Bonfire and fireworks events for Guy Fawkes Night 2013

A comprehensive guide to bonfires and firework displays in central Scotland


This article is from 2013.

Guy Fawkes Night 2013 events round-up

Scotland’s capital really loves fireworks – think end of the festival, Hogmanay, any given Tuesday – but Guy Fawkes Night is always the brightest day in the fireworks calendar. For a big - and free - fireworks display on the beach, head to Musselburgh Fireworks Display at Fisherrow Links at 7pm on Tue 5 Nov. Meadowbank Stadium is hosting its Annual Fireworks Display (Tue 5 Nov) with a superhero theme (so you can get double value for those Halloween costumes) – get there at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Meanwhile, George Watson’s Rugby Club presents two Fireworks Extravaganzas on Sun 3 Nov this year, one at 4pm and another at 7pm. Both shows will offer the full programme which includes the MGA Academy of Performing Arts, the Edinburgh Samba School and the Edinburgh Academy Pipe Band in addition to the fireworks display.

There's plenty going on outwith the city limits as well. Hopetoun House will be putting on a Fireworks Display for all the family, with a full programme of entertainment featuring fire jugglers, a samba band and of course a stunning pyrotechnics display (last entry is 6pm with the show commencing at 6.30pm). In an easterly direction, Haddington (Sat 2 Nov) and Aberlady (Sun 3 Nov) will host displays of the own – if we had to choose between them, we'd opt for the latter, which offers barbecues, hot dogs, mulled wine and sparklers into the bargain.

In Fife, Pittencrief Park will host the Dunfermline Firework Display (Tue 5 Nov), considered one of the best in Scotland. The event will feature music and entertainment as well as appearances from the odd Forth One DJ. Limekilns (Sat 2 Nov), Saline (Sat 2 Nov) and Kirkcaldy (Sun 3 Nov) will host their own spectacular events across the weekend leading up to Guy Fawkes Night, while further north, Perth's Bonfire and Firework Display and both Baxter Park and Lochee Park in Dundee take a more traditional approach, letting their rockets fly on Tue 5 Nov.

Over in the west of the country, the main event will be the huge annual display at Glasgow Green (Tue 5 Nov), with a funfair open from 4pm, entertainment starting at 5.30pm and the display getting underway at 7.30pm.

Outside the city, Strathclyde Park (Tue 5 Nov) will host their own display, as well as a funfair, food, entertainment and a secret guest speaker. Giffnock's display (Tue 5 Nov) doesn't have mystery guests, but does offer food, music and cheerleaders from 7pm. Paisley (Sun 3 Nov), Airdrie (Mon 4 Nov), Cumbernauld (Mon 4 Nov), Coatbridge (Mon 4 Nov) and Kilmarnock (Tue 5 Nov) are getting in on the act too.

Keep in mind to wrap up warm for any events that you are going to, leave the pets and shellsuits at home, and remember, remember that swordfights with sparklers may sound like great fun (as well as a good title for a play), but ultimately result in a trip to A+E.

A list of UK-wide Guy Fawkes Night events is available in our listings section – set your location to find the events closest to you.

This article is from 2013.

Aberlady Fireworks and Bonfire Night

Community fireworks display and bonfire, organised by Aberlady Kids Football Club, with promises of barbecues, hot dogs, mulled wine and sparklers.

Gosford Bothy Farm Shop, Aberlady

Sun 2 Nov

£3 (Family £10) / 07710 434347

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Dunfermline Fireworks Display

Gasp in awe at the spectacular fireworks, and keep out the autumn chills around the bonfire.

Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline

Sat 8 Nov

Times to be confirmed / Free

Fireworks Extravaganza

To keep up with audience demand there are two fireworks displays at George Watson's Rugby Stadium. Both shows feature a full programme of entertainment, including Delighters Fire Circus Theatre, rock choir and pipe band. Plus plenty of hot food and drink. Book online via the SLA charity website; early booking advised.

George Watson's Rugby Stadium, Edinburgh

Sun 2 Nov

£6.50–£7.50 (Family £24–£26; under 2s free) / 0131 629 9112

  • 16:10
  • 18:40

Glasgow Green Fireworks

Annual huge fireworks display for all the family on Glasgow Green. Food and funfair runs from 4pm, entertainment begins at 5.30pm and the first bang goes off at 7.30pm.

Glasgow Green

Wed 5 Nov

Times to be confirmed / Free

Haddington Fireworks Association Display

A family friendly fireworks display to celebrate bonfire night. Bonfire lights at 7pm, fireworks from 7.30pm.

Whittinghame Drive, Haddington

Sat 1 Nov


  • 18:30

Hopetoun Fireworks Display

A family event for Guy Fawkes' night featuring a spectacular fireworks display set to music on one of Scotland's most impressive country estates. The floodlit facade of this stately home provides a stunning backdrop for the pyrotechnics, plus entertainment including fire jugglers and a lively samba band. Fireworks display…

Hopetoun House, South Queensferry

Sat 1 Nov

£12 (Children £6; under 3s free) / 0131 331 2451

Kirkcaldy Golf Club Bonfire Night Fireworks

Family friendly annual fireworks display complete with bonfire, carvery and disco. Fireworks display at 6.30pm.

Kirkcaldy Golf Club

Sun 2 Nov

Times & prices to be confirmed / 01592 205240

Saline & Steelend Bonfire and Fireworks Display

A safe way to enjoy fireworks and a great big bonfire this Guy Fawkes Night.

Meadowbank Annual Fireworks Display

Fun for all the family at Edinburgh's only official fireworks display, which kicks off at 7.30pm.

Strathclyde Park Fireworks

An extravaganza of music and fireworks, with a funfair too. Plus, a secret guest speaker.

Limekilns Bonfire and Fireworks Display

A spectacular fireworks display organised by the 81st Fife Scouts.

Paisley Fireworks Display

Outdoor event featuring live music, The Clyde One Roadshow and The Singing Kettle with a fireworks display focused around great sporting music in honour of the Commonwealth Games 2014.

East Ayrshire Family Fireworks Display

A funfair and live music from the Lounge Lizards kicks off the evening's entertainment, with West FM’s Colin McArdle taking on emcee duties. Don't forget to to pass on a few coins for the 'Pound for the Guy' fund.

Broadwood Bonfire Night

Gather round the bonfire for a cosy night out.

Airdrie Firework Display

Hot food and drink are available to warm your cockles at this firework display.

GHA Fireworks Display

Music, cheerleaders and hotdogs accompany this spectacular fireworks display to celebrate Bonfire Night in East Renfrewshire.


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