Bonfire and fireworks events in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow
A list of pyrotechnic displays near you this November 5th
Crack out the sparklers and your best flame-retardant evening wear, it’s Guy Fawkes Night. Here are some events commemorating (and cremating) the infamous bomber in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow on 5 Nov
In the capital, the traditional Meadowbank Fireworks Display returns, with pre-show entertainment from 6.30pm leading up to the fireworks from 7.30pm. George Watson’s Rugby Stadium hosts two Fireworks Extravaganzas – one starting at 4.15pm, one at 7.15pm – both offering fire performers, music from the George Watson’s College Pipes and Drums and plenty of hot food and drink alongside the requisite whizzers, bangers and rockets.
Outside the city walls, Musselburgh Race Course is the venue once again for the seaside town’s fireworks display, with ‘the pus oan the bus’ Grant Stott leading pre-show entertainments from 7pm. Tranent and Cockenzie/Port Seton will also host displays. To the north of the city, Hopetoun House will have fire jugglers and a lively samba band in addition to their music-set fireworks display, while over in Fife, Burntisland’s event will feature fairground rides, refreshments and a joint appearance from the Burntisland Pipe Band and Summer Queen.
The Glasgow Green Fireworks are the headline event in that city, with food and drink, a funfair and pre-show entertainment from local radio stars Knoxy and Romeo filling a programme from 4-9pm. For those willing to venture out a bit, Strathclyde Park in Motherwell, Dalmuir Park in Clydebank and the GHA Rugby Club in Giffnock will all host their own events, the latter boasting music, cheerleaders and hotdogs.
As ever, some common sense is necessary when enjoying combustible entertainment: wrap up warm but leave the flammable clothes at home (along with any pets).
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