Best Places To Go To Watch The Fireworks in Greater Manchester

November 5th: the day of the year when Britons set off fireworks and eat apples drenched in toffee.

To commemorate the failed November 1605 gunpowder plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I, the sky across Greater Manchester will come alive with fireworks on the evenings around November 5th.

To make sure that your Bonfire Night goes off with a bang, we’re going to run down the best places to go to watch the fireworks in Greater Manchester, along with how to get to them fuss-free by bus using your System One Travelcard. That way, parking need not be a hassle. This Bonfire Night is all set to be the best one yet.

Diaries at the ready…

Wednesday 1st November

Cringle Park Levenshulme

Prepare to be dazzled by the stunning firework display at Cringle Park on November 1st. Don your cosiest gloves, hat and scarf and wrap up warm to watch the fireworks, which are set to start at 7.30pm. No doubt the kids will also be over the moon with the funfair at Cringle Park on November 1st, which runs from 5pm to 9.30pm. The whole family will be happy… for once!

You can get to Cringle Park on the #192 bus from Manchester City Centre, amongst others, and take the whole family using a System One 1 day AnyBus Group travelcard.

Friday 3rd November


Leverhulme Park Bolton


Witness Bolton’s favourite fireworks display on November 3rd at Leverhulme Park. It will feature a funfair for the whole family to enjoy, along with music from Tower FM to really get the party going. All your favourite Bonfire Night treats will be available, including black peas, toffee apples and candy floss. Details will be confirmed nearer to the time, so keep an eye out if you’re planning on celebrating Bonfire Night at Leverhulme Park.


Entry is free and the #471 bus from Bolton town centre stops at the park.


Saturday 4th November


Cale Green Stockport


The gates to Stockport Cricket Club’s annual Bonfire Night bonanza open at 6pm before the bonfire is lit at 7pm. And the pièce de résistance, the fireworks display, starts at 8pm, with fairground rides aplenty, as well as food and drinks available from the bar throughout the evening. There’ll be no shortage of entertainment that’s for sure!

There’s an entry fee of £6 for adults and £2 for children. Get to Cale Green on the #192 bus for an evening of cosy, bonfire fun.


Sunday 5th November


Heaton Park


Stay toasty warm by the bonfire of one of Manchester’s biggest Bonfire Night events at Heaton Park. Gates open at 5pm for you to enjoy funfair rides before the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm. You’ll then be captivated by the incredible firework display; it’ll be one to remember.

Heaton Park is easily accessible by a number of bus routes, including the #135 bus, and entry is free. But you may want to bring along some pennies for the rides and for a toffee apple or two!

Buile Hill Salford


Also on 5th November is the bonfire at Buile Hill in Salford. From 6pm you can enjoy a funfair and tasty food and drink options. The bonfire is lit at 7pm and the fireworks are set off at 7.30pm. With a buzzing atmosphere and spectacular displays, you’re guaranteed a brilliant Bonfire Night at Buile Hill.

Little Sparks In The Park is an additional, dazzling 10 minute firework display just for families with young children under 7 to enjoy. It’s free to attend and it starts at 5.30pm. Just remember to wrap the little ones up warm!

You can reach Buile Hill on the #100 or #70 bus, amongst others, with your System One Travelcard.

A Few Useful Things To Know…


 - Leave plenty of time. There will be heightened security at many of the events this year, so there may be searches at the entrances. Arrive a little earlier to avoid some queues.


 - If possible, leave your bags at home to speed up entry.


 - Save your personal fireworks (including sparklers) for when you get home. They’re banned at most events, but you can check with organisers beforehand.


 - Sort out your travel in advance. We’ve got this one covered! Pick up your System One Travelcard here for fuss-free travel. Many of the events have limited parking, so public transport is the way to go!


Remember, remember to take the bus this 5th of November. We’ve suggested some bus routes you can take to reach these destinations, but for details of all relevant transport, use our handy journey planner.

Have a brilliant Bonfire Night!

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