Where to see bonfire night fireworks displays near Edinburgh 2018
- Scott Henderson
- 19 October 2018
What time do the fireworks start in Edinburgh, Fife and East Lothian
Whether you live in Edinburgh, or close by, this year there are more events than ever to help you celebrate Guy Fawkes' failed attempt to blow up the House of Lords.The sad new is that there's no Meadowbank fireworks this year with the venue now closed for redevelopment – not to worry though, in Edinburgh you're never far from bonfire night pyromania. Scottish Love in Action has three displays lined up this year, with a display at George Heriot's Playing Fields on Fri 2 Nov from 6.30–8pm, and two further displats at George Watson's Rugby Stadium on Sun 4 Nov, 4.30–5.35pm and 6.30–7.45pm. All three Lightastics Fireworks Extravaganzas will include pipe bands, costume parade by ECA, and Delighters Fire Circus Theatre.
For something a bit different in the city, you might also check out Samhuinn Fire Festival. Hosted by the Beltane Fire Society, the event celebrate the Celtic New Year in slightly anarchic fashion, with a parade, acrobats, costumes, fireworks and a huge bonfire. Takes place Wed 31 Oct from 9pm, on Calton Hill. Read our Samhuinn Fire Festival explainer to find out more.
Outside of the city to the east, Haddington Fireworks Association Display returns on Sat 3 Nov (bonfire lights at 7pm, fireworks at 7.45pm), leaving you with the choice to attend both it and Aberlady Fireworks & Bonfire Night the following night, Sun 4 Nov. Even further out into East Lothian, the Yacht Club plays host to the North Berwick Fireworks Display, taking place 7.30pm on the harbour, Mon 5 Nov.
For something a little grander head west of the city for the stately Hopetoun Fireworks Display in South Queensferry whose celebrations take place a week earlier on Sat 3 Nov. A evening's worth of entertainment cultimates in the firework display, with this year's theme 'The Greatest Fireworks Show on Earth' boasting a big top! Linlithgow Firework Night at the Rugby Club should also take up the West Lothian demand, it's display taking place Sat 3 Nov at 6.30pm.
Across the Forth Road Bridge, Burntisland Bonfire & Fireworks Display this year is on Bonfire Night proper, event kicks off at 6.00pm, bonfire lit at 7pm with added bonus of fairground rides to keep the kids happy. There's a welcome return of the free display at King George V Park in Crossford on Fri 2 Nov (donations welcome), fireworks take off from 7.30pm. The following night (Sat 3 Nov) there's the annual Dunfermline Fireworks Display () in Pittencrieff Park with live bands on stage from 6pm and fireworks from 7pm.
Slight further north is Cardenden Community Bonfire & Fireworks Display on Fri 9 Nov with a torch-lit procession for children. Nearby Kirkcaldy Golf Club Bonfire Night Fireworks hosts its annual celebrations on the Sun 4 Nov, including a carvery and disco for old and young alike.
For more info on Guy Fawkes fireworks displays around the UK, see our Bonfire Night Guide.