Bonfire Night in Blackpool 2019: all of the firework displays and Guy Fawkes events

From the large-scale fireworks displays to smaller community events, here’s a comprehensive guide to what’s on in the Fylde Coast around Bonfire Night this year.

Wednesday, 16th October 2019, 5:48 pm
A roundup of the bonfire night celebrations in and around Blackpool.

Family Bonfire & Fireworks Night- Blackpool Cricket Club

Tuesday 5 November 2019 - 5pm-10pm

Food outlets also serving hot and cold drinks

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Sparklers are not allowed at some events.

Entry admission on gate.

Entrance is £5 per person

Children under fives go free.

Families - two adults and three children are £15.00

Blackpool Cricket Club, Barlow Crescent , West Park Drive, Blackpool, FY3 9EQ

Lytham Round Table Fireworks Display

Tuesday 5 November 2019 - 5:30pm

Fireworks due to start at 7:30pm

No dogs or sparklers allowed

Discounted advance tickets can be purchased from; Fylde Rugby Club, Kelly’s Convenience Store in Ansdell.

Fylde Rugby Football Club, Blackpool Road, Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, FY8 4EL

Cottam Hall Bonfire and Fireworks Night

Tuesday 5 November 2019 - 6pm

Poulton Rotary Club will be holding their 32nd Annual Charity Bonfire and Fireworks Display Cottam Hall Fields

Price: adults £5 / children £3 / family £15

Cottam Hall Playing Fields, Blackpool Old Road, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, FY6 7RN

Fireworks at Fleetwood Town

Sunday 3 November 2019 - Gates open at 6.30pm

There will be fireworks, pop-up bars, a mascot race, competitions, face painting, magician Jason Rea, and the whole event will be compèred by Fleetwood Town’s Wayne Bibby.

Price: Tickets for the Parkside Stand are £4 for adults, and £2 for under 16s.

Tickets on sale from the club shop and ticket office.

Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX

Firework Extravaganza at Marine Hall

Tuesday 5 November 2019 - 5.30pm - 9pm

Fireworks start at 7.30pm

Price: Free

Marine Hall, The Esplanade, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6HF

A History of Bonfire Night

“Remember remember the fifth of November.” But just why do we venture out into the cold to stand around a bonfire and set off fireworks every year?

Of course, it’s all to do with Guy Fawkes who, on November 5, 1605, was arrested while guarding the explosives he and a team of accomplices had placed beneath the House of Lords.

The Gunpowder Plot was intended as a murderous prologue to a Midlands revolt designed to disrupt a ceremony in which King James I’s nine-year-old daughter was to be installed as the Catholic head of state.

But it failed when authorities were tipped off by an anonymous letter.

In its early days, Bonfire Night was an enforced public day of thanksgiving, celebrating the fact that King James I’s life was spared by the plot’s failure.

Gunpowder Treason Day was the main English state commemoration, but it wasn’t originally the cosy celebration with sparklers and hot drinks we’ve come to know today.

With strong anti-Catholic overtones, violence was known to flare up, and sermons warning against the dangers of Catholicism were often preached against a backdrop of burning effigies of the Pope.

Even long after the day’s origins, 19th century towns saw class-warfare erupt; it wasn’t until 1859 – when the Observance of 5th November Act was repealed – that the violence began to subside.

By the 20th century, the event became more recognisable as the Bonfire Night we know today, with the setting off of fireworks a tongue-in-cheek metaphor for Guy Fawkes’ sternly guarded cargo.