Where to see bonfire night fireworks displays near Nottingham and Derby 2018
- Alex Johnston
- 24 October 2018
What time are Guy Fawkes firework displays in the town centres, Widmerpool, Mickleover and Alton Towers
If you're in the Nottingham or Derby regions in and around this Bonfire Night, you have plenty of options when it comes to firework displays. As with the rest of the country, most of the action takes place on Sat 3 Nov rather than Guy Fawkes Night itself, the following evening, because it gives you more chance to sample hot food, visit the bar and dance the night away without the pressure of it being a school night.
The fun gets going on Fri 2 Nov, with the Mickleover Sports Fireworks Extravaganza on Station Road; gates open at 5pm and there's a fairground for the kids, and an earlier display for younger ones at 6.15pm in advance of the main event at 8pm. In Widmerpool the same evening, Keyworth Rugby Club is hosting its own firework display at 6.30pm, with hot food and drinks, a full bar and free parking.
On Sat 3 Nov, you're spoiled for choice. In Nottingham, there's the Robin Hood Festival of Fireworks at Nottingham Moderns RC (gates open 5pm). There's a hog roast, live music from local band Homesick, a real ale tent and a kids' display at 6.30pm before the main display at 8.30pm. Bonfire lighting is at 7.30pm and there are plenty of other food and drink stalls for those that don't fancy hog. At Colwick Racecourse, the My Sight Nottinghamshire Annual Firework Display (7pm, Sat 4 Nov) has live music, food and drink (more hog roast!) and, for the truly intrepid, a chance to do a firewalk (separate booking required.) It's all in aid of My Sight Nottinghamshire, which helps support blind and visually impaired people in the county. Derby has its annual Bonfire and Fireworks (5pm, main display at 7pm, Sat 3 Nov), promoted by Derbyshire Country Cricket Club and Pattonair, featuring music from Capital FM. There's a funfair, plenty to eat and drink, and it's on a big scale: in 2016 over 10,000 people showed up, so advance booking might be a good idea.
If you fancy something a little more intimate, various scout groups are having firework displays. The 3rd Woodthorpe Scouts group has its display at Pepperpots Scouts Ground on Mapperley Plains Road (6.30pm, Sat 3 Nov), with traditional food and glowsticks available; this is a no-alcohol event. 4th Carlton Scouts has a display and bonfire (7pm, Sat 4 Nov) at Standhill Skateboard Park in King George V Playing Fields.
Alton Towers closes its 2018 season with its annual fireworks display over two nights on Sat 3 and Sun 4 Nov at 7pm, giving you a chance to try the rides until 9pm.
On Sun 4 Nov Mansfield Town FC has a fireworks display with a funfair and stalls at its own stadium on Field Mill Quarry Lane (from 5pm), while Nottingham Council's free fireworks display takes place at Forest Recreation Ground; there's a bonfire and fairground rides, but no parking near the site (7pm, Mon 5 Nov; public transport is highly recommended.)