Top Firework Events in Kent

‘Remember, remember the 5th of November.’

For many of us, the above saying is synonymous with an annual celebration that goes off with a bang. The 5th November is Guy Fawkes Night, also referred to as Bonfire Night, in the United Kingdom. It is an annual commemorative event marking the failed attempt to blow up the House of Lords on the 5th November 1605. The 1605 Gunpowder Plot was crafted by a group of conspirators, led by Robert Catesby, who were angered by King James I’s refusal to expand religious tolerance towards Catholics. 

The plan was to destroy the Houses of Parliament during a state event with explosives. The primary goal was to kill the King and members of parliament. The conspirators were betrayed and the plan was foiled before it could unleash devastating consequences. All involved were either killed whilst trying to evade capture or convicted then executed according to the law.

Following the failed attack, the Members of Parliament decided to make the 5th November a commemorative day of thanksgiving. 

Guy Fawkes Day, as we all know, is still celebrated and commemorated today. However, the celebrations have altered over the years with some displays less traditional than others. Historically, figures depicting Guy Fawkes, made of materials such as straw, were throw onto bonfires. There was also significant lead-up to the event with children carrying Guy Fawkes’ models around their local area, asking people for a ‘penny for the guy’. This tradition is still observed, although the figures thrown onto the bonfire tend to vary. Traditionally, we observe dazzling firework displays whilst enjoying hot food and drink. 

Top Firework Events in Kent 2022 

Great Lines Heritage Park, Gillingham

Every year, Great Lines firework displays never fail to disappoint. The terrific firework displays held at Great Lines are well-known around the Medway towns with hundreds flocking to behold the dazzling light show each year. The Great Lines Heritage Park are hosting their firework and laser display on Saturday 5th November from 7pm. The display will reportedly showcase dazzling firework and laser displays which have been choreographed to movie soundtracks. Tickets for the event are free.

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

Every year, Leeds Castle host a bewitching and captivating firework bonanza. It is a highly esteemed event and is one of the biggest firework events Kent has to offer. It will be held this year on Saturday 5th November and Sunday 6th November. The theme for 2022's celebration is royalty; be mesmerised by royalty themed fireworks show which will light up the sky with a complementing full production of music, projections and lasers to really bring the Castle to life.

Hadlow Manor, Tonbridge

This year the event will be taking place on the 30th October with admissions open from 5pm. There will be a variety of food options available with admission prices ranging from £7 to £12. Pre-booking is essential. 

Danson Park Fireworks, Bexleyheath

The Welling Round Table are proud to another fantastic firework display. Held in the beautiful Danson Park, you can expect to be wowed by a 25 minute display of beautiful fireworks. In addition to the display, you can enjoy a children’s fun fair, stalls and food. The gates open at 6pm with the display commencing at 8pm. All profits from the event are given to local charities via the Welling Round Table's charitable trust.

Bonfire Children's Party, Reuthe’s – The Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks

If your children do not enjoy loud noises and are more comfortable celebrating Bonfire Night more quietly, then this event is for you! Held on the Saturday 5th November, you can visit Reuthe’s to celebrate Guy Fawkes night. With a resident DJ playing the best party songs to get your children dancing there will be the lighting of the bonfire, alpaca meet and plenty of fun and games. There will even be a licensed bar for grown ups too! A fantastic night out which can be enjoyed by all. 

Kent Life

Be amazed at the annual Kent Life firework display! With a bonfire, children’s activities, fairground rides and access to all the usual farmyard fun before the fireworks begin, it’s set to be an unforgettable evening. Kent Life opens at 3pm with the fireworks starting at 6pm. Tickets must be pre-booked online.

Brands Hatch

This event is set to be a blast! Brands Hatch will end another busy season of major events when the Truck Racing and Fireworks spectacular returns on Bonfire Night weekend in 2022. Sparks will fly with headline races from the British Truck Racing Championship, in addition to one of the South East’s best fireworks displays.

The fireworks display will be held on the Sunday only, and will be accompanied by a twilight convoy of show trucks in a spectacle unique to Brands Hatch. Tickets to the firework spectacular need to be pre-booked.

The Spitfire, Canterbury

Kent Cricket will be holding its annual Fireworks Night on bonfire night this year, with the event being sponsored by Cygnet Hospital in Maidstone. Not only can you expect a fantastic fireworks display with a backdrop of one of England’s most loved cricket grounds, there will also be a fun fair and Radio DJ hosts. Live music from “FNKHAUS” will get the party started with dance anthems and floor fillers in the lead up to the fireworks display which starts at 19:15. 

Prices start from £4 for a junior ticket and £8 for an adult ticket.

Whatever you are doing this Bonfire Night weekend, stay safe and have plenty of fun. 

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