Who can believe it’s that time of year again? With summer a distant memory, halloween done and dusted, and the sight of daylight a rarity- there’s only two things left to do: 1. Try and comprehend Christmas, and 2. Get ready for the bonfire.

Join your local community this weekend and watch the Manchester & Salford skies illuminate this bonfire night at one of these free events near you.

Saturday 4th November

Central Manchester- Albert Square

From 7:30pm on Saturday 4th November Manchester will open the festive season with a bang during the christmas lights switch on outside Manchester Town Hall. There’s no bonfire at this one, as you’d imagine, but it’s free to attend with some performances scheduled to take place too.

Levenshulme- Cringle Park

From 7:30pm on Saturday 4th November, Cringle Park will be keeping the locals toastie at its annual free firework display. There’s no bonfire at this event, but you can expect plenty of fireworks to make up for it.

Crumpsall- Crumpsall Park

This years firework display at Crumpsall Park will commence from 5pm with a funfair open for the ultimate thrill. Fireworks spark from 7:30pm, and joining the fun is completely free.

Sunday 5th November

Higher Blackley – Heaton Park

Heaton Park is known for holding Manchester’s biggest bonfire, and this year, they’re at it again. Gates open from 5pm where visitors can visit the funfair while waiting for the bonfire which will be lit at 7:30pm, followed by fireworks.

Fallowfield – Platt Fields

The Platt Fields annual bonfire is about to go off with what will quite literally be a bang this year. Join the fun from 5pm, with fireworks from 7:30pm and the bonfire will be lit shortly after.

Wythenshawe – Wythenshawe Park

Wythenshawe Park fireworks display kicks off at 7.30pm, followed by the lighting of the bonfire shortly after. Entry to Wythenshawe park firework display is free and there will be be a funfair from 5pm to 9.30pm.

Irlam – The Prince’s Park

The Prince’s Park bonfire will begin from 6pm, starting with a fun fair, followed by the lighting of the bonfire at 7pm and then fireworks from 7:30. Entry to the Princes Park bonfire event is free.

Eccles – Buile Hill Park

Watch the sky shimmer at Bullie Hill Park in Eccles this bonfire night with a small child-friendly firework display, funfar and bonfire. The fun starts from 6pm, the bonfire will be lit from 7pm and fireworks from 7:30pm. The event’s free to attend, although organisers ask you not to bring any alcohol or personal fireworks.

Are You Ready for Some Jolly Old Organised Fun?

Bonfire night is one of my favourite annual celebrations, and I can’t wait to get my sparklers out to some good old organised fun. If you’re heading out this bonfire night, be sure to stay safe and remain vigilant, but most of all; have fun Manchester!