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The best firework displays in Suffolk & Cambs

Boom, whizz, bang! Fireworks night is lit at these fabulous displays with fun fairs, food stalls and, err, the occasional early 00s boy band.

Why DIY when you can watch explosions ignited by someone else (there’s nothing worse than singed eyebrows in November, amiright)? Let’s be honest, beyond the age of about six kids aren’t that impressed with a pack of sparklers and an out of control rocket (sorry, neighbours), plus I love the idea of food and wine on tap while I watch the skies light up, so this year we’ll be wrapping up warm and heading to a local display instead. 

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Heveningham Hall, Halesworth, 6 Nov

Bonfire night goes BOOM, with live music from indie chart-toppers Razorlight, Freddie & the Freeloaders and Little Red Kings, plus a fun fair, food stalls and probably the biggest fireworks display you’ll see in Suffolk. Gates open 4.30pm. 

Ipswich Fireworks Festival, Suffolk Showground, 6 Nov

Another awesome display offering way more than a baked potato and some bangers. For starters there’s live music and DJS like Nate James, Tribe live and…Simon Webbe and Lee Ryan from Blue. Remember, the boy band (I had a crush on Duncan, you)? All Rise to enjoy street food, drinks, fun fair, loads of fireworks AND free parking (apparently you can watch the entire thing from your car, which is a bit weird yet tempting!). Bonfire night sorted. Gates open 5pm. 

Sotterley Estate Bonfire Night Extravaganza, Beccles, 5 Nov

Hot dogs, sparklers, huge bonfire and a whole heap of pyrotechnics set to music (that’ll be a pyromusical then) against the backdrop of stunning Sotterley Hall. Gates open 5pm keen beans. 

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Fireworks Fantasia, nr Peterborough, 6 Nov

Get your glow on at the East of England showground, where alongside fireworks lighting up the sky there’ll be food stalls, a fun fair, monster truck rides, a bonfire and, totally off theme but nevertheless a kiddie crowd-pleaser, a bright green Shrek doing some meet and greets. Gates open 4pm. 

Fireworks in Hemingford, St Ives, 6 Nov

Big shout out to this family-friendly bonfire and firework show which has been running for more than 50 years – that’s a lot of Catherine wheels. If you’re more of a purist when it comes to Guy Fawkes Night, then you’ll appreciate the crackling bonfire, jaw-dropping fireworks, food stalls and lack of 00s boy bands. Gates open 5pm.

Kimbolton Castle Fireworks, Kimbolton, 5 Nov

Get ready to say ‘ooooo’ and ‘ahhhh’ at this spectacular display above the castle grounds, that’s when you’re not watching live music, riding on the fun fair, tucking into street food and generally living your best life. Under 16s go free and gates open 5.45pm. 

Fireworks at Huntingdon Racecourse, Huntingdon, 29 Oct

Kids can hit the fair while you sample the food and mulled wine before being wowed by a musical light show at 6.30pm followed by the main event – 20 minutes of fireworks exploding to music. More entertaining than another night in front of Netflix for sure. Gates open 4.30pm.

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