21 firework displays you shouldn’t miss in 2019

Christchurch Park Fireworks 2018, Ipswich.
Nov 2018.
Byline: Rachel Edge

Christchurch Park Fireworks 2018, Ipswich. Nov 2018. Byline: Rachel Edge - Credit: Archant

Wrap up warm and look to the skies for some of the most sparkling bonfire night events in the east.

Christchurch Park Fireworks 2018, Ipswich.
Nov 2018.
Byline: Rachel Edge

Christchurch Park Fireworks 2018, Ipswich. Nov 2018. Byline: Rachel Edge - Credit: Archant

As the leaves are falling off the trees, the nights are drawing in and everyone's digging out their favourite hat and scarf set, it can only mean one thing: Guy Fawkes Night is almost here. There are a number of different events around Suffolk and north Essex that invite you to ogle at their firework displays and warm up by their bonfires - so we rounded up a selection of our favourites.

Sproughton Bonfire, Fireworks and BBQ

Friday, November 1, from 7pm

Big Night Out bonfire and fireworks night in Long Melford. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Big Night Out bonfire and fireworks night in Long Melford. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Sproughton Millennium Green, Lower Street, Sproughton

Head down to Sproughton to enjoy a bonfire and firework extravaganza, which takes place every year - rain or shine. There will also be a delicious BBQ on offer, so make sure you visit on an empty stomach.

Bonfire Night at the Sorrel Horse, Shottisham

A special ariel view of the Heveningham Hall fireworks. Picture: ALEXANDER PARNELL

A special ariel view of the Heveningham Hall fireworks. Picture: ALEXANDER PARNELL - Credit: Archant

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Friday, November 1, from 6pm

The Sorrel Horse, Shottisham, The Street, Shottisham

Featuring a night filled with live music, a BBQ, pizza, an outside bar and of course a bonfire and firework display, The Sorrel Horse is a guaranteed family favourite. This event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Heveningham Hall Fireworks: Picture: ALEXANDER PARNELL

Heveningham Hall Fireworks: Picture: ALEXANDER PARNELL - Credit: Archant

Christchurch Park Fireworks

Saturday, November 2, from 6pm

Christchurch Park, 33 Bolton Ln, Ipswich

As one of Suffolk's flagship firework events, Christchurch Park always puts on an amazing show, and this year, it features a James Bond theme. There's plenty to keep all ages busy, from novelty light-up toys for kids, thrill rides for teens and warming drinks for adults - not to mention the fireworks, of course.

The Belstead Arms

Friday, November 8, from 8pm

The Belstead Arms, Radcliffe Dr, Ipswich

You'll find spinning lights, face painting and fantastic live music, as well as magnificent fireworks and a roaring bonfire. It's also free entry and families are welcome.

Ipswich YM Fireworks

Saturday, November 9, from 8pm

Ipswich YM Rugby Club, The Street, Rushmere Saint Andrew, Ipswich

The Ipswich YM Fireworks include a beer festival, gin and a processo bar, as well as indoor laser tag, a BBQ and more! The venue is easy to get to, and will definitely deliver a night to remember.

Museum of East Anglian Life

Saturday, November 2, from 6pm

Iliffe Way, Stowmarket

Enjoy food and refreshments while gazing up at the glorious fireworks display and huddling around a roaring bonfire. This annual event is family-friendly, and will ensure your night goes off with a bang.

Chelmer Valley School Fireworks

Friday, November 8, from 6:30pm

Court Rd, Broomfield, Chelmsford

Chelmer Valley High School throws a fantastic display, year after year. Welcoming all ages, the night will showcase big bangs, as well as rides, amusements and a licensed bar.

The Big Night Out

Friday, November 8, from 6:00pm

Long Melford Hall Park, Long Melford, Sudbury

Not only does Long Melford hold one of Suffolk's biggest and best firework and bonfire displays, but you can also help to make the bonfires a few weeks before, too. This year's event has a 'space' theme, so it's guaranteed to be out of this world!

Felixstowe Firework Spectacular 2019

Sunday, November 3, from 4:30pm

Felixstowe and Walton United Football Club, 4A Dellwood Ave

Back for the 12th year running, the Felixstowe Firework Spectacular promises to be bigger and better than ever before, and will include a Greatest Show finale. Last year the event saw over 5,000 people.

Stonham Barns Fireworks and Halloween Spectacular

Friday, October 25, from 5pm

Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Nr Stowmarket

Showcasing fireworks supplied by the award-winning Komodo Fireworks, dodgems and delicious food, Stonham Barns throws a must-attend firework event each year. Donations from each ticket will go to St Elizabeth Hospice.

Heveningham Hall Fireworks

Saturday, November 2, from 4:30pm

Heveningham Hall Estates Ltd, Heveningham, Halesworth

Welcoming the Brit-nominated band The Feeling on stage to perform live music, Heveningham Hall will be hosting a firework night to remember. The display will be organised by Full Effect Fireworks and will start between 7-8pm - depending on general traffic.

Colchester Castle Park Fireworks

Tuesday, November 5, from 6pm

High St, Colchester CO1 1UG

Colchester is hosting another epic firework display at Castle Park, on Guy Fawkes Night. Tickets cannot be purchased on the gate and are limited to 8,000, so buying in advance is advised.

Stratford St Mary Community Fireworks

Saturday, November 2, from 6pm

Stratford St Mary Primary School, Suffolk

Each year a group of volunteers gives their time and talent to organise a firework event for the whole community to enjoy. It is a not-for-profit evening, and surplus revenue is donated to local causes.

The Lindsey Rose

Saturday, November 2, from 6pm

The Red Rose Inn, Lindsey Tye, The St, Ipswich

Live music from Spiral Scratch will be playing to get you in the spirit for the fireworks, which will start at 7pm. This event boasts free entry, but kindly asks for donations to the East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity.

BROOMGROVE! at Wivenhoe

Friday, November 8, from 5:30pm

Broome Grove, Wivenhoe, Colchester

Watch the sky light up at Broomgrove's firework display, which will be hosted by Dynamics Fireworks. You'll also find yummy campfire-style s'mores, glow-toys and freshly-prepared, locally-sourced food.

Elmstead's Big Bang Fireworks Festival

Sunday, November 3, from 4:30pm

Elmstead Primary School, Colchester

This year's EPSA's will go off with a bang, and plans to be bigger and better than previous years. Enjoy live music and fantastic food at this fun, family-friendly firework display.

Rowhedge Firework Display

Sunday, November 3, from 4pm

Recreation Ground, Rectory Road, Colchester

Back for the third year running, Rowhedge Firework Display delivers a beautiful show while being great value for money. The fireworks will kick off at 6pm, so there's no need to worry about getting the kids home too late.

Clacton Pier Free Mini Childrens Fireworks Display

Saturday, November 2, from 7pm

1 North Sea, Clacton Pier, Clacton on Sea Essex

Aimed at a young audience, this display takes place to ensure children of all ages can enjoy firework night - without staying up too late. There will be a variety of different activities on offer, as well as a great view from the pier.

Grundisburgh Fireworks

Saturday, November 2, from 4:30pm

Grundisburgh Playing Field, Woodbridge

Hosted by 1st Grundisburgh Scout Group, you'll find hot dogs, sweets and hot drinks for sale to help raise money for two group members to attend the 2020 European Jamboree. This family-friendly display will begin at 6pm.

Greshams Ipswich

Sunday, November 3 , from noon

Greshams Ipswich, 308 Tuddenham Road, Ipswich

Chico is this year's special guest at Greshams' firework display, meaning there will be lots of fun, laughter and entertainment the whole family can enjoy. While you wait for the display to begin, browse the stalls to sample the delicious food on offer.

Bootastic Peninsular Firework Display

Sunday, November 3, from 5pm

Freston Boot, Freston Street, IP9 1AB Freston, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Head on down to the Freston Boot to enjoy a hog roast, fairground attractions, face painting, a pop up pub, as well as a fantastic firework display. If you fancy eating in the pub beforehand, bookings are recommended.

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