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 2019 creeps ever closer. The 5th November falls on a Tuesday 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.
Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th November 2019
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 Meet 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 £1 bar, 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 7th and Sunday 10th November 2019. No booking required, but entry costs £10 on Thursday and Friday and £12 on Saturday.
Looking for a fireworks display in Harewood? Get down to Gateways School on Bonfire Night for their annual fireworks spectacular. They book Ignite Pyrotechnics, one of the best in the business, to light up the night sky with a dramatic soundtrack in their natural amphitheatre setting. You can get hot food, alcohol and soft drinks before it starts around 7pm.
Bonfire Night takes over Gateways School, Harewood from 6pm on Tuesday 5th November 2019. Tickets are £8 for adults, £4 for children and £25 for a family of four.
The Chemic Tavern
Woodhouse pub The Chemic Tavern is going all out for fireworks night in Leeds. It kicks off from 7pm when they start serving hot dogs, rum, brandy, hot chocolate and toffee apples. Alas, they don’t have any veggie or vegan options, but you’re welcome to bring your own. The main event is the fireworks display, which starts from 9.30pm and lasts around 15 minutes. You won’t struggle to get a drink either – they’ll have an outdoor bottle bar, a back room craft beer bar and the normal bar in the main room where you can get their themed shots.
Fireworks Night takes place at The Chemic Tavern from 7pm on Friday 8th November 2019. Free entry.
Boston Spa Community Bonfire
The Boston Spa Community Bonfire is back for 2019 so head over to Primrose Lane Primary School from 5.30pm to get a bite to eat – they’ve got burgers, hot dogs, pies and jacket potatoes to wash down with mulled wine. You can have a go at splat a rat, try your luck on the tombola and get on the fairground rides before the bonfire is lit at 6.30pm and the fireworks are set off at 7pm.
Boston Spa Community Bonfire and Fireworks Extravaganza takes over Primrose Lane Primary School from 5.30pm on Saturday 9th November 2019. Tickets are £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children in advance or £5 and £3.50 if bought 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 9th November 2019, 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 and doors open at 6pm. 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 9th November 2019. Free entry.