Where to see bonfire night fireworks displays near Manchester 2018
What time are fireworks in the city centre, Newton Heath, Salford and Stockport
It's nearly time to celebrate Guy Fawkes' failed attempt to kill the King. Manchester is well-prepared for it, with a host of bonfire and firework events lined up this year to help you celebrate with a bang.
It seems most of the city's parks are hosting the fun, with the celebrations kicking off at Debdale Park Bonfire and Firework Night (Sat 27 Oct), a traditional celebration with a funfair starting at 5pm, the lighting of a bonfire, and fireworks at 7.30pm. On Tue 30 Oct there's the Cringle Park display, while on Thu 1 Nov there's Crumpsall Park. Both are free with fireworks starting at 7.30pm, and funfairs to keep everyone entertained.
Head to Brookdale Park (Mon 29 Oct) for a display the weekend before the main cluster of events, with a funfair and fireworks starting at 7.30pm. Actual Guy Fawkes Night events can be enjoyed at Platt Fields Park (Mon 5 Nov), which is free and comes with the added bonus of food stalls, and a free display in Wythenshawe Park (Mon 5 Nov).
The biggest fireworks display in the city will once again take place at Heaton Park (Mon 5 Nov). The bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm, and there will be plenty of warm treats available to keep your energy up for the display and the funfair rides on site. Do be advised there will be bag checks on entry, so it might be best to keep your sparklers at home for the after party.
You are definitely not short for choice as to where you can go and remember, remember the fifth of November, as Salford welcomes the Prince's Park Bonfire and Fireworks (Fri 2 Nov), the City Airport Fireworks Spectacular (Sat 3 Nov), which features a performance by Manchester's own Steph Ball, and the Buile Hill Park Fireworks (Mon 5 Nov). The displays begin at 7.30pm, 7pm and 7.30pm, respectively, and all displays also feature bonfires and funfairs.
In the south-east, and further away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, Stockport is also seeing off the weekend with one display, Poynton Bonfire and Fireworks (Sat 3 Nov). While this is not a free display, the funds raised from ticket sales are to go towards good causes. To keep you entertained until the children's display at 7.30pm, which is followed by the main event at 8pm, there will be a live music stage, a bar and food stalls and the mandatory funfair.
Lastly, if the children in your family have had enough of the funfair rides you can find every year at Bonfire Night events, then the Family Firework Spectacular (Sun 4 Nov) might just blow them all away. Tickets are between £7--£32 (with children under three having all the fun for free), and they give you and your family access to a Super Hero-v-Princess show by Starkidz, an LED puppet show, live music from Joe Astley and, of course, the fireworks display at 7pm.
For more info on Guy Fawkes fireworks displays around the UK, see our Bonfire Night Guide.