Bonfire Night in the Cotswolds

We can all picture it now; the excited little ones holding their sparklers, the teenagers wanting louder, more explosive fireworks and the adults enjoying a hot chocolate or maybe something a bit stronger! Bonfire night is always a great time for a get together and here in the Cotswolds, we tend to excel at it! Also, unlike in an artificially lit city centre, being out in the countryside seems to have that extra bit of darkness that beautifully contrasts with the raging fire or lit up night sky.

We are fortunate in that we have a number of different venues where you can enjoy a Guy Fawkes celebration with a fantastic firework display:

29th October – Pyro Air Display, Cotswold Gliding Club

The airborne pyrotechnic display at the Cotswold Gliding Club is a brand new event and it’s set to trump your average bonfire – enjoy a Halloween themed display followed by fireworks ran by the award-winning firework company Celestial Fireworks.

Find out more about the Pyro Air Display »

31st October – Gloucester Fireworks Halloween Dance Party

Fireworks, glow sticks and Ibiza soundtrack to transport us back to Summer – Gloucester Fireworks is the place to be if you’re looking to boogie the night away and enjoy the biggest firework display in the Cotswolds!

Find out more about Gloucester Fireworks Halloween Dance Party »

4th November – Stow-on-the-Wold Bonfire

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a traditional bonfire night with a pig roast, mulled wine, hot chocolate and a dazzling firework display whilst you warm yourself by the bonfire.

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5th November – Cheltenham Race Course Fireworks

A firework display over 30 years old, this year’s Bonfire night event at Cheltenham Race Course is not to be missed – you wouldn’t want to miss out on seeing their guest of honour, Peppa Pig, either!

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5th November, 4pm til 9 – Lions Speech House Fireworks and Bonfire

For those seeking an earlier start, the bonfire gets going at 5, the fireworks commence at 6.30pm and the event will include a funfair, numerous sideshow amusements and lots of smiles.

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5th November – Oxford’s Round Table’s 54th Annual Charity Fireworks Display

For those of you over on the eastern side of the Cotswolds, there is a wonderful evening to be enjoyed in South Park, Oxford. As always, there are plenty of food and drink stalls in the catering village, as well as a large tent for the younger ones and the usual pyrotechnics. This is a really well-established Oxford event and has already raised over £1 million over the decades. It is very much worth a visit.

Find out more about Oxford’s Round Table’s display »

Whichever event you decide to attend, have a wonderful evening in the Cotswolds and stay safe! If you would like to make a weekend of it, then why not take a look at booking one of our Cotswold holiday homes for the weekend?