Whether you’re a Catherine wheel connoisseur or jostling with the dog for space behind the couch, Manchester’s Bonfire Night lineup offers something for everybody this year, from tranquil kid-friendly sparkle shows to seismic, sky-splitting rocket exhibitions.

Here are some of the best Bonfire Night events around Manchester:

Freight Island Fireworks & Fire Garden Night | Mayfield Park | Sat 4 Nov | 5.30pm-9pm | From £8

Presented in collaboration with outdoor arts specialists Walk The Plank, Freight Island’s Fireworks & Fire Garden Night transforms Mayfield Park into a mesmerising labyrinth of flame-lined pathways, snaking between fire-breathing copper flowers and incendiary tree sculptures, with a dazzling fireworks display during each session.

Boardman Gate Entrance, Baring St, Manchester M1 2PY
Fireworks at the Farm | Cockfields Farm | Fri 3 - Sun 5 Nov | 5pm-8pm | £12

Promising ‘a safe and low-bang firework display’ across three days, Oldham’s favourite family-friendly farm hosts a welcoming Guy Fawkes weekender with food trucks, mini discos and a relaxed, musical pyrotechnics display each evening. The Farm Buildings will also be open, with animal feeding opportunities available throughout the schedule.

Lees Rd, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 8AR, Tel: 0161 331 3322
Buile Hill Park | Sat 4 Nov | 4pm | FREE | 6pm

Beginning with a quieter but no less magical Little Sparks display at 5pm before a 6pm firecracker show and the main event at 7.30, Buile Hill Park’s annual fireworks show returns for an evening of eclectic live music performances, festive snacks, fun fair stalls, glowing sculptures and even a ‘fire walk’.

Eccles Old Rd, Salford M6 8GL
Bonfire Night | Prestwich Golf Club | Sat 4 Nov | 5pm | £5-£15

Running from 5-10pm, Prestwich Golf Club’s Bonfire Night extravaganza features two ten-minute firework displays showcasing the latest pyrotechnic wonders, an array of hot food options, a tombola and a roaring bonfire illuminating the grounds from open to close.

Hilton Ln, Prestwich, Greater Manchester M25 9XB, UK
Bowdon Fireworks | Bowdon Cricket Club | Fri 3 Nov | 6pm | £8-£40

Featuring amusement rides, barbecue burgers, toffee apples and even a lower-volume family-friendly fireworks display before the breathtaking grand finale, Bowdon’s 55th Annual Bonfire is set to be one of Cheshire’s most elaborate seasonal celebrations.

Family tickets (2 adults, 2 children aged 3-13) are available for £40.

South Downs Road, Altrincham WA14 3DT
Bonfire & Firework Extravaganza | Shaw Cricket Club | Sat 4 Nov | 5.30pm | FREE-£15 (Family)

For families looking for an earlier evening schedule, Shaw Cricket Club light their spectacular bonfire at 6pm sharp, with fireworks to follow at 7.15pm and fairground rides running throughout the evening.

Mark Lane, Shaw OL2 8QG
Bury's Biggest & Best Fireworks Display | Woodbank Cricket Club | Sat 4 Nov | 6pm | £3-£5

Taking place at Woodbank Cricket Club from 6pm on Sat 4 Nov, Bury’s biggest fireworks event also features food, hot and cold drinks and a variety of funfair attractions, with tickets priced at £5 per adult and just £3 per under-16.

Woodbank Cricket Club, Bury, BL8 1AX
Rochdale Bonfire Night | Cronkeyshaw Common | Thu 2 Nov | 7pm | FREE

Free to attend with food, drink and fun fair stalls spread across Cronkeyshaw Common, the official Rochdale Bonfire invites families to an early Guy Fawkes Night celebration on Thu 3 Nov. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm, with a spectacular fireworks show to follow at 7.30.

Cronkeyshaw Common, Syke, Rochdale OL12 0QR
Bonfire Night | Stretford Cricket Club | Sun 5 Nov | 5pm | £3-£15 (Family)

Promising their ‘biggest event yet’ with food, drinks and upgraded pyro across two incredible displays, Stretford Cricket Club hosts an unforgettable bonfire night in partnership with Chorlton Fireworks. Click below to book your advance tickets to ensure entry to the first display, as walk-ins are one-in-one-out thereafter.

Stretford Cricket Club, Lesley Road, Stretford, M32 9EE
Bramhall Firework & Music Festival 2023 | Stockport Rugby Club | Fri 3 Nov | 5pm | FREE-£35 (Family)

Returning to Stockport Rugby Club for a seventh year, the Bramhall Firework & Music Festival foregoes the traditional bonfire for an all-out party featuring a huge live music line-up, fun fair attractions, fire dancers and a breathtaking fireworks show set to a ‘Best of British’ soundtrack.

Stockport rugby Club, Bramhall, SK7 3AN
1st Handforth Scouts Bonfire | Handforth | Sat 4 Nov | 5.30pm | £3.50-£6.50

Just over nine miles south of the city, the 1st Handforth Scouts stages their annual fundraising bonfire complete with hot and cold food, a well-stocked bar, music, games, tombola and an impressive fireworks display which kicks off at 7.30pm.

Old Rd, Handforth, Wilmslow SK9 3AZ
West Didsbury & Chorlton AFC | Sun 5 Nov | 5.30pm | FREE-£20 (Family)

Taking place from 5.30pm, the beloved grassroots South Manchester football club’s traditional bonfire and fireworks display features a packed schedule of family-friendly entertainment including dancers, face-painting and even children’s zumba, with family tickets (4) available for just £20 while under-3s get in free.

Brookburn Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 8FE
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Wed 1 Nov 2023