 2012 Olympics, so the display is bound to be impressive.
 

 
Coram's Fields Fireworks, 93 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1DN
Friday 2 November, 3.30pm - 6pm, firework display at 5.15pm


Royal Docks Newham
Now onto the only rooftop firework event in town. Newham will be marking Guy Fawkes Night by setting off a scintillating series of fireworks from the top of the post-industrial Millennium Mills. The display is a free event organised by Newham Council in partnership with the Royal Docks Team, which was established by the Mayor of London and Mayor of Newham to redevelop the Royal Docks. A dramatic soundtrack will accompany the dazzling displays, opening up with “As One” by pioneering electronic musician and composer Jean Michel Jarre, featuring samples from "Come Together" by Primal Scream.

Newham Fireworks, Silvertown Quays in the Royal Docks, E16 2BU
Saturday 3 November, 6pm onwards, firework display at 7.30pm

Victoria Park
Victoria Park’s fireworks are always a popular choice for East London residents, and this year’s display doesn’t just stand out from the throng for its kindness to your wallet, but also for its theme, which is inspired by the first science-fiction novel, Frankenstein. The monstrous display will be accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack, as well as strobe and flashing lights, so you’re sure to feel the spirit of Mary Shelley on the night.


 
Tower Hamlets Fireworks, Victoria Park, Grove Road, E3
Sunday 4 November, 5.30pm - 9pm, firework display at 7pm

Blackheath
Lewisham council has a full day of free-entry fun planned for everyone to enjoy. Get some thrills and spills with the little ones at the funfair, open from midday, and then sate any rumbling tummies and thirsty mouths with food stalls and pop-up bars from 5. The full display will be on later at 8, which means you can get a whole evening of fun in with any little ones who aren’t so keen on the noisy part of the night before it begins.



Lewisham Fireworks, Blackheath, SE3 0TY
Saturday 3 November, midday - 9pm, firework display at 8pm

 
Southwark
Southwark's bonanza is one of the few firework displays in the capital to fall on the very night Guy Fawkes was discovered with explosives beneath parliament. Southwark’s fireworks display has been named as one of the best in the capital, and this year’s promises another superlative show, uniquely synchronised to music. Though Southwark’s display is free to residents of the borough, if you live outside of Southwark’s postcode area you will have to fork out a bit of cash for this one.
 


Southwark Fireworks, Southwark Park, SE16 2UA
Monday 5 November, 5pm - 8.30pm, firework display at 7pm

 And if you have little ones who can't tolerate the rockets, or you just want to try something a bit different, why not check out the East Village's Theatre of Light show in Victory Park? Join a parade through East Village (don't forget to get your face painted first) led by international street-theatre group Spark!. As the parade makes its way to the main event area, visitors will be accompanied by an array of LED winged ballerinas, hula-hoopers, jugglers and stilt walkers. Upon reaching Victory Park visitors will be able to enjoy a magical light show and DJ set!
 
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