It’s that time of year again…leaves are turning brown, people are bundling up in cosy jumpers and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes roam the air. The long-awaited bonfire night is around the corner and there are plenty of great things you can do to mark the occasion. From firework displays to the freak queer rave – we’ve rounded up something for everyone on this guide.

Bonfire Bangers | The Spot | 7 pm - 2 am | 56 Hyde Road, Manchester M18 7AA | £15

Coming to The Spot this bonfire night is Bonfire Bangers. Get ready for an upbeat, uptempo night with resident DJ creating fireworks upon the decks. With party games, prizes and dance-offs – this is sure to be a bonfire night to remember. Playing 90s classics, afrobeat anthems, dancehall tunes, and hip-hop hits – there is definitely something for everybody.

Chorlton Bonfire Night | 9 Chorlton Green, Manchester M21 9HS | 6:30 pm - 10 pm

Get ready for Chorlton Green to be set ablaze this bonfire night with an impressive firework display set to kick off on the green just outside The Horse & Jockey pub. Perfectly located, this display is a great start to the night where you can freely enjoy a beer either before or after the fireworks and even head out to the famous Beech Road for some grub and more booze. Fancy a late one? Chorlton is home to heaps of great independent bars and pubs that you can check out post-fireworks.

Freak Queer Rave | Hidden | 11 pm - 4 am | DownTex Mill, 16-18 Mary Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M3 1NH | £15

Fancy something a little more interesting than a firework display? Head to Hidden this bonfire night for a spectacular night out at the infamous Freak Queer Rave. Blasting acid-house all through the night, get ready to move your body, meet some new people and be amazed at the wonderful outfits everybody will be sporting. With a lineup that never disappoints and a venue always decked out in the best decor – this is sure to be a night of fun, fantasy, and Fawkes.

Luminosa, A Circus Cabaret | The Lowry | Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ | 7:30 pm - 10 pm | From £10

Luminosa is a brand new circus cabaret for the 21st century! A sizzling, scintillating night of daring feats with fun and fantastic performance. Expect cutting-edge dance in the sky, jaw-dropping juggling, tipsy hoop swirling, live music, laughter and much more in this feel-good show from some of the country’s leading performers. Featuring the very best of British and international circus artists, Luminosa is the biggest and best circus show in town. Be prepared for a night out that’s not to be missed.

, Tel: 0333 320 2838
The Hothouse by Harold Pinter | The Edge Theatre | Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9JG From 7:30 pm | From £5

Not one for the crowds and loud noises? We’ve got you covered. Check out some indie theatre this bonfire night at The Edge Theatre. Theatre M21 are a local amateur dramatic society in Chorlton that have been based at The Edge since the 1930s. They only perform at The Edge three times a year so seize the day and join them this November as they present the epic tragicomedy, The Hothouse, by Harold Pinter. Support a charity, indulge in some local theatre and get ready for a night of mayhem this bonfire night.

, Tel: 0161 282 9776
Fri 5 Nov
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Wed 29 Sep 2021