Bristolians aren’t one to stay indoors, and this unseasonably cold autumn has failed to burn us out. With bonfire night round the corner, it’s time to wrap up, face the fire and soak up the sights.
The city is made for spectacular outdoor events, with natural scenic from all angles. The heights of Clifton Downs and the Suspension Bridge provide a panoramic viewpoint, while Leigh Woods provides an atmospheric setting for Guy Fawkes celebrations. Elsewhere, you can set up camp on the high and grassy green spaces beyond St Werburgh’s, otherwise known as The Mound.
We round up the best of Bristol’s bonfires and fireworks. Whichever display you decide to turn your attention to, fuel your evening with the huge range of hot food and firewater available across the city.
Fireworks Festival Millennium Square – Thursday 3rd November 6pm
The cracking round-up starts early this week in Millennium Square. Part of the countdown to the Christmas tree lights switch on, expect the harbourside to be transformed. The Millennium Square ice rink will return alongside a huge sky wheel for prime viewing of the fireworks display. Not keen on crowds? Eat out Bristol fashion and head to Under the Stars for delicious pizza and great views from a boat. Otherwise, grab a wholesome falafel pitta from the celebrated Falafel King and douse on the hot sauce.
Boiling Wells Bonfire Night – Saturday 5th November from 3pm
Promising to be the most authentically anarchistic celebration, St. Werburgh’s City Farm has organised a real hootenanny in honour of bonfire night. The Boiling Wells Lane woodland will be lit up, a host of local musicians will perform, and hula-hoops and fire poi will be flung about in a hearty fashion. Wood-fired baked tatties will keep you going, but head to Mina Road for a host of our favourite eateries, including the original Biblos and Cafe Napolita. Newcomers The Cauldron have made a stir with their creative, rustic cooking methods, and the hearty fare is made for November nights.
Fireworks at The Farm – Saturday 5th November 7pm
If you’ve made it down St Werburgh’s way, a stop of at The Farm pub is a no-brainer. In an area passionate about community, The Farm has become an iconic example of Bristol’s idiosyncratic spirit. Never one to shy away from a party, the team are hosting Doppler Sound System to spin away on a portable speakers, while Irie Vibes will spin beats in the famous beer garden till late. All this will provide a deep dub bass line to dutty wine away the night to. Food is served till 8.30pm on Saturdays, so there’s plenty of time for a round of burgers.
Victoria Park Bonfire - Saturday 5th November 6pm
For a calmer, family affair, the south side of Bristol is the place to be. Victoria Park on the edge of Bedminster will do away with loud fireworks to host a big bonfire. Bring your homemade effigies for the Judge the guy competition before feeding it to the flames, and huddle together to enjoy the mesmerising blaze. The park is within perfect reach of South Bristol’s best pubs and just short stroll from North Street’s string of fine restaurants. The Steam Crane is a Wriggle favourite, serving fresh, locally sourced food such as salt Marsh lamb chop with cheesy polenta chips, and boasting one of the best craft beer bars in Bristol. Further along you’ll find Zazu’s Kitchen for a fine sampling of modern European cuisine to round off a sparkling evening.