The nights are getting shorter and colder, Bonfire Night gets closer and Birmingham is ready to celebrate. In the city itself, there is the annual Birmingham Fireworks Spectacular in Pype Hayes Park, with the additional bonus of live music, dancers and a fairground on Thu 5 Nov. Gates open at 5pm, which is also when the shuttle service from Fort Shopping Centre starts. Fireworks start at 8pm.
You could also head to Sparks in the Park at the West Midlands Travel Sports and Social Club on Sat 7 Nov for a family friendly evening of fireworks, a fun fair and plenty of food and drink to keep everyone happy. Plus, special family prices are available and all proceeds are donated to local communities and charities. Also in the city is the Moseley Fireworks and Bonfire (Sat 7 Nov) with food stalls, a licensed bar and a live band. Bonfire is lit at 6.30pm, fireworks start at 7.30pm
Here in Solihull, is the Solihull Round Table Fireworks Display (Sat 7 Nov), it’s the largest in the area and free! There’ll be plenty of food stalls and local PTAs selling toys, plus teenagers will enjoy the Radio Entertainment stage. Get there at 5.30pm for the 6.30pm display. If you want to try something a little more intimate, The Bulls Head is hosting a free live music, a BBQ and craft stalls from 7pm before the fireworks provide the main event from 9pm. The Edwardian Football Club is putting on a Firework display from 7.30pm with the bonfire being lit at 7pm, there will be an outdoor real ale bar along with a BBQ and hog roast, entry is £5 per person and free to under 12s.
Outside the city in nearby Tamworth you can try something a bit different at Tamworth Castle which is hosting its own celebrations (Sat 7 Nov, fireworks start at 8pm) with a fun fair, plenty of food and drink stalls and even fire eaters.
In Bewdley, West Midland Safari Park Firework Festival Weekend promises a two-day celebration (Sat 7 Nov–Sun 8 Nov) with African themed music, late night rides and fireworks displays to set this one apart.
If your youngsters aren’t keen on all the loud noise and banging that comes with fireworks, head to No Bangs Bonfire Night in Bromsgrove (Thu 5 Nov, gates open at 6.30pm). This traditional bonfire party replaces fireworks with sparklers, and costumed characters will tell the story of the gunpowder plot. There’ll be hot food and traditional music to keep adults entertained too.