That time of the year when you put on your gloves and warm scarf and get outside to witness the most spectacular firework displays is just around the corner. Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes Night) is celebrated all around the UK by lighting bonfires, setting off fireworks and by burning ‘Guys’.
Of course, there are people who prefer to put on their own light display with at-home fireworks, but these aren’t nearly as impressive as the ones offered by professionals, so we suggest going out to enjoy the Guy Fawkes Night on the 5th of November.
Everybody loves Bonfire Night, if not for the fireworks, at least for the delicious hot dogs, toffee apples and sparklers, so there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house. There will be festivities all around Britain, but those living in Wales will be able to read here a list of the best events to attend on Bonfire Night.
Pontypridd – Ponty Big Bang
The well-known Big Bang event will keep you entertained in Ynysangharad Park with fireworks, food stalls, fairground rides and all sorts of activities for all the family to enjoy.
The event, which has been going since the 1970s, will take place this year on November 4, between 5pm – 9pm, and advance tickets are £5.50 per person (14 or over), £3.50 per person (under 14s).
Cardiff – Sparks in the Park
By far the largest show in Wales is Cardiff’s Sparks in the Park event, held in Coopers Field on Saturday November 4. The spectacular show has been running for 30 years and gathers an impressive crowd, around 15,000 people to be precise.
For those interested, tickets will be available for £10 for adults and £5 for children, or £25 for a family of two adults and two kids.
Merthyr Tydfil – The Merthyr Fireworks Skyshow
Held in Cyfartha Park in Merthyr Tydfil, the Skyshow is back this year and will take place on November 3rd. The event will include a funfair and entertainment throughout the evening, plus the much anticipated firework display.
For those planning in advance, tickets cost £3 for adults, £2.50 for children, and £10 for families.
Caerphilly – Caerphilly Castle Show
As it happens every year, the Caerphilly Town Council promises to put on a spectacular show for visitors with the stunning backdrop of Caerphilly Castle. The firework display is set to take place on November 4, from 7pm, and anyone can enjoy it as the event is free to attend.
Barry Island – Firework Fiesta
Also on November 4th, the Barry Island Pleasure Park will host an impressive firework display, organised by the Barry Rotary Club. Admission will be free and attendants will be able to enjoy a plethora of rides and other attractions, besides the light show.
For those who decide to hold their own party and fireworks display with family and a few close friends, there are some rules you should keep in mind in order to avoid ending up on the wrong side of the law.
First of all, those under 18 are not allowed to buy fireworks. Secondly, it’s illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on certain occasions like Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve. Moreover, fireworks can be bought from registered sellers for private use only on certain dates and it is against the law to throw fireworks in the street or other public places.
Therefore, to be on the safe side, just make sure to visit a professionally organised display and avoid any penalties.