Like pretty much everything else this year, many Bonfire Night displays have been cancelled this year as a result of the pandemic. But it’s not all doom and gloom: there are a handful of drive-through firework displays taking place around the country, allowing guests to enjoy sparkling shows from their cars. Nothing beats the atmosphere of big crowds – but at least you’ll stay warm and dry.
Drive-In Firework Displays in the UK
Suffolk: Sotterley Hall Estate
Residents of Suffolk will be treated to two drive-in firework displays in the idyllic grounds of Sotterley Hall. Guests will have the option to pre-order food and drink before arrival via email, and there’s going to be strict timings: doors open at 5pm, last entry is 6.30pm, the display will last half an hour and cars will be directed off the estate shortly afterwards. Tickets are selling fast, so act quickly if you’re keen.
6 and 7 November, £8 per adult, £5 per child, explosivesolutions.co.uk
Midlands: Drive In Fireworks
There are three socially distanced drive-in bonfire events taking place across the Midlands, in Northampton, Peterborough and Newark. Sadly there’ll be no food and drinks being sold, but you’re welcome to bring your own, and local radio stations will be providing an upbeat soundtrack.
7 and 8 November, £25 per car, driveinfireworks.uk
Get in there early at Wadebridge’s Royal Cornwall Showground, which is kicking off the Bonfire Night season with a drive-in firework display on 1 November to hopefully pre-empt last minute restrictions forcing a cancellation. Arrive in good time, park up, enjoy food and drinks from a selection of vendors, and marvel at the glittering show.
1 November, from £30 per car, fireworkscornwall.com
Devon: Westpoint Exeter
Devon’s first ever drive-in firework display is coming to Westpoint Exeter, with a show arranged by local company Celebration Pyrotechnics. Gates will open from 4pm and there will be plenty of hot food and drinks available from vendors.
7 November, from £25 per car, westpointexeter.co.uk
Laser Lights Alive is hosting drive-in firework displays across three nights this November. Taking place at Park Vale Running Track, the event will involve not just fireworks, but a laser display – said to be ‘much different from anything you have seen before’.
5, 6 and 7 November, £25 per car, visit the Laser Lights Alive Facebook page