Stacey McMaster

Top 10 places to go on Bonfire Night in the North East

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Remember, remember the fifth of November and here at Northern Lights we certainly have. However with so much on offer in the North East it can be very hard to decide just where to go. We’ve got our heads together and came up with the top ten places to go on this special night.

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Tynemouth Fireworks and Bonfire. At Tynemouth Cricket Club they are letting rip this year with all sorts of acts as well as fireworks and the traditional Bonfire. You can see fire breathers, stilt walkers, live music, food traders, a bar, fairground rides at a very reasonable price; £5 adults, £2 per child from 5pm onwards on 5 Saturday.

  • Sunderland Illuminations.  To finish off the end of the illuminations this year the city of Sunderland will be hosting a free fireworks display starting at 9.30pm on Bonfire Night. With scenic views by the open sea it is sure to be a blast.
  • Exhale Newcastle Age of Love Rave. Downstairs at World HQ Club from 11pm-4am with last entry at 2.00am is sure to be an amazing night. You’ll need to get tickets sorted quickly though as it is always a sold out show. Expect some fantastic fireworks but minimum age is 18 for entry.
    1. Sele Park, Hexham. Hexham Round Table is hosting their annual charity Bonfire & Fireworks. A bonfire and huge firework display providing The Sunshine Panners of Haydon Bridge and ‘A Batida de Rua’ samba drummers will be playing in the Park before and after the fireworks. The bonfire starts at around 6:30pm with the fireworks at 7pm.
    2. Riverside Fireworks, Chester-le-Street. Choreographed to music this superhero themed display is perfect for all the family. There’s a fun fair, food and live music. A there is limited space it must be booked in advance however via their website, Also there is a fancy dress competition to get you in the mood.
    3. Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend. Stepping back in time with the museum to the bonfire night of our childhoods. The firework display will be staring from 6.30pm but entry is free from 4pm. It is advisable if travelling there by car to get an alternative place to park in advance as there will be no spaces available in the grounds.
    4. Green Lane School, Barnard Castle. On the 7 November a Harry Potter themed bonfire will be lit at 6.15pm for all aspiring witches and wizards. The fireworks display will held at 7pm but earlier in the evening A Twinkle show will be available for children at 6pm. With hot food and drink, a fully stocked bar and glow sticks available it is sure to make a memorable night.
    5. Stockton Riverside. Sci-fi themed with classic movie soundtracks accompany this waterside display. The event is free and starts from 6pm. A fun fair with great rides is available with food and refreshment stalls making it a great outing for everyone.
    6. Ocean Beach Pleasure Park. On the South Shields coastline two displays will be available on 6 November. A ten minute display at 6.30pm followed by the main event at 8pm. Arcades and views along the promenade is sure to make it a night to remember. There’s also plenty of local food to go for those who get a bit peckish.
    7. Beamish Hall Bonfire night. On 4 November at 7.30pm the skies above Beamish will be lit a spectacular display of colour. Live music from the Skatoons and BBQ with a hog roast is sure to get everyone involved. Spaces are limited in the car parking so pre-booking is a must to get in.