Bonfire Night: Fireworks displays in Edinburgh and Glasgow 2011

Bonfire Night activities

A roundup of the best Guy Fawkes events in the central belt

Whether you’re suckered in by the promise of some sparklers, or the sight of a good Catherine wheel takes you back to your youth, fireworks celebrations are the very pinnacle in wholesome, autumnal fun.


Tired of having disappointing bonfire nights because you didn’t know what field in your area would be hosting the ultimate firecracker show? Well, fret no more, List reader – we have done some recon in your local area to find out where best to light your sparklers this November weekend.

Glasgow has a plethora of suitable spots to scoff a candy apple. Glasgow Green (Sat 5 Nov, 4pm; free) is one of Scotland’s biggest bonfire events, offering hot food and local radio DJs. This one usually packs out pretty quickly, so come early if you want to get a good parking space nearby. Last year’s bangers were Mamma Mia themed, with Abba classics being cranked out across the park, so expect something similarly ridiculous and good fun this time round.

Drumchapel and West Winterfest (Drumchapel Park, Sat 5 Nov, 4pm; free) have activities planned to turn an afternoon into an evening, with entertainment from X Factor’s Hollie Burns, Take That 2 and Lady Gaga tribute Jenni Jayne. A low-level, music-themed fireworks display will start at 7pm, with the main show at 7.30pm. Family-friendly, with catering, stalls, dancers and a funfair.

Outside the city, head to Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld (Fri 4 Nov, 7.30pm; free) for a cosy bonfire. Dunbeth Park in Coatbridge and Airdrie Leisure Centre will also be hosting events on the Friday (Fri 4 Nov, 7pm; free). Hot food and drink will be available to buy and the display should last about 30 minutes – perfect for those of a more sensitive disposition / with a penchant for inappropriate winter clothing. Strathclyde Country Park (Sat 5 Nov, 7.30pm; free) always pulls in a massive crowd, with a stage for musical acts, stalls and rides for the weans. Fireworks will start at 8.20pm. Be sure to get there in time – last year some firecrackers were set off from the middle of the water. Picturesque, no?

In Edinburgh, Meadowbank Fireworks Display will take place at Meadowbank Sports Centre (Sat 5 Nov, 6.30pm; £6), with the ’crackers going off at 7.30pm. Parking here is limited too, so venture on foot where you can and ensure a speedy exit after the festivities.

Linlithgow Rugby Club (Sat 5 Nov, 6pm; £4 / £10 family ticket) are opening their clubhouse and bar for their annual Fawkes-friendly celebration, with hot dogs, burgers, soup and hot drinks onsale before the 20-minute display, as well as bonfire-themed treats for the kids.

Hopetoun House (Sat 5 Nov, 4pm; £6–£10; car parking free) aims to build on its existing good bonfire rep, with the display being accompanied by food stalls and live entertainment infront of the stately home. Fireworks, set to start at 6.30pm, will be set to music from Walt Disney’s classics.

Musselburgh Race Course (Sat 5 Nov, 6pm; free) will be setting off their fireworks at 8pm, with pre-display musical entertainment and banter from compère Grant Stott, Forth One DJ, regular face on The Hour and panto favourite.

And if none of those traditional activities are catching your eye, check out Wired For Sound and their first birthday bash, Remember, Remember the 5th of November, in Leith (The Village, Sat 5 Nov, 9pm; free). Resident DJs Allan Dunbar and Steven Wanless celebrate a year of free events in the city by spinning their favourite tunes of all genres and will be bringing along a box of bangers for outdoor fun.

And finally, the safety stuff. Your mum was right when she told you to keep your pets indoors on this night most filled with unexpected, cat and dug terrorising noises, so take a moment to think about your little critters. When you’re heading out for the evening, remember to pick up some sensible footwear, a warm jacket, pocket change for some candy floss and, most importantly, your inner child.

Baxter Park Firework Display

Live music and entertainment make this a night out for the whole family. Bonfire lit at 6.15pm followed by fireworks at 7pm. NB: For health and safety reasons please do not bring your own fireworks, sparklers or Chinese lanterns. No parking available on site.

Burntisland Bonfire & Fireworks Display

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

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.

Dunfermline Fireworks Display

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

Wired For Sound

Funky mix with no musical boundaries as Allan Dunbar (Headspin) and Steven Wanless (Taste/Frisco Disco) dig deep into the vaults.

Fence's Flamin' HOTT LOGGZ

Another knees-up in the East Neuk from the Fence Collective, with an as-yet-unrevealed line-up that is sure to include the usual Fence favourites (Pictish Trail, King Creosote, James Yorkston are all likely suspects). The schedule involves live music and DJs all afternoon, a torch procession from Anstruther to Cellardyke…

Meadowbank Annual Fireworks Display

Fun for all the family at Edinburgh's only official fireworks display. This year features a sci-fi theme.

Glasgow Green Fireworks Display

Annual huge fireworks display for all the family on Glasgow Green. Display at 7.30pm.

Drumchapel & West Winterfest Fireworks

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

It Is Rocket Science

David Wharton takes a look at the science behind fireworks – why do those rockets create such vibrant sights and sounds. Perfect preparation for Bonfire Night. Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Ayr Fireworks Display

A funfair and kids entertainers will help keep the whole family entertained. Doors open at 6pm. Fireworks from 7pm.

Dunbeth Park Firework Display

Hot food and drink are available to warm your cockles at this firework display. Bonfire at 7pm, display at 7.30pm.

Airdrie Firework Display

Hot food and drink are available to warm your cockles at this firework display. Bonfire at 7pm in Rawyards Park, then fireworks display at 7.30pm. Parking is available at Motherwell Street and Waverley Drive and you are advised to arrive early to secure a space.

Musselburgh Firework Display

Spectacular fireworks display, kicking off at 7pm.

Lochee Park Firework Display

Spectacular bonfire and fireworks display at Lochee Park. The theme for 2018 is 'party', with a soundtrack of songs from artists who've performed in Dundee this past year, from KT Tunstall and the Proclaimers to Rita Ora and Erasure.

Fireworks for Arbroath

Fireworks display with bonfire at 6pm and fireworks at 6.30pm. Please wear warm clothes, sensible footwear and take a torch. No parking on site, disabled people can go through main gate in their car on the night (badge must be shown).

Callendar Park Fireworks Display

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

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