Kaboom! 12 fab firework displays in Devon
Sparklers at the ready! See in bonfire night in style with our pick of the best family-friendly fireworks displays across the county.
If you’re avoiding a disappointing DIY effort this year with a lacklustre pack of pyrotechnics and a few measly sparklers, how about heading out to one of the local bonfire night extravaganzas across Devon? They’re bigger, better organised and there’s no chance of setting your house on fire or scaring the neighbourhood pets. Light ’em up, baby…
Spooks & Sparks, Ilfracombe Rugby Club, Fri 29 Oct
Can’t wait till the 5th November? Get your fireworks fix a week early in Ilfracombe at this joint celebration of Halloween and Bonfire Night with all the usual spooky suspects, including fireworks, a haunted house, fire performers, BBQ and vittles. Fancy dress welcome. Gates open 6.30pm. Adults £4, kids £3 and £12 for a family ticket.
Bridwell Community Bonfire Night Celebration, Bridwell Park, Uffculme, Thurs 4 Nov
A brand spanking new firework night at Lord Ivar’s aristocratic estate which Muddy is tres keen to try. Expect an upmarket offering, including musical fireworks from the excellent Sonic Fireworks, the Higher Beings stilt-walkers roaming around all lit up, waffle ice creams, glow in the dark goodies, along with mulled cider and yummy local food from the Bridwell popup in the Orangery. Gates open 6pm. Adults £7, children £3.
Exeter Roundtable’s 38th Annual Charity Firework Display, Westpoint, Exeter, Fri 5 Nov
This annual charity firework display lays claim to being the city’s largest pyro-musical charity display with fairground rides, a licensed bar and free parking. All money raised goes to Devon Air Ambulance and other local charities doing great work for the community. Gates open 5.30pm. £10 adults, Family £25, Child £5.
Firework Night at Exeter Golf & Country Club, Countess Wear, Exeter, Fri 5 Nov
Like to shimmy along to your fireworks? The Wear Park annual display returns with musical accompaniment, plus bars and barbecues. Family fun offers mini kids rides and a disco. Gates open 5.30-10pm. Book in advance for cheaper tickets – adults £7.50 advance/£10 on the gates, family £23/£28, children £5/£7.50.
Bonfire Night on the Hoe, Plymouth, Fri 5 Nov
If you like your bonfire to be BIG and FREE to boot, then head to the Hoe for lighting at 7.30pm, followed by rockets, fountains and firecrackers lighting up Plymouth Sound at 8pm. Plus, there are foodie stalls and fairground rides for the ankle-biters.
Bonfire & Fireworks Fiesta, The Big Sheep, Bideford, Fri 5 Nov
A good one for littlies, as all the pizzazz is done and dusted by 7.45pm, with a big bonfire, fireworks at 7pm, pizzas and the Big Sheep BBQ. Gates open 4.30pm. Bookings are in social spaces – 6 costs £60, 4 for £40 with the option on glow sticks, sparklers and ear defenders.
Flaming Tar Barrels, Ottery St Mary, Fri 5 Nov
Devon’s own fiery tradition which no-one quite knows from where it originates, only that it way pre-dates Guy Fawkes. Ottery’s Tar Barrels is a pretty crazy rites of passage activity which sees locals – young and old – carrying lit barrels of flaming tar down the town’s streets on their shoulders. The night kicks off with the youngsters at 4pm and continues through the night to the hardened battle-scarred oldies toting 200lb barrels. Quite a sight to behold.
Exmouth RNLI Fireworks Display, Exmouth Rugby Football Club, Imperial Rd, Fri 5 Nov
Watch the display while supporting the brilliant sailors’ charity in Exmouth. Expect traditional bonfire night fayre of burgers, chips and candy floss. Gates open 5.30pm, last entry 7.15pm. Display 7.30pm. Gate prices: £5.98, under five’s FREE.
Wheels on Fire, Sidbury Manor, Sidbury nr Sidmouth, Sat 6 Nov
Set in the grounds of a Grade II listed manor, Wheels on Fire has been deferred for three years but sounds well worth the wait. Quirky local character comes from a 16ft high motorbike-shaped bonfire and the Paranoid Chicken fire dancers. There’s also a live band, a hog roast and BBQ, plus mulled wine and local booze from Sandford Cider and Branscombe Brewery. No sparklers please (due to grazing livestock) but glow sticks allowed. Adults £8, under 14s £6, toddlers free. Gates open 5.30pm, bonfire from 6.30pm, fireworks at 7.15pm.
Bonfire Night at Whimple Cricket Club, Knowles Cross, Whimple, Sat 6 Nov
Prepare for gunpowder and treason and plot in the grounds of Whimple Cricket Club, where Uffculme’s Sonic Fireworks are doing the honours – always high impact. Gates open from 5.30, bonfire lit at 6.30. Gates will close at 7pm for fireworks to start at 7.30. £5 adults, £3 children or £15 family of 4.
Fireworks Night at Castle Inn, Lydford, Sat 6 Nov
Remember, remember the 6th of November at this lovely 16th century pub near Okehampton where, as they have rooms, you might fancy making a night of it. Gates open at 6pm, bonfire lighting at 6.30pm and fireworks blasting off at 7pm. Buy tickets on the gate – adults £3, £2 under 12’s, under 5’s free.
Barnstaple Round Table Fireworks, Rugby Club, Mill Rd, Barnstaple, Sun 7 Nov
Annually attracting over 3000 visitors, North Devon’s largest pyrotechnics are back with bang after a two-year absence, with street food stalls and live music from The Voice radio station. Donations go to local cancer charities, so all in very worthwhile cause too. Doors open 5.30pm.