Top 10 Places To See Bonfire Night Fireworks In Cornwall
The 5th of November is almost upon us and for those of us that love the smell of gunpowder and the taste of toffee apples, it’s a very exciting time! Unfortunately, the list of firework displays in Cornwall is dwindling due to overzealous health and safety fears. To make sure everyone gets to stuff their face with toffee & their nose with smoke, I thought I’d create this list for those of us (like me) who’s villages have cancelled their usual displays.
Erreeeeee’s the roundup of where to see the best bonfire night fireworks in Cornwall!
Truro, Tremorvah Fields (4th November)
Bucking the trend here, Truro is boldly putting on its display on the 4th instead of the 5th. Helping the council put on the display is the Tremor Playing Fields Group. There’s a Guy Fawkes judging competition for children (farmers, keep an eye on your scarecrows) and money taken from tickets will go towards the Cornwall air Ambulance and Penhaligon’s Friends. The party starts at 5pm, the fire is lit at 5.45 and the fireworks kick off at 6.45pm.
Tickets are £3 for adults, children over 4 £1 and under 4 are free!
Malpas, Heron Inn (4th November)
Also on the 4th, the Heron Inn is hosting a fireworks display overlooking the river Fal. Fireworks will be set off on a pontoon in the river, with a hog roast being served from 5pm! Fireworks start at 6.30pm and you don’t need tickets.
Pool, Heartlands (5th November)
This display was pretty spectacular last year, and this year it looks like it’ll get even better. It’s only the fifth bonfire night display Heartlands has hosted but it’s been so popular, they’ve had to set up a crowdfunding site to raise the money needed to accommodate the growing number of visitors (8000 are expected this year). The idea was always to keep the display free, but money for the stewards, infrastructure and safety equipment needed means donations are very welcome. The event starts at 6pm.
A special thanks to South West Heating Solutions for helping to sponsor the event!
Bodmin, Priory Park (5th November)
For those of you who want to schlepp up to Bodmin, your efforts should be amply rewarded with a huge firework display accompanied by some of your favourite Hollywood tunes. John Williams wrote some of the most famous Hollywood film music, including the theme tunes to Star Wars, Jaws, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and ET. It’s the biggest display in Cornwall and there will also be fairground rides and food stalls to make sure you feel sufficiently car sick on your schelpp back home. You can get tickets for just £3.50 for adults and children £2. The gates open at 6pm and fireworks start at 7.30.
Just in case you’ve forgotten how awesome fireworks to music are, here’s one from Paris to remind you…
Falmouth, Cricket Club (5th November)
The Falmouth Firefighters have spent £7500 on fireworks on the one night they’re allowed to blow things up instead of putting things out. There’ll be a hog roast, music from Pirate FM and a fairground ride for kids. Tickets are £4 or £2 for under 12’s and the event starts at 6pm.
Penzance, Rotary Club (5th November)
The famous local Golowan Band are providing live entertainment at the Magpies Football Ground whilst a “fantastic bbq” is served up to guests. Doors open at 6.30pm and the professional fireworks display start at 7.30 pm.
Porth, Newquay, The Mermaid Inn (5th November)
In true Cornish style, head down to see fireworks on the beach in Newquay. There’s tasty food available from the Mermaid Inn and you can even bring your own sparklers! Doors open from 6-9pm.
Helston, Flambards (5th November)
If you want to make a day of it (and you’re under 11 years old) you can head to Flambards for their Fireworks Spectacular. If the word “Flambards” isn’t enough to put you off, they’re also hosting a Gary Barlow tribute act before the explosive show starts. Fake Gary begins at 6.30 and the fireworks start at 8pm. You can get adults tickets for £19.95 and childrens for £14.95.
Polperro Harbour (5th November)
Fireworks will be let off from the harbour in this free display starting at 6.30pm.
Plymouth Harbour (5th November)
If you’re up near the border, head over to Smeaton’s Tower Lighthouse around 7.30 for a huge bonfire and a great view of the fireworks being let off from the Royal Citadel at 8pm. Fairground rides and food stalls open at 4pm and Heart FM presenters will be playing music from 6pm.