Guy Fawkes Night: Bonfires and Fireworks

If you never heard about Guy Fawkes before you came to Edinburgh, don’t worry. You can still go out and enjoy the fireworks display that will illuminate the city on Thursday November 5th.This year’s only official fireworks display in Edinburgh will be held at Meadow Bank Stadium from 6:30 pm, with tickets starting at £6.50. While the theme is superheroes, the organisers decided to make it even more fun this time, and are encouraging you to go dressed as your favourite movie character, in line with the theme.

The best costumes will be selected, and the overall winner will have the chance to start the firework display, so don’t rush to put your Halloween costume away. Celebrations will include fire dancers, the burning of effigies on a bonfire, and delicious food.

If you are looking for something quieter, Portobello Promenade offers the chance to create your own bonfire by the beach, a safe place to set off fireworks and the opportunity to stay as long as you want. If you cannot make it on Thursday, head to South Queensferry on Saturday, where Hopetoun House will offer an amazingly choreographed fireworks show from 6:30 pm. Although tickets are a bit more expensive (£13), it is definitely worth it. Doors open at 4pm and there’s live entertainment throughout the afternoon, not to mention a huge bonfire to keep everyone warm.

Feeling a bit more energetic? Dress in warm clothes and comfy shoes, get your flashlight and blanket out, and climb Arthur’s Seat, where the Meadowbank fireworks can be seen in a romantic atmosphere or while enjoying a nice picnic dinner. Make sure you go early because it will be full, and you don’t want to miss them.


Remember that fireworks are dangerous so don’t try to start them yourself; attend organised events and have a safe night!

Featured image: jeff_golden @ Flickr

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