The best Bonfires and Fireworks displays in Edinburgh and Glasgow

The best Bonfires and Fireworks displays in Edinburgh and Glasgow

There are a number of great opportunities to admire fire and fireworks around 5 Nov. Niki Boyle removes his shellsuit jacket, locks his pets safely indoors, and investigates


Chances are, unless you’re not hunched over your computer creating the best ever fire-themed Spotify playlist (which we already did last year:, you’ll want to spend it standing round a massive fire with your nearest and dearest, saying ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ as fireworks burst into colour above your head. But where oh where will you watch them?

Glasgow is proud to host one of the biggest bonfire nights in Scotland at Glasgow Green (Fri 5 Nov, 4pm; free); this year, they’re adopting a Mamma Mia theme. Expect to hear Abba’s greatest hits synched up to some explosions in the sky, then, along with lasers, live bands, a funfair and some hot food and drink stalls. The festivities begin at 4pm, with the fireworks display kicking off at 7.30pm, and the whole shebang wrapping up by 9pm. Not to be outdone, the Drumchapel and West Winterfest Firework Display (Drumchapel Park, Glasgow, Fri 5 Nov, 4.30pm; free) also has large-scale combustible fun in store. This year’s X Factor-themed event is a full-on extravaganza, with music from the TV show’s Rikki Loney and Same Difference, as well as Showaddywaddy, Maria Marciano, a Michael Jackson tribute show and the Loud’n’Proud music school. Funfair rides, a spooky ghost and Titan the Robot will also be involved in the entertainment on offer, which will culminate at 7pm with a low-level fireworks display, and finish off by 9pm.

Elsewhere in the west, the Strathclyde Park Fireworks (Strathclyde Park, Motherwell, Fri 5 Nov, 6pm; free) promises to be a spectacular affair: music from Real Radio, live guests and a funfair will lead up to a dazzling fireworks display from 8.20pm, which will be reflected across the expanse of Strathclyde Loch. Airdrie Leisure Centre (Raywards Park, Airdrie, Thu 4 Nov, 7.30pm; free), Dunbeth Park (Coatbridge, Thu 4 Nov, 7.15pm; free) and Broadwood Loch (Cumbernauld, Thu 4 Nov, 7.30pm; free) will hold similar events the day before, with hot food and refreshments available at each.

In Edinburgh, the big bonfire night celebration is at Meadowbank Sports Centre (Fri 5 Nov, 6.30pm; £5.50/£6 after Mon 1 Nov), where local radio DJ Big Al will provide entertainment prior to the fireworks display at 7.30pm. Nearby towns offer stiff competition, though: the Linlithgow Bonfire and Fireworks Display (Linlithgow Rugby Club, Fri 5 Nov, 7pm; £3/£8 family ticket) regularly attracts crowds of 3000, and offers a BBQ and refreshments along with the traditional bonfire-and-fireworks combo, while the Hopetoun Bonfire Night with Fireworks (Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, Sat 6 Nov, 3.30pm; £10/£6 kids, under threes free) has a busy programme of events including funfair rides, fire jugglers and dancers, fantastic food stalls and panto villain extraordinaire Grant Stott, until 9pm.

On the other side of the city, Musselburgh’s annual fireworks shindig (Hope Place, Musselburgh, Fri 5 Nov, 7pm; free) has been moved from its previous home inside the racecourse to just outside it, on the east end, but has been scaled up from 20 to 30 minutes at the same time. Elsewhere in East Lothian, Tranent (Elphinstone Road, Tranent, Thu 4 Nov; free), Port Seton Links (Port Seton, Fri 5 Nov; free), Pencaitland (Beeches Field, Pencaitland, Sat 6 Nov; free) and Aberlady (Aberlady Bird Centre, Sun 7 Nov; free) will be hosting their own community bonfire events across the weekend.

City of Inverness Fireworks Display

The Highlands' capital hosts their annual fireworks display. Drivers are advised to use city centre car parks and walk to event.

Strathclyde Park Fireworks Display

An extravaganza of music and fireworks. Bonfire lit at 7.15pm followed by fireworks at 8pm.

Burntisland Bonfire & Fireworks Display

Traditional bonfire and fireworks display, with live music and fairground rides.

Dunfermline Fireworks Display

Please note: the 2018 fireworks display has been cancelled (more details). Bonfire night fireworks plus live music entertainment.

Callendar Park Fireworks Display

Bonfire night display with entertainment from 6.30pm and fireworks at 7.30pm.

Lanarkshire Night Sky - The Chatelherault Experience

View the surrounding fireworks displays from the popular Chatelherault vantage point. Themed snacks available.

Three Towns Fireworks Display

Remember remember the... er, first of November, for a spectacular firework display at Saltcoats Harbour. There will be entertainment in the Harbour area from 6pm. Please do not bring fireworks, pets or alcohol.

Stonehaven Bonfire and Fireworks Display

Minerwell Park is the venue for Stonehaven's annual bonfire and fireworks display, which includes a barbecue and opportunities to buy novelty light items. Bonfire lit at 6.30pm, display at 7pm.

Hopetoun Bonfire & Fireworks Night

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.

Banchory Bonfire and Fireworks Night

Ooh and ahh at the spectacular fireworks display. The bonfire is lit as 6.30pm and the fireworks begin at 7pm.

Banchory Fireworks Display

The Banchory and District Round Table present a traditional giant bonfire and firework display with bonfire at 6.30pm and fireworks at 7pm.

Guy Fox Charity Night

Fireworks with a vulpine flavour on the shores of Loch Lomond as the Rowardennan Hotel hosts a charity bonfire with all tickets sales and 50% of profits from the bar going to Macmillan Cancer Support, plus hot soup and sausage rolls to keep you toasty.

Drumchapel & West Winterfest Fireworks

Music and entertainment, funfair, street theatre, dancers and more. Fireworks from 7pm.

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