The best Bonfire Night Fireworks in Coventry and Warwickshire 2019
Grab your gloves, hats and sparklers. Get ready for some dazzling displays in our neck of the woods.
Words: Rhiannon Pursall
Sadly, quite a few local bonfire nights have been cancelled due to poor ground conditions and water-logging following our recent deluge; but there are still some sizzling spectaculars to be seen. Wrap up warm and see Guy Fawkes night in style across the region with our guide to the top family-friendly firework and bonfire events.
Fri 1 Nov
For an intimate evening before the big local spectaculars, Tachbrook Parish Bonfire Night is hosted by Bishops Tachbrook Village Events Group on the Meadow. The fun fires up at 7pm on Fri 1 Nov and it’s free to enter.
Alcester Rugby Club throw their annual Fireworks Spectacular on Fri, complete with BBQ, bar and other stalls. Gates open at 6.30pm, the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm and the fireworks start at 8pm. Adults £6; under-16s £4.
The Weston Lawns Events & Conference Centre Firework Display, held in an equestrian centre in Bulkington, lays on a full-on Friday night out, including a fun fair, DJ, restaurant, choice of indoor or outdoor viewing and a licensed bar until 1am. Gates open at 5pm and the fireworks are at 7.30pm. Advance tickets are £5 per adult and £2.50 per child; or on the gate it’s £5.50 for adults and £3 for children.
Rugby Lions family-friendly fireworks display at the Rugby Football Club in Webb Ellis Road has two fully licensed bars, food vendors, live music from The 80’s Theory and fireworks to music taking place from 6pm. Fireworks will start between 7 and 7.30pm.
Further afield is the Lasers, Lights and firework display at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxon with fairground rides, fire sculptures, fireworks set to music from Star Wars and a brand new laser and light show with the stunning backdrop of the Palace’s Great Courtyard. Star Wars dress up is optional. The lasers kick off at 6pm and the fireworks are lit at 7.15pm. Adult tickets £13.50, child tickets £8.75, discount for Annual Pass holders
Sat 2 Nov
It doesn’t get much more atmospheric than fireworks in the setting of a medieval castle, so head to Kenilworth Castle’s Bonfire Gala on Sat 2 Nov. The beautiful building remains are floodlit in a mass of colour for the evening and a range of food, warming drinks, entertainment and stalls are available. Gates open at 5.30pm, with last admission 6.45pm. Tickets are available online.
The hugely popular Warwick Town Bonfire lights up the skies above Warwick Racecourse on Sat 2 Nov. The melodrama dial is set to maximum with the fireworks set to the music of Star Wars. Food and drink stalls, a mini fairground and other entertainment is laid on. Book online. Gates open at 4.30pm and there’s a small firework display at 6pm, followed by the main show at 6.40pm.
The Rugby Round Table Fireworks are hosted on Sat 2 Nov at Whinfield Park, complete with entertainment, food and drink. Gates open at 4.30pm, live music begins at 5pm and the firework finale is around 6.15pm. Tickets are £6.50 in advance (online or from various outlets) or £8 on the gate. Under-3s go free.
If you like the sound of a cosy pub to duck into in between fireworks, head to The Bulls Head, Brinklow on Sat for their bonfire night celebrations. The fun begins at 6pm and it’s free to enter. Also just outside Rugby canalside pub The Admiral Nelson on the Warks/Northants border in Braunston is hosting its Bonfire Party with fireworks, live music, Halloween fancy dress, street food vendors, hog roast, mulled wine and toffee apples. The Four Alls in Welford-on-Avon near Stratford-upon-Avon has a Bonfire and Fireworks night with free kids activities from 3pm including face painting and Guy Fawkes puppet-making (need to book in advance for this). Live music, outdoor food and drink, including mulled wine and burgers starts at 5pm.
Sun 3 Nov
Stratford-Upon-Avon Rugby Club throw the biggest bonfire party in the area, with fairground rides and a BBQ to boot. Gates open 5pm, bonfire lit at 6pm and fireworks kick off at 7pm. Adults £5, under-15s £3, under-3s free.
Coventry Rugby Club’s Fireworks Night at Butts Park Arena is a big, busy event with food, bars and entertainment from 3pm-6.30pm. Tickets can be purchased online – adults are £4 in advance and under-16s are £2 in advance; or a family of 2 adults and 2 under-16s is £10
Further afield is Chatsworth’s bonfire and fireworks in Bakewell, Derbyshire, if you’re fancying more of a day out with the lighting of the bonfire at 6.30pm, a children’s firework display at 7.30pm and a Grand finale firework display at 8.15pm. There’s also family fun, hog roasts, jacket potatoes and churros, plus a glass of mulled wine or cider to warm up.
Tue 5 Nov
Leamington Rugby Club stick to tradition and hold their fireworks on Bonfire Night itself. Complete with a huge bonfire, children’s rides and a good choice of food and drink. £10 per car with up to 2 people; £15 per car with more than 3 people; £5 per person on foot. Gates open 6pm, bonfire lit at 7pm and fireworks at 7.30pm.
Rugby’s Old Laurentian RFC’s annual Fireworks at Fenley Field is another great traditional family-friendly event with hot potato stall, burger van, kids bar, donuts and adults bar. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm with fireworks at 7.30pm. Families of 4: £10, under 16s £2 and adults £5.