Best Bonfire Night events across Greater Manchester: Your guide to who’s throwing the biggest party

By Kim Richards

Remember, remember the fifth of November…

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With bonfires set to sprout up across Greater Manchester this weekend, MM has compiled a list of the most family-friendly places to go to make for a safe and enjoyable night.

There are a number of organised events taking place across the city this weekend including major parks Platt Fields and Heaton Park putting on spectacular firework displays.

Visitors of all ages are welcome to these events, so wrap up warm, grab a candy apple and head on down!


Greater Manchester

Heaton Park, Monday November 5

On the outskirts of Manchester, the famous park hosts an annual bonfire and fireworks event and this year is no exception.

Fairground rides and craft stalls will also be there on the night with pop-up stores for mulled wine and street food.

The firework display begins at 7.30pm followed by the lighting of the bonfire at 8pm.

There is a small charge of £5 per car, but organisers recommend using public transport where possible to avoid disappointment.


Brookdale Park, Friday November 2

A free funfair from 6pm until 9pm and a fireworks display at 7pm. Visitors to the park are reminded not to bring their own alcohol or sparklers into the park but they can be bought from stalls inside.


Platt Fields Park, Monday November 5

A multi-national fairground and bonfire to kick off proceedings, then a spectacular fireworks event to top the night off.

Manchester Markets are also featured at the event, selling a variation of foods from different cultures, including German frankfurters and Asian street food.

Fireworks begin at 7.30pm, entrance is free but any donations towards the night are much appreciated.



Abbotsfield Park, Saturday November 3

The Urmston Community is hosting a bonfire and fireworks display with all proceeds going to the Urmston Lions charity fund.

The tickets are £5 which also includes evening entertainment of ‘Vikings in combat show’ at 7.30pm with the fireworks at 8pm.

Advance tickets are available from Patricia’s Florist, Bernard Murray’s Quality Fresh Food, Urmston Book Store and Urmston, Sale, Stretford and Partington Leisure Centres.

Gates open at 5.30pm.


Barton Square, Trafford Centre Sunday November 4

Legoland stage show at 5pm on the main stage of the Orient, followed by a fireworks display at Barton Square 6.30pm onwards.



Peel Park Monday November 5

A free event with a bonfire lit at 7pm, followed by a fireworks display at 7.30pm onwards.

Peel Park, Ram Street, Little Hulton, Prince’s Park Friday November 2

A bonfire lit at 7pm, then a fireworks display at 7.30pm. This event is free.



Heaton Norris Park, Monday November 5

Live music, a bonfire a funfair and a fireworks display. Food and beverages are available to purchase on site.

Bonfire lit at 6.30pm followed by fireworks at 7.30pm.

Entrance is £3 for adults or £6 for a family (two adults, two school aged children)
Visitors should be made aware that this is a Christian organised event and will include a religious message.

Poynton Park, Saturday November 3

Events from 6pm to 9.30pm with bonfire and fireworks display



Cherwell Avenue, Friday November 2

Bonfire lit at 7pm with food and a funfair also on offer, and a fireworks display at 7.30pm.


Boundary Park, Monday November 5

A free event with a small bonfire, family games and activities and traditional food stalls with street entertainers.
144 Boundary Park Road, Oldham.



Aldwinians RUFC Sunday November 4

Tickets are £3 on the gate or £2 in advance and can be bought from the clubs bar.

A firework display at 7pm with bonfire, fairground and food and beverage stalls.


Leverhulme Park, Friday November 2

Leverhulme Park is hosting its annual firework and bonfire display from 6pm to 9pm with a family-friendly funfair.

Presenters from BBC Radio Manchester will be on hand to entertain until 8pm then a community firework display will close the evening’s entertainment.
Entry is free.

Big Book Bonfire, Bonanza November 5

If your children are too young to enjoy fireworks, why not take them down to the Bolton Museum on November 5?

They can enjoy the Big Book Bonanza with a bonfire theme from 10am to 3.30pm. This is a free event and booking is not required.



Woodbank Cricket Club, Sunday November 4

Fireworks and bonfire event. Doors open at 5.30pm with a fireworks display at 7.30pm.
Adult entry £4 and children £2.


Haigh Country Park, Sunday November 4

Fireworks and bonfire event. Gates open at 4pm and fireworks display at 7pm.

This is a ticket only event – £8 per adult £6 per child
To book tickets contact: 01942 828 271.

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