Where to see bonfire night firework displays in Leicester, Loughborough and Melton Mowbray 2017
- Rowena McIntosh
- 20 October 2017
What time are Guy Fawkes fireworks at Mallory Park, Abbey Park, Quorn and Woodhouse Station, Loughborough Students' Union, Play Close and Twinlakes Park
Remember, remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder treason and plot. This year the fifth of November is a Sunday, so there are lots of displays taking place in the days leading up to the official Bonfire Night.
In Leicester, on Fri 3 Nov boogie on down to Mallory Park for the ultimate disco inferno at the Annual Fireworks Extravaganza. This year the fireworks display is set to a disco-themed musical arrangement. There's also live music, a fun fair, a licensed bar and food stalls to keep you busy until the sky lights up. Gates open at 5pm. On Sat 4 Nov Abbey Park Bonfire and Firework Display features an on-stage show with radio breakfast presenters from Gem 106, a childrens' firework display, a Flame Oz fire show, a fun fair and stalls. Gates open at 5pm, the children's fireworks are at 6.45pm and the last admission is at 7.30pm so don't be late. Main display starts at 8pm.
Also on Sat 4 Nov is the Rainbows Festival of Fireworks at Leicester Racecourse. This annual family-friendly bonfire night offers a funfair, stalls and hot food. Gates open at 5.30pm with the childrens' fireworks display at 7pm. The bonfire is lit at 7.30pm and the main display takes place at 8pm. But you can only come if you promise to do your best, Rainbow style.
In Loughborough you can combine a night of fireworks with a train ride. Bonfire Night at Quorn and Woodhouse Station on Fri 3 Nov encourages you travel heritage style from Loughborough, Rothley or Leicester North stations to enjoy a bonfire, fireworks and a variety of catering stalls. Gates open at 6.15pm and the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm. On Sat 4 Nov in the city centre the Loughborough Students' Union is transformed into a fairground, with rides, food stalls and dodgems for the annual Rag Fireworks Extravaganza. The childrens' firework display takes place at 7pm, followed by the main display and light show against the prestigious Hazlerigg Building at 8pm. If fireworks put you in a dancing mood head to Wicked Hathern Fireworks & Bonfire at Dishley Grange Farm (Sat 4 Nov), where after the display there is live music from Sixth Wave and Matt Humphries and a disco in the 240ft marquee. For little ones who like the lights but aren't so keen on the noise they are putting on a silent fireworks early in the evening. Gates open at 6pm.
Over in Melton Mowbray things kick off early on Tue 31 Oct with a Halloween Bonfire & Fireworks at Play Close. Take part in the fancy dress competition, enjoy themed-food including bat burgers and hot mulled blood wine, and watch a frighteningly good fireworks display at 7.30pm. If you fancy making an afternoon of it head east to Twinlakes Park on Sat 4 Nov to enjoy rides, attractions and the farm park before enjoying two Rock'n'Roll Fireworks displays. The tiny toddlers display takes place at 6.30pm, followed by the main display at 7pm. Pre-booking is essential.