5 of the best – Yorkshire Bonfires

Blog written and researched by @tom_ashurst and @richiewear13


Wakefield’s annual Bonfire and Firework Display on 7th November in Thornes Park celebrates the traditions of the season with a stunning firework display, a welcoming bonfire, tasty food and live entertainment.

Join the organisers at 6pm when the gates open and the entertainment begins. The bonfire lighting is at 7pm, followed by the spectacular firework display at 8pm.

Entrance to this event is free and everybody is welcome. As parking is not available at the site, it is recommended that you either use an alternative method of transport or you have a fixed idea of where you can park near by.



If you’re looking to experience something different this Bonfire Night, you need to head to the infamous Skinningrove Bonfire  on 5th November. The small village of Skinningrove is set close to the rugged North Yorkshire coast, and the spectacular display on bonfire night attracts hordes of visitors every year.

Each year the night takes on a different theme, and the bonfire is built around it. From enormous ships and trains to gothic castles built of wood, the fire here isn’t just enormous, it’s unlike any other in the UK.

After much deliberation, the theme for the 2015 Skinningrove Bonfire is, Fishingrove! This will be a celebration of the fishing heritage of Skinningrove so don’t be too surprised to see a huge fishing boat on the beach!

Photo taken by Mark Bowden, you can see more of his work here.



It is 70 years since the end of WWII and as Oughtibridge War Memorial Sports Club are the areas’ War Memorial, they have worked with the world class display organiser Pyro-Vision to create a truly incredible and poignant display on 4th November.

Set to classic British anthems and “Last Night of the Proms” classics, the event will have timeless broadcasts from Winston Churchill and Neville Chamberlain, plus a live rendition of the Last Post by award winning Flugel player John Lee. Plus every adult receives a union flag to waive! There is also a surprise ending – but you’ll have to attend to find out exactly what it is!

You can get your tickets from Just £4 for concessions and £5 adults. On the night all tickets are £6. The event kicks off at 7pm and is always a calendar highlight for the residents of Oughtibridge.



Elland bonfire is Calderdale’s largest public bonfire and firework display. The bonfire is at Hullenedge Park on Saturday 7th November and festivities get underway from 5:30 so wrap up warm because there is lots to do!

There will be two huge firework displays, the MASSIVE Elland bonfire, the Hellfyre Magpies fire dance display team, food stalls, hot drinks, fairground rides, games stalls and music too.

If you’re a lover of all things sparkly, and are looking to experience a banging night, then head with the family down to Hullenedge Park, Elland, for a bonfire extravaganza.



The annual Beverley Lions Bonfire Night display, organised by the Lions Club, returns to the Westwood. After the lighting of the bonfire, by the Mayor of Beverley and the Lions’ President at 7.15pm, the fireworks will begin at 7.45pm.

The Beverley Lions Club provides this free spectacular evening of traditional entertainment for everyone and a bucket collection is taken to help pay for the event. Volunteers will be needed for the clean-up the next day – those who can help should come along after 9am.Friday, November 6.

So dig out your mittens, grab your sparklers and trot on down to the Westwood in Beverley, where the Beverley Lions will keep you toasty.

For further Bonfire and Fireworks events happening in Yorkshire, check out our dedicated Yorkshire.com Bonfire Night page.



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