Bonfire Night is upon us once again and there are firework displays all over Leeds this November – it’s time to pick the perfect one for you.
From the huge events in Roundhay Park and Woodhouse Moor to smaller affairs at Stockeld Park and Thorner, Leeds is getting fireworks fever as Bonfire Night 2018 creeps ever closer. The 5th November falls on a Monday this year, and that’s when the bigger park celebrations will take place, but there are a few more on the weekends either side. You have plenty to choose from, you could even head to more than one if you want – just remember to wrap up warm.
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th November 2018
If you can’t go to the big events on Monday night or just want to get your fireworks in on a different day, you can catch some fantastic displays on the weekends either side of Bonfire Night
Garforth and District Lions Club do great work in the local community and one of their biggest nights of the year is Fireworks Night. This year, they’re taking over Glebelands to host their annual Community Bonfire. You can get there from 6pm, and the bonfire will be lit half an hour later. The main event gets going just after 7pm, with an impressive fireworks display. There will be kids entertainment, as well as food and drink stalls open throughout the evening.
The Community Bonfire takes place at Glebelands, Garforth from 6pm on Friday 2nd November 2018. Free entry, but donations welcome.
The Myrtle Tavern
Bonfire Night in Leeds is going to be magical at The Myrtle Tavern, because it’s got a Disney theme. Look out for all your favourite characters as they kick things off with a low level display for youngsters, followed by a huge show for adults later on. That’s not all – you can make use of the outdoor bars, food stalls and live entertainment, as well as a few surprises they’re saving for the day.
Bonfire Night takes place at The Myrtle Tavern from 5pm on Friday 2nd November 2018. Tickets are £2 each or £6 for a family of 4.
Fulneck Golf Club
Fulneck Golf Club is bringing back its fireworks display for the fifth year on the trot. They’re offering up pie and peas, burgers and toffee apples too – and you can get the perfect spot in Leeds to watch the fireworks unfold on their terrace and patio. Enjoy a drink at the bar or nip across to the nearby Bankhouse Inn or The Fleece for a drink after the show. If you have any spare wood that can go on their bonfire, you can drop it off before the night to lend them a hand.
Fireworks and Bonfire at Fulneck Golf Club at 5pm on Saturday 3rd November 2018. Free entry, although donations can be made to local charities on the night.
The Hunslet Club
The Hunslet Club, who work to help and serve the young people of Hunslet and the surrounding area, always put on one of the best firework displays in Leeds. This year it takes place from around 7.30pm on Saturday 3rd November 2018, and lasts around half an hour with plenty of stunning fireworks to gawp at, but they have a bar if you fancy getting a pint in beforehand. Afterwards, why not take the short walk over to The Garden Gate for a pint?
Fireworks at The Hunslet Club at 7.30pm on Saturday 3rd November 2018. Free entry.
Thorner Victory Hall Fireworks Festival
Thorner is home to one of the best fireworks displays in Leeds – so much so that they call it a Fireworks Festival. They kick things off by lighting the bonfire at 6.30pm and it’s done by a VIP special guest, who is soon to be announced. That’s followed by a children’s fireworks display at 7pm, before the main fireworks are set off at 8pm. You’ll be able to buy sparklers on the night, which you can use in a special supervised area, and they’ve also got loads of food and drink in store for you too.
The Fireworks Festival and Bonfire takes place at Thorner Victory Hall from 6.30pm on Saturday 3rd November 2018. Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children if bought in advance from Thorner Post Box Deli.
Wetherby Community Bonfire
The Wetherby Community Bonfire is one of the most popular fireworks displays in the market town. It takes place at Wetherby Sports Association from 5.30pm with face painting, fairground rides and more to enjoy before the bonfire is lit at 7pm. They also have a slew of street food stalls serving up everything from burgers to hot dogs, wood-fired pizza and churros. The fireworks are set off at 7.30pm and sparklers are allowed in a specially designated area.
Wetherby Community Bonfire is at Wetherby Sports Association at 5.30pm on Saturday 3rd November 2018. Tickets are £5 and that admits one adult and two under 16s. All under 16s have to be accompanied by adults.
The Miners Arms
Looking for a fireworks display in Morley? Local pub The Miners Arms has got it covered. They’re opening up their beer garden for a fun-filled evening that kicks off at around 7pm, when they’ll get the bonfire lit. The fireworks start about an hour later, but that’s not all the fun – they also have DJs and karaoke throughout the night.
Bonfire Night takes place at The Miners Arms from 7pm on Saturday 3rd November 2018. Free entry.
High Trees Garden Centre
One of the best fireworks displays in Leeds takes place at the High Trees Garden Centre and this year will be no different. Doors open at 6pm with the bonfire to follow half an hour later. The fireworks are lit from 7pm, but the fun doesn’t stop there – they have loads of food, drink and entertainment to see you through. Fancy a pint after? Head to The Fox & Hounds in Bramhope or The Old Ball back in Horsforth.
Bonfire Night takes place at High Trees Garden Centre from 6pm on Saturday 3rd November 2018. Tickets are £5 for adults, £2.50 for under 14s, free for under 3s and £12.50 for families of 4.
If you went last year, you’ll know how great the Fireworks Spectacular at Stockeld Park is – and they’ve got the same team to do it again this year. You can go in from 10am to look around their incredible adventure park, but if you’re just there for the show, you’ll want to get in by 5pm. The fireworks will shoot into the sky at 5.30pm prompt, and they’ll be set off to an incredible soundtrack. Look out for the Guy Fawkes impersonator and fire breathers walking around too.
Fireworks Spectacular takes place at Stockeld Park from 5pm on Sunday 4th November 2018. Tickets are £7 or £25 for a family of four.
The big Bonfire Night event in the Leeds suburb of Sherburn-in-Elmet is at Squires Cafe. Get down there from 6pm, when they’ll have a kids entertainer on, as well as fairground attractions. They’ve got loads of food stalls lined up, so you can get your fill of burgers, parkin and pie & peas. They don’t have a bonfire, so it’s straight into a massive fireworks display at 7.15pm.
Bonfire Night at Squires Cafe, Sherburn-in-Elmet from 5.30pm on Sunday 4th November 2018. Free entry.
Alwoodley Community Association Social Club
The Bonfire Night fireworks at Alwoodley Community Association Social Club are the biggest in this part of North Leeds. It starts from 3.30pm when you can take advantage of the fully licensed bar and menu of hot food. Make sure you’re at the venue by 5pm to get your spot for when the fireworks start at 5.30pm. Once it’s over, head to The Lord Darcy or PennyFun for a pint.
The Firework Display takes place at Alwoodley Community Association Social Club from 3.30pm on Sunday 4th November 2018. Free entry, but donations to the ACA are appreciated.
Monday 5th November 2018
Most of the big firework night displays are taking place on Monday 5th November 2018 this year, so you’ll need to head out straight from work – scroll down the page for events on the weekends before and after.
It’s not Bonfire Night if Roundhay Park isn’t lit up by a spectacular firework display. Around 70,000 people turn up each year to see the bonfire lit at 7.30pm, with fireworks following at 8pm. They’ve also got a small children’s funfair and a load of food and drink vendors. Once that’s all done, you’ll be glad to know that there are some cracking pubs just a short distance away. There’s the Roundhay Fox to the east, The White House to the south and the likes of North Bar’s Preston and The Stew and Oyster in Oakwood – it’d be rude not to, right?
Fireworks and Bonfire at Roundhay Park from 7.30pm on Monday 5th November 2018. Free entry.
East End Park
Those looking for fireworks displays in East Leeds will be more than happy to hear that East End Park will be celebrating Bonfire Night once again in 2018. The bonfire will be burning from 7pm, and there’ll be a slew of stunning fireworks half an hour later. If you’re looking for a drink or two after, why not take the 20-minute walk into town for a nightcap at The Palace or The Duck and Drake?
Fireworks and Bonfire at East End Park from 7pm on Monday 5th November 2018. Free entry.
As always, Bramley Park will be putting on one of Leeds’ favourite firework displays. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm, before the fireworks are set off at 7.30pm, so grab your scarf, put on your gloves and get ready to stand out in the chilly November cold as the sky’s lit up overhead. Afterwards, treat yourself to a quick drink or some hearty food at The Barley Mow on Lower Town Street or The Beacon and The Halfway House by Broad Lane.
Fireworks and Bonfire at Bramley Park from 7pm on Monday 5th November 2018. Free entry.
South Leeds’ biggest fireworks display takes over Middleton Park – and you can expect the usual spectacular show, as the sky lights up with brightly coloured explosions. They run a poster-designing competition for kids in the lead-up to the event to promote fire safety and the winner gets the chance to light the bonfire at 7pm before the fireworks start at 7.30pm. If you need something to drink before or after, the Tommy Wass on Dewsbury Road is within walking distance.
Fireworks and Bonfire at Middleton Park from 7pm on Monday 5th November 2018. Free entry.
Springhead Park, in the Leeds suburb of Rothwell, will once again get in on the fireworks fun with a bonfire kicking off at 7pm, before the main sparks fly 30 minutes later. They’re recommending you indulge in the traditional Yorkshire bonfire treats with a slice of parkin, but if you’re after a tasty alternative, there are a number of spots around the park for you to get scrummy food and drink. You can make Bonfire Night one to remember with a pint and a bite afterwards, whether it’s The Black Bull or The Hare and Hounds to the west or The Three Horseshoes and The New Masons Arms to the east.
Fireworks and Bonfire at Springhead Park from 7pm on Monday 5th November 2018. Free entry.
Only a short walk or bus ride from Leeds city centre, the fireworks at Woodhouse Moor are always packed to the rafters. The show starts at around 7pm with a bonfire, and since you’re advised to get there early, why not take advantage of the local drinking spots before the show? There’s the Hyde Park, Hyde Park Book Club, LS6 Cafe, The Library, The Packhorse and The Eldon, all with decent grub and drinks, in spitting distance of Woodhouse Moor, which you may also know as Hyde Park.
Fireworks and Bonfire at Woodhouse Moor from 7pm on Monday 5th November 2018. Free entry.
The Mustard Pot
It’s no surprise to see The Mustard Pot enticing people in for their bonfire night fun, as well as quality food and drink – this year, however, there are no big fireworks, just Chapel Allerton’s biggest bonfire and a few small garden fireworks. Kicking off at 4.30pm, they’re serving up pie and peas, Yorkshire Parkin, mulled wine and winter Pimm’s, the latter of which is available from the special outdoor bar.
The Bonfire at The Mustard Pot is at 4.30pm on Monday 5th November 2018. Free Entry.
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th November 2018
If you still want fireworks once Bonfire Night has long gone, you’re in luck – there are some massive events across the city.
Leeds District Association’s Bonfire and Fireworks Extravaganza takes over Wetherby Racecourse for three consecutive nights of displays, celebrations and Guy Fawkes competitions. Open exclusively to Camping and Caravanning Club members with space to camp, it promises three distinctly different experiences. They’ll have a supper and entertainment on Saturday night, a social running every night in the Bramham Suite and a free Macmillan coffee morning to finish the weekend on Sunday.
The Bonfire and Fireworks Extravaganza takes place at Wetherby Racecourse from Thursday 8th and Sunday 11th November 2018. No booking required, but entry costs £8 on Thursday and Friday and £12 on Saturday.