The 27 best fireworks displays across Bucks and Oxon
Kaboom! See in bonfire night in style across Bucks & Oxon with our pick of the top family-friendly events.
If you don’t fancy DIY-ing it this year with your own pack of pyrotechnics and a few measly sparklers from the local supermarket, how about heading out to one of the brilliant local bonfire nights across Bucks and Oxon? They’re bigger, much better organised and no chance of the rockets falling over and shooting into the house (guilty!). Roll call, please!
The Astons, 9 Nov
The villages of Aston Tirrold & Upthorpe fireworks display packs a punch, including a separate kids display at 5.30pm before the main display. There’ll also be a bonfire, foodie stalls and bouncy castle. Entry is totally free but a donation will get you a pack or sparklers. Gates open at 5pm.
Lord Williams Lower School, Thame, 9 Nov
Once again St Josephs, John Hampden and Barley Hill primary schools are joining forces to light up Thames’ skies. Fireworks start pretty early at 6:30pm so loads of time to get home early and catch up on Strictly (just saying). Buy tickets from the schools, Wally’s Toyshop or the Town Hall.
Adult tickets from £5.50, chid tickets from £3
Abingdon Bonfire & Fireworks, 9 Nov
Abingdon’s offering this year is a traditional family bonfire night promising a huge bonfire (6pm) and pyrotechnic display by award-winning Illusion Fireworks Ltd (7.45pm) choreographed to ’90s anthems. There’ll be a smaller low-noise firework display for little ones from 6.45pm as well as a fun fair, entertainers, hot grub and a bar.
Adult tickets from £9, child from £4.50
North Abingdon, 9 Nov
Another Abingdon option is hosted at Long Furlong Community Centre in North Abingdon. This event is promising all the usual bonfire night antics – BBQ, food and fireworks – plus family entertainment. Gates open at 6pm with the display starting from 7.30pm. Free parking available at Tilsley Park.
Tickets from £4, family tickets £13
Hanborough Playing Fields, Long Hanborough, 8 Nov
Fancy a sing-along with your pyrotechnics? Hanborough’s fireworks, staring at 7.15pm, are synchronised to music. Expect a fairground, BBQ, toasted marshmallows, hot chocolate, mulled wine and more to accompany.
Adult tickets £4, child tickets £2
Long Crendon School, Long Crendon, 9 Nov
Star Fireworks, the company behind the Big Brother Live Final fireworks return to Long Crendon. There’ll be hot dogs, nachos, veggie options and fish and chips, a fully licensed bar (with mulled wine and local XT beer) plus toffee apples, hot chocolate, sweets, light-up toys for the kids. Gates open 4.45pm, fireworks from 6pm.
Tickets from £5.50
Danesfield House, Marlow-on-Thames, Tues 5 Nov
Fancy a five star setting with your fireworks? Danesfield House is hosting a charity fireworks night this year with music, face painting, hot food. Gates open at 5.30, with the fireworks kicking off at 7pm. Top tip: head to the terrace for the best views of the sky.
Adult tickets £25, child £10, family £65
Stone Meadow, Chalfont St. Giles, 9 Nov
Stone Meadow’s Magic in the Sky event has all the usual Guy Fawkes night antics, with the bonfire lit at 6.15pm and fireworks let off at 7pm. You can pick up an advance ticket from several venues in Chalfont St. Giles (The Olde Posthouse, The Post Office, Warners the Butchers and Yaldens), as well as Birring Fruit and Veg in Chalfont St. Peter and Cafe Koho in Little Chalfont.
Adult tickets from £8, child tickets from £4, family tickets from £20
Elangeni School, Amersham, 9 Nov
Hosted by several schools in the area, this one’s a family affair with hot food, fireworks, mulled wine and glow sticks. Gates open at 5pm, fireworks let off at 6pm.
Adult tickets from £6, child £5
Ashley Green Glebe, Ashley Green, 5 Nov
This event is one of the only on actual Guy Fawkes, but don’t worry, the fireworks are early at 7pm so plenty of time to get home early- well, it is a school night! A family friendly event, there’ll be mulled wine for the grown ups, sparklers for the kids and sausage rolls for all.
Single tickets £5, family tickets £20
Foxes Piece School, Marlow, 5 Nov
One of the only firework nights to be held bang on the 5th, you’ll get a firework display from award-winning, local Sonning Fireworks Ltd, plus fairground rides, a bar, hot food and, rounding off the night, Dave the Disco. Gates open from 6pm, the bonfire goes up in flames at 6.30pm and fireworks start at 7.15pm.
Adult tickets £6, child tickets £3
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 1 Nov
If you enjoy Blenheim’s annual Christmas offering then this is a dead cert as the same team are organising the event. There are fairground rides, fire sculptures, fireworks set to music from Star Wars and a brand new laser and light show with the stunning backdrop of the Palace’s Great Courtyard. Star Wars dress up is optional (I’ll give that one a miss). The lasers kick off at 6pm and the fireworks are lit at 7.15pm.
Adult tickets £13.50, child tickets £8.75, discount for Annual Pass holders
South Park, Oxford, 2 Nov
Fireworks, funfair, bonfire, burgers; Oxford’s Round Table has all the bases covered for its 52nd celebration this year. Live music and local talent on JACKfm’s soundstage from 5pm and the rockets (by award-winning Illusion Fireworks, no less) from 6.45, followed by the lighting of the bonfire. If you buy a super family ticket (introduced last year) you can watch from the enclosure – proper posh!
Single tickets from £7.50, family tickets from £18
Dorchester, 2 Nov
The pretty village’s Recreation Ground hosts it’s annual family-friendly affair with games for the kids and a full bar for the grown ups. There’ll also be a BBQ with local produce and professional display. New for 2019, the event is ditching glow sticks and single-use plastic *round of applause*. Gates open at 5:30pm.
Entry by donation.
Wallingford, 2 Nov
No ticket needed for this year’s annual bonfire night celebrations on the Kinecroft. Wallingford-based award-winning Illusion Fireworks are supplying the rockets with a special display timed to music, plus your usual hotdog and mulled wine stalls and Loose Cannon tents selling the golden nectar. Festivities from 6pm – 9pm.
Phyllis Court, Henley, 3 Nov
Firework night but a little bit posh (we are in Henley, dahling!) with a smart/casual dress code, plus it’s one for the foodies with gourmet hotdogs and burgers, falafel shack with all the trimmings and toffee apple sundae with ginger nut crunch on offer. Gates open at 5pm.
Adult tickets from £12.50, child tickets from £6.50
Didcot FC, 1 Nov
Following on from the mega display last year, Didcot is stripping back celebrations this year and offering a traditional family-friendly bonfire night and funfair with a pinch of nostalgia. Gates open early at 4pm, with the fireworks starting at 6pm.
Barracks Lane Community Garden, Cowley, 2 Nov
Have younger children who don’t like loud noises? Barracks Lane’s Festival of Fire is for families with littlies with a bonfire and craft activities such as mask making, dance, vegetable printing and breadstick making. Food wise there’ll be pumpkin soup and jacket potatoes. Activities kick off at noon and finish early at 6.30pm.
Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, 3 Nov
The best things in life are free… meaning more cash for the bar! Campbell Park’s display, the biggest in the Milton Keynes area, has been going for over 40 years. The plateau area will have the best view when the fireworks start at 8pm.
Stoke Park, Stoke Poges, 3 Nov
This impressive five star hotel with a relaxed, family-friendly vibe starts festivities at 5pm with a BBQ kicking off at 5.30pm and fireworks from 7pm. There’ll also be entertainment. Kaboom! To book contact Grace Wood on 01753 717168 or email GWood@stokepark.com.
Members £40 Guest £45, Children (12 and under) £20, Under 2s Free
St Mary’s School, Haddenham, 26 Oct
The PTA fireworks event is taking place a week earlier than most displays so you can easily go to two this season. St Mary’s are laying on a disco, entertainment (including free games), BBQ, bar and glow-merchandise as well as some stonking fireworks. 5pm – 7pm.
Tickets £7.50 Adult, £3.50 Child (under 16), Under 3’s FREE.
Beaconsfield Rugby Club, Beaconsfield, 2 Nov
Beaconsfield’s Round Table is set to go off with a bang this year with its biggest display to date, from national firework champions Sirotechnics. Gates open at 5pm and the fireworks begin at 7pm. Plus new for 2019 there’ll be a full live band, Full Frequency as well as the usual hot food, DJs and full bar.
Single tickets £8, family tickets £25
Beaconsfield Cricket Club, Beaconsfield, 2 Nov
Another Beaconsfield option, the cricket club is hosting its annual musical firework display and bonfire. The Wycombe Swan’s Dick Whittington will be appearing (teens will be excited to know it stars Love Island‘s Curtis Pritchard) and there’s a quieter and shorter kiddies display at 5pm, followed at 7pm by the main event.
Adult tickets from £7, under 5s go free, family ticket £25
Quainton village green, Quainton, 2 Nov
Quainton Parish Council hosts it’s annual display – details TBC but last year there was your usual mulled wine and drinks tent, with fireworks let off by the windmill.
Great Missenden School, Great Missenden, 2 Nov
Take me to the hog roast! Great Missenden School is offering a piggy spit this year, plus bonfire, BBQ, bar and fairground from 5pm. We’re in G Miss here so you know everything will be done in the best possible taste.
Adult tickets £7, child tickets £5, family tickets £19
Marlow Sports Club, Marlow, 2 Nov
Marlow’s annual spectacular looks like it will deliver the goods this year with fine wines, IPA from local Marlow Brewery, a BBQ and mini village with food stalls, glow products and more. If you’ve still got a leg to stand on after the vino, fireworks begin at 7.15pm.
Adult tickets £8, child tickets £4
Burford School, Marlow Bottom, 2 Nov
The very popular and often sold-out Marlow Bottom Fireworks Extravaganza includes side shows, a bar, food, music and, of course, the amazing sky spectacular. Gates open at 5.30pm, with the fireworks kicking off from 7pm.
Adults and children 13+ £6, 4 – 12 year olds £5, family ticket £20
Bourton Park, Buckingham, 2 Nov
Hosted by the Town Council, this free event offers a large bonfire hot food, drink, fireworks and historic reenactment if that’s what you’re in to (no judging!).
Tring Park Cricket Club, Tring, Herts, 2 Nov
Just over the border (hey, it’s allowed!) Tring Park Cricket Club hosts its annual Festival of Fire with local music acts, foodie trucks, drinks stall and bonfire. It’s all kicking off a little later than last year with gates opening at 7.15pm. You can conveniently park in Tring School for £3.
Adult tickets from £8, family tickets £18