Bonfire Night and fireworks cancelled in UK towns – is your local display affected?

Bonfire Night celebrations are being cancelled across the UK due to soaring costs.

A number of popular fireworks displays held in major towns and cities have already been confirmed not to be going ahead this year, leaving hundreds of thousands of families to either search out a ticketed event or put on their own.

Most of these had already been postponed in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, meaning the festival marking Guy Fawkes’ night is now entering its third year without public celebrations in several parts of the country.

Pressures on council or charity budgets have widely been cited as a reason for the cancellations, while the cost of living and energy prices have also featured in disappointing announcements.

Some authorities have even given net-zero carbon targets as a factor in calling off their events. Others have claimed the events cost more to hold than they bring in, causing them to record a loss in the tens of thousands of pounds in the past.

Responses to the announcements online have been mixed, with some worrying the lack of attractions will lead to anti-social behaviour while others claiming they don’t enjoy the noise from the pyrotechnics.

Here’s a guide to some of Bonfire Night celebrations that will and won’t be going ahead in the UK this year:

Manchester
The ‘capital of the North’ has been one of the hardest hit by cancellations this year, with a number of bonfire nights and fireworks displays held in the city’s parks not going ahead.

Council bosses have blamed a “combination of factors” for the unpopular move, reports Manchester Evening News, with “escalating costs” involved in putting on the event said to be a stumbling block.

Manchester City Council also mentioned its ambition to be a net zero carbon city by 2038.

Council-run events had previously been held in eight parks, including Heaton Park, Platt Fields Park, Cringle Park, Debdale Park, and Wythenshawe Park. The last time they were held was in 2019.

A display at Leverhulme Park in Bolton has also been cancelled.

Birmingham
Birmingham’s biggest Bonfire Night fireworks display will return to the city’s famous Edgbaston Stadium on Saturday November 5.

The ticketed event, which includes a funfair, will open at 5.30pm before the long-awaited fireworks display gets underway at 7.45pm.

Other Bonfire Night events in the West Midlands will take place at Tudor Grange Park in Solihull, Alton Towers, Wolverhampton and Himley Hall.

London
The UK’s biggest fireworks display – once described as the ‘Glastonbury of Fireworks’ by ITV – will return on November 5.

Organisers promise the Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival will offer a spectacular display view of the capital’s skyline, and will be hosted by Gok Wan. It’s now down to final release tickets, priced at £16.50 for adults and £11.50 for children.

A number of councils have however been forced to cancel their own events because of budget issues, including the boroughs of Lewisham, Hackney and Southwark.

Yorkshire
Bonfire Night celebrations will be returning across Yorkshire this year – though not all of them will be free.

A free fireworks display will take place in Bradford City Centre on November 12, while ticketed events will go ahead in Sheffield, Doncaster

Residents of the county’s biggest city, Leeds, may need to rethink their usual plans, however, as the city council has cancelled all six annual fireworks events in the city due to the cost of living crisis.

One resident responded to the news on social media with typical dry humour, writing: “Now all we need is Xmas to be cancelled and we’ve cracked it.”

The Autumn Lights festival in York has also been called off.

Scotland
Glaswegians will have to hope for better times in 2023 as the official Bonfire Night celebration has been cancelled for the third year in a row.

Cultural activities charity Glasgow Life said it was now shifting its focus to the return of the Christmas lights switch-on, says Glasgow Live.

But, a £90,000 family bonfire event run by a charity will go ahead in the Drumchapel area of the city on November 5 in a bid to stop “horrific” anti-social behaviour in the area.

Council officials in Dundee will also redistribute the usual £50,000 Bonfire Night budget to make up shortfalls elsewhere.

Wales
Bonfire Night celebrations are returning to some parts of Wales, although a council event traditionally held in the capital city will no longer go ahead.

Free events will take place in Barry Island and Swansea, while ticketed displays are being put on in Camarthen and Ebbw Vale and Sophiaworks in Cardiff