Remember, remember the 5th of November as Bonfire Night lights up Leeds.
On the 5th of November 1605, Guy Fawkes’ plan to blow up the House of Lords was foiled, and every year, we celebrate by setting off our own, stunning explosions on Bonfire Night in Leeds. This year, the city has a number of fireworks displays for you to choose from, and we’ve rounded them up to make choosing one easier.
Roundhay Park can proudly call itself the biggest Bonfire Night in Leeds, attracting over 70,000 people every year, and this year should be no different. It’s a free event, which obviously brings in the numbers, and you’ll have a choice of food to keep you fed, with everything from toffee apples and candy floss to burgers and hot dogs.
This year’s event is once again sponsored by Capital FM,with Capital Breakfast DJ Jojo compering an evening of music and performances
With it being so popular, parking can be a nightmare, so we’d suggest getting a taxi or one of the many buses from Leeds city centre. If you’re off work, head out there early, with buses running every ten minutes from New Market Street and New Briggate. In the evening, they’re every half hour.
If you’ve got time before or after the display, head to The Roundhay Fox for some rural charm, alongside a pint of Black Sheep or Timothy Taylor, as well as a hearty meal, to warm yourself up by the biggest fireworks display in Leeds. Just don’t get too carried away and miss the fireworks… or wake up not remembering them.
Tuesday 5th November 2013. Starts at 7:30pm, Free Entry.
Sponsored by the White Rose Shopping Centre, children from 32 different primary schools in Leeds have been chosen to create posters to promote Middleton Park Bonfire & Fireworks night, extolling the importance of safety on Bonfire Night. First prize is the chance to set the first sparks of the Middleton bonfire and fireworks – and the winning pupil’s school will be awarded £100 worth of gardening vouchers.
Buses leave every ten to thirty minutes from Leeds City Centre, stopping five minutes from the park, or there’s a free car park just down the road, which is great if you want to take the car this Bonfire Night in Leeds.
There are a few places to enjoy a drink or a meal before heading out to the park itself, but they are few and far between, we’d recommend getting a drink in Leeds first and then heading out – avoiding the nightmare of parking and allowing you to enjoy a beer on Bonfire Night in the cosy surroundings of The Adelphi or North Bar, which are literally opposite the bus stops that will take you straight to Middleton Park.
Tuesday 5th November 2013. Starts at 7:00pm, Free entry.
The best Bonfire Night in Leeds, especially if you’re a student, is Hyde Park. It’s popular throughout the year, but even more so when there’s a huge fire in the middle of it.
Buses, as always are regular from Leeds city centre, the number 56 stops just outside the Hyde Park Picture House, and then it’s literally a hop, skip and a jump to get to Woodhouse Moor. But, be warned, whilst it’s not necessarily a bad thing, if you’re after a quiet drink or place to eat before heading down to the park, this is student territory, and the pubs will be busy – even more so than usual with it being Bonfire Night.
But it does mean that there are plenty of places to get in a quick pint before admiring the fireworks in Leeds. There’s The Library, Hyde Park Pub, or Oranaise, if you’re after a quick bite to eat. They’re ideal stops on Bonfire Night in Leeds.
Tuesday 5th November, 2013. Starts at 7:00pm, Free Entry.
Bramley Park is a great little suburb, situated between Kirkstall, Armley and Pudsey. It may not be one of the biggest fireworks displays in Leeds but it’s a great choice if you live locally and want to see the sky lit up on Bonfire Night.
Transport to Bramley Park might be an issue if you’re not driving, but there are regular train links to Leeds City Centre from Bramley Station, which drops you about a mile away from the park itself.
If you are catching the train, why not make a night of it and get dinner in the city? We’d recommend Chaophraya, it’s literally around the corner from the train station and serves some of the best Thai food in Leeds.
Tuesday 5th November 2013. Starts at 7:00pm, Free entry.
Before it was Inkwell Arts, it was The Old Shoulder of Mutton pub, a pillar of the community, famed for their memorable Bonfire Night. Inkwell Arts didn’t want to lose the sense of community in the area when they bought out the pub in 2010, and so have kept up the tradition of one of the most popular Bonfire Night in Leeds, adding their own twist to proceedings. Previous years have seen the bonfire contain an elaborate structure, such as a 225ft wooden dragon and, last year, a wooden Viking ship was burned as part of a themed evening with live music, food and artwork around the gallery.
It’s always a popular event and this year should be no different, with this year’s theme of Icarus their most ambitious yet.
Public transport is in abundance if you’re headed down to Inkwell Arts. You can catch buses 2, 3 or 3A from outside Leeds Grand Theatre, which come approximately every ten minutes or so. Get the bus to Chapel Allerton Hospital and Inkwell Arts is on your left after a short walk.
There are actually a number of really good bars and restaurants located near Inkwell Arts, in case you fancy something a bit stronger than the tea and coffee on offer. Just down the road, there’s Seven, a stylish bar offering various cocktails and a menu that varies daily, or The Mustard Pot, one of the best traditional pubs in Leeds, serving a selection of guest ales every month, on top of a menu of traditional pub grub.
Saturday 2nd November 2013. Starts at 5:30pm, tickets from £5.
Taking place on Saturday 2nd November 2013, this is a special charity event being held at New Farnley Cricket Club in aid of the Sue Ryder charity. It’s unlike anything you’ll ever experience this Bonfire Night in Leeds.
It costs £20 to register for the firewalk – a small price to pay to tell your friends that you walked on fire?
Everyone who takes part will receive full training – and you’ll also get a free t shirt, which is a bonus. As well as that, there’s also a bonfire, fireworks, various food, drink and fairground stalls, making this particular Bonfire Night in Leeds one that’s especially family friendly.
Getting there is a little easier than you’d think. Bus route 255 takes you as far as Whitehall Road, which means you’ve got a five to ten minute walk up to New Farnley Cricket Club itself. Although this may be a little more difficult to accomplish if you’re going to be fire walking.
If you’re looking for a meal and a drink to ease yourself in, then five minutes away is the Corn Mill Lodge Hotel. The rustic surroundings allow you to relax with a menu of traditional food, and a variety of drinks on offer, even brandy or whisky to get your nerves up, ready for your Leeds Bonfire Night celebrations.
Saturday 2nd November 2013. Starts at 6:00pm, Free entry, £20 to firewalk.
The Mustard Pot
The Mustard Pot adds a little spice to Bonfire Night in Leeds this year.
The Mustard Pot are celebrating Guy Fawkes Night with a special menu of seasonal favourites, such as Yorkshire parkin, bonfire toffee and winter Pimms. As well as those treats, they also plan to make the biggest batch of chilli that you’ll ever see.
Getting there is as simple as taking the same bus you’d take to Inkwell Arts – numbers 2, 3 and 3A from outside Leeds Grand Theatre will take you there, and it’s literally a hop, skip and a jump to The Mustard Pot.
As well as those treats, there’s also the obligatory bonfire itself, sure to be an impressive spectacle this Guy Fawkes Night.
Go for the bonfire, stay for the chilli…
Tuesday 5th November 2013. Starts at 6pm, Free Entry.
Always a popular venue for a memorable Bonfire Night in Leeds, The Bankhouse Inn celebrates Bonfire Night with one of the biggest fireworks displays and bonfires in the area.
The Bankhouse Inn can be reached by getting the number 40 bus from outside Leeds Corn Exchange, and three stops into the journey, it’ll drop you right on Bankhouse Lane. And if you’ve made it that far, you’ll be in front of, if not close enough to Bankhouse Inn itself.
They’ll be serving food on the night, everything from hot dogs, burgers and even pie and peas, if the bonfire is struggling to keep you warm.
Tuesday 5th November 2013. Starts at 7:30pm, Free Entry.
Thorner Village Bonfire
Thorner Village always brings the community together when they celebrate Bonfire Night in Leeds – everyone chips in, from catering the events, to providing woodchips for the bonfire.
The bonfire itself is always a spectacle, recycling donated materials for the bonfire means that the fire itself always seems to be towering over the crowd.
It’s arguably one of the biggest bonfires in the Leeds area, and if you can find one taller, it’s certainly one of the most impressive.
Buses to Thorner leave every 30 minutes from Leeds Bus Station on the 770 bus that heads to Harrogate. Just a little heads up, however, the bus takes the long way round, so set off early if you want to catch the fireworks in time.
Saturday 2nd November 2013. Starts at 6:30pm, Free Entry.
South Milford Bonfire
Voted the best Bonfire Nights in the north of England for five years in a row, South Milford community bonfire is yet another Guy Fawkes night that goes above and beyond what you’d usually expect.
It’s one of the few Bonfire nights on this list that actually sells tickets. Its £6 a ticket, but the proceeds are for a good cause – going towards local charities and community activities.
Buses to South Milford are, however, few and far between and require a change at Cross Gates. A regular bus to Cross Gates from Leeds Bus Station is every 45 minutes but the connecting service may have you waiting a while.
If you can get a lift down, or have enough money to throw away on a taxi, then do it.
Saturday 2nd November 2013. Starts at 5:30pm, Tickets £6 advance, kids under 4 go free.
Garfoth Community Centre
Another community led Bonfire Night in Leeds; Garforth Lions’ bonfire brings in over 3,500 people every year to watch the spectacular fireworks.
Everyone in the community plays a part, with the local Scouts troop lending a hand to build the impressive bonfire, receiving support from Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Fire and Ambulance Service, marshalling a night of entertainment.
To get to Garforth, you’ll need to catch the 163, 166 or X60 buses from Leeds Bus Station. I’d recommend that you aim to catch the 166 bus, however, as the other two take up to 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the traffic.
And you know the traffic’s going to be bad on Bonfire Night in Leeds this year…
Saturday 2nd November 2013. Starts at 6pm, Free Entry.
Image of Woodhouse Moor copyright Chemical Engineer. Used under creative commons license.
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