Bonfire night falls on a Saturday in 2022, 6 years since the last Saturday evening Bonfire Night. And where better to celebrate than London, the place where the gunpowder plot originated.
On the 5th November 1605, Guy Fawkes hid 33 barrels of gunpowder in a cellar at the Palace of Westminster in a bid to blow up King James I and the Houses of Parliament. Discovered red handed, Fawkes was taken to the Tower of London where the names of his co-conspirators were extracted under torture. Over 400 years later, Bonfire Night remains a key event in the British social calendar. Fireworks, bonfires and effigies of Guy Fawkes, we’ve got it all in our guide of the things to do in London on Bonfire Night 2022.
Experience the ‘Glastonbury of Fireworks’ this bonfire night at Alexandra Palace Park in North London – one of the highest points in London. Not only will you get a spectacular view out across the city, but the Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival has many other delights too, like the German Bier Festival, funfair, plus street food and dancing at StrEATlife. Best of all, ice skating is on the menu too, courtesy of the Ice Disco! Taking place 4-5 November 2022.
A famous fireworks display is hosted each year at Battersea Park, on the south bank of the River Thames. This 200 acre park boasts both a huge bonfire and a spectacular firework show. Nearby Battersea Power Station, a working power station until the early 80s, and now a thriving foodie hub, is just the place for some pre or post fireworks food and entertainment. Taking place 5-6 November 2022.
The annual fireworks extravaganza at Wimbledon Park, and its sister show at Morden Park, will take place on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November 2022. These musical fireworks have a theme, like Disney or James Bond, which really add to the overall atmosphere. And the children will be sure to enjoy the funfair rides.
Sadly cancelled in 2020 and 2021, hopes are high that one of the best bonfire night events in South London will be back for 2022.
Venture to the 33 acres of Chiswick Park in West London on Thursday 3rd November 2022 for live music, food stalls and fire performers. Hosted by Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work, the event is usually free to enter with a requirement to book tickets in advance.
A true community event, the 5th Beckenham South Scout Group is behind this Guy Fawkes Night event. Taking place on Saturday 5th November 2022 at Croydon Road Recreation Ground, the Beckenham Fireworks usually include a quieter early display with the main display of Bonfire Night fireworks kicking off a little later in the evening.
Sparklers at the ready for Bonfire Night at Barnes Sports Club, complete with traditional bonfire, hot mulled wine, best Guy competition, and of course, the main event of the fireworks themselves. Dates for 2022 still to be released.
Pyrotechnics and culture combine at the annual Victoria Park Fireworks. Taking place in Tower Hamlets in London’s East End, the event has a different theme each year. The 2019 display celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landings, with Bonfire Night 2021 and 2020 events cancelled. Dates for 2022 still to be released.
The 2021 Harrow Fireworks at Byron Park were a celebration of not only the Fifth of November but Diwali too! Featuring a funfair, Diwali display, plus world food, we can’t wait to see that the 2022 event will bring!
Blackheath’s fireworks display, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, has been one of the most popular Bonfire Night activities in South London in years gone by, with around 100,000 people attending. The 2021 event was cancelled due to budget cuts, but the organisers (Lewisham Council) are hopeful to be able to host the event again in the future. Here’s hoping!
We’ve been a couple of years without the Southwark Park Fireworks, with the 2021 and 2020 displays not going ahead. Once an annual event in South East London’s calendar, with an impressive 16 year run and pyrotechnics, fire dancers and fireworks aplenty, it is yet to be announced whether this event will take place in 2022.
Fear not though, if you don’t manage to get to London to celebrate Bonfire Night in 2022, there’s always New Year’s Eve, as that’s when the televised London New Year’s Eve Fireworks display takes place. The 2021 show was a spectacular performance featuring fireworks, a light show, drones and live performances, and the 2022 show is sure to be another showstopper! Don’t forget to check back, as we’ll be updating this article as details of more 2022 London Bonfire Night events are released.