Remember, remember, the 5th of November. Bonfire night is nearly here, meaning winter has well and truly begun. And nothing says winter quite like your warmest woollies, Catherine wheels, toasted marshmallows, hot chocolate, sparklers, chestnuts roasting on an open fire… (maybe that last one’s a little too Christmassy, but it’s not far off now! Watch this space for our Christmas blog, coming next month).
To help you plan your bonfire night activities, we have compiled a list of fireworks displays happening in and around Bromley. We’ve chosen the best events from across the borough – the ones that promise to sparkle and give you more bang for your buck. Displays are ordered by their location, so we’re sure you’ll find something close to you.
BR1 fireworks displays
A popular annual fireworks celebration hosted by the Bromley High School. They are currently looking for volunteer marshals and people to help clear up, if you fancy it!
Address: Bromley High School, Blackbrook Lane, Bromley BR1 2TW
BR2 fireworks displays
Norman Park fireworks display – Friday 2nd November
One of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the area, complete with a funfair to keep the kids entertained.
Address: Norman Park, BR2 9EF
BR3 fireworks displays
The annual Beckenham fireworks display, presented by the 5th Beckenham South Scouts Group.
Time: gates open at 5pm. There is a small display at 6pm for younger children – there are none of the loud bangs you’ll hear later on. The main display is at 7.45pm.
Children under 11 – free (must be accompanied by an adult)
Children 11+ – £5
Adults 18+ – £10
Families (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children) – £20
Address: 319 Croydon Rd, Beckenham BR3 3PR
Fireworks and music spectacular, West Wickham – Saturday 3rd November
There is plenty to do at this event – come along early to enjoy hot food, snacks, mulled wine and hot drinks. There is also a fully licensed bar. All proceeds from the display are donated to charity.
Time 5.30pm-9pm, with the display starting at 6.30pm
Address: Club Langley, 2 Hawksbrook Lane, West Wickham, Kent BR3 3SR
BR5 fireworks displays
Crofton School fireworks night – Thursday 1st November
With a fairground and food before the big show, you will have lots to explore at the Crofton School display – just make sure you don’t eat too much candyfloss before going on the rides…
Time: 6pm-8.30pm, with the display starting at 7.30pm.
Tel: 01689 821716
Address: Crofton Infant School, Towncourt Lane, Orpington BR5 1EL
BR6 fireworks displays
High Elms Golf Course firework display – Sunday 4th November
A lively fireworks display with food and beverages available. Please do book in advance – this event is tickets only due to previous high demand.
Family of 4: £20
Address: High Elms Road, Downe BR6 7JL
The annual fireworks extravaganza, complete with food and drink on the night. Tickets are only available in advance from section leaders.
Address: The Highway School, Orpington BR6 9DJ
Tubbenden Friends fireworks display – Saturday 2nd November
Enjoy fireworks, food and a licensed bar at Tubbenden Primary School.
Time: 5.30pm-7pm, with fireworks at 6.45pm
Address: Tubbenden Primary School, Sandy Bury, Orpington BR6 9SD
BR7 fireworks displays
Celebrate bonfire night with Chislehurst Rotary Club, another popular annual event for the whole family.
Family with three children: £20
At the gate:
Family with three children: £25
Farringtons firework display – Friday 9th November
This annual bonfire event features a fairground, BBQ, popcorn, glow stick stall, candyfloss and more.
Time: gates open at 6.15pm, with fireworks at 6.30pm
Address: Farrington School, Perry Street, Chislehurst BR7 6LR
BR8 fireworks displays
Enjoy children’s activities, a Guy Fawkes competition, bonfire, live music and a BBQ.
Time: 5pm-9pm, with fireworks at 7.30pm
Booking: call 01322 665855 for more information
Address: Swanley Recreation Ground, Swanley BR8 7BU
The best of the rest
There are some great fireworks displays going on around the edges of Bromley too. Here are some of our favourites.
Crystal Palace fireworks – Monday 5th November
There is a children’s display, a light show, then the main event with choreographed lighting. Food and drink is available to buy on site.
Gates open: 6pm
Children’s show: 7pm
Gate close: 8.15pm
Main family show: 8.30pm
Tickets: £4.50-£9.50. This event was pre-booking only.
Blackheath fireworks – Saturday 3rd November
An afternoon funfair, food stalls and a bar – the perfect combination for a brilliant bonfire night.
Time: 12pm for the funfair. Food stalls and the bar open at 5pm. The display starts at 8pm.
You don’t need a ticket for this event.
A whole weekend of family fun is in store at the British truck racing championships, ending with a firework display on Sunday evening.
Book tickets in advance on the website.
And if fireworks aren’t for you…
Fireworks aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so we’ve found a couple of fun alternatives if you prefer.
Charity firewalk and Lego walk
Do something great for charity this November, and take part in the St Christopher’s Hospice firewalk, with a Lego walk alternative for children. You will be coached by a Guinness World Record firewalker, who will help you learn to walk across 14 feet of hot coals (without any pain!) It promises to be a fun event for everyone to get involved with – bring the whole family along for a BBQ and refreshments.
Time: participants arrive at 11am. The event itself takes place from 7pm-9.30pm.
Registration fee: £25
Sponsorship: you are asked to raise a minimum of £100
Registration fee: £10
Sponsorship: you are asked to raise a minimum of £25
Walkers must be 6 or over to participate and accompanied by a parent or guardian at the event.
To sign up, please call 020 8768 4575
This is a regular monthly event, featuring one of the best 16-piece big bands in London playing British and American jazz, from the 1950s ‘til now.
£6 admission for non-members
Address: Sundridge Park Working Men’s Club, 134 Burnt Ash Lane BR1 5AF
Safety first on bonfire night
It’s important to stay safe on bonfire night. This is what Bromley.gov have to say about safety for you and your family.