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Bonfire Night Fireworks

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The skies of London lit up with Fireworks shows held across the city on Bonfire Saturday night this year. There were lots of options of where to go including Alexandra Palace, Hackney Pyromusical, and Harrow fireworks display. For the unfamiliar, Bonfire night commemorates the gunpowder plot to blow up the houses of parliament. Guy Fawkes was arrested for his part in the plot and now the night of the 5th November is known as Guy Fawkes Night, Fireworks Night or Bonfire Night.

Although there are some fireworks on the 5th, most of the big shows happen on the Saturday following. There seem to be lots of versions of why bonfires are lit on this night across England, according to Wikipedia, Londoners lit fires to celebrate to failure of the plot and this became tradition. Some commemorations involve burning an effigy on the fire but this doesn’t seem to happen in London anymore , it’s mostly just fireworks shows. This year I left it too late to get a ticket to Alexandra Palace but I did get tickets to the Hackney Pyromusical which sounded quite impressive. So with great expectation of what exactly a pyromusical was, I headed to Clissold Park in Stoke Newington. Clissold Park is a hidden gem in Northeast London, it has several small lakes, animals including deer (behind fences), a paddling pool, playground, tennis courts and even a butterfly dome. When the weather warms up it becomes a brilliant place to sit and have a drink with friends after work, and with Autumn upon us now, it’s incredibly beautiful.


After a long wet day the skies cleared up and the park filled with eager Londoners ready for a great show. We had been told that we could pick up tickets from a box office earlier in the day but it turned out that this was wrong so we picked up our tickets at the gate at 6pm. Long queues were expected but we didn’t see any. We walked straight in and found a good place close to the front. Compared to other event in London there seemed to be quite a bit of room making this show very family friendly and quite relaxed.
A Star Wars score kicked off the show with fireworks matching the highs and lows of the music. The fireworks were exploding quite low and some even flew above the crowd, I assume this was due the low cloud earlier in the day. I’ve seen plenty of fireworks displays set to music but the film theme was something different. Although this was a great idea the choices of films left something to be desired.


Although everyone seemed impressed with the show, I thought it seemed a little low budget and repetitive. If you’re looking to be wowed by an amazing pyrotechnics display then Alexandra Palace is a better option, there is also a beer festival if you’re that way inclined. If you’re after a relaxed atmosphere and a family friendly display then the hackney Pyromusical is a great option. Clissold Park is easy to get to with good access to the tube and buses, and with several exits it’s easy to get out when the show is over. If you want to head for a pint afterward, the Brownswood Pub on Green lanes is a great choice but expect it to be busy after the fireworks.

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