Bonfire Night 2021: Manchester’s best places to watch

The annual bonfire night is upon us. Most events are going ahead as planned but some big shows in Manchester City Centre and Salford have been cancelled in guidance with the latest COVID recommendations on large-scale events.

In spite of this, here’s a list of places in Manchester where the bonfires and fireworks will be lit over the coming week.


Oldham Edge Bonfire will host a dazzling show of fireworks and bonfires on Thursday 4 November.

It’s free to attend and starts at 5:30pm.


Unfortunately all eight council-planned events have been cancelled by Manchester City Council. Meaning the city centre won’t have hosted a firework display for two years now.

Due to ongoing guidance on Covid-19, the council decided ‘the health of Manchester people has to come first.’

The eight displays usually attracted more than 100,000 people but this year will be noticeably quieter.

Shows at Heaton Park, Platt Fields Park, Wythenshawe Park, Crumpsall Park, Cringle Park, Debdale Park, Brookdale Park and the Etihad Campus have been cancelled.

Manchester City Council supports private, pre-ticketed events but said the Covid restrictions made the usual fanfare of flames and fireworks in the city centre ‘unworkable’ this year.

But fear not, Escape to Freight Island, tucked underneath Piccadilly Station will be hosting their own firework extravaganza complete with hog roasts, mulled wine, heated terraces and fireworks on Friday November 5. The popular bar within the Mayfield Depot will try and fill the void left by the omission of Heaton Park’s usual display.

The festive affairs at Freight Island will continue to an ice rink as part of their ‘Winter Island’, all new for the winter season.


Wigan is putting on a real show on Friday November 5 for their display. Haigh Woodland Park will welcome fireworks, bonfires, live music and entertainment on the night.

Entertainment will range from an LED puppet show to Irish folk music.

Tickets are £11.37 for adults and £9.21 for children.

Across town, Leigh Cricket Club will put their own show on too. Slightly cheaper priced at £7.50 for adults and £5 for children, the night will also hold live music, a funfair and the usual fireworks.


For 20 minutes of uninterrupted fireworks then Denton West Cricket Club in Tameside is the place to go. The show plans to be a big one and very popular with Tameside residents.

The hot food vans there will be on standby if the November chills get a bit too much.

This event will take place on Saturday November 6.


Again, like Manchester, events in Salford have been given the boot for the second year in a row.

Bonfire and firework displays scheduled to take place at Buile Hill Park on Friday November 5 and Prince’s Park, Irlam on Saturday due to health concerns.

The Council and Police made the decision over fears of an influx of visitors given neighbouring events had been given the axe and a rise in Covid cases in the region.


A 3-hour show will take place at Woodford Community Centre.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Friday November 5.

Poynton Park will be hosting their much anticipated event this year too. It’ll be the 48th time this event has taken place. Saturday November 6.

Stockport Rugby Union Football Club will also host their show on Friday November 5.

There will be a live music show and tickers star at £6.


Over in Trafford, there will be a late night firework display at Urmston Sports Club running until 11pm on Saturday November 6.

Food and drink will be available with some striking fireworks popping off in the distance.

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5 November 2021 12:29 am

Typical…..You attend festivals, pubs, beer festivals, concert events… everything related to money and alcohol and covid is never an issue. Yet free family events given the year everyone has had is not taken place. As usual a load of BS excuses….

5 November 2021 12:10 pm

Saving money to pay off government debt! Scandalous

Levy chap.
Levy chap.
5 November 2021 6:07 pm

Don’t expect to ever see a return of free firework displays. Meanwhile only two days ago, the council was quite happy to see thousands of paying customers crowd into Castlefields to greet Amal the giant puppet girl. Gotta make sure those council pensions arn’t threatened.

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