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As one of the capital’s rare major displays that’s still gratis, Blackheath attracts massive crowds of up to 100,000 to its all-day Guy Fawkes bash. Colourful fairground rides will take over the heath from noon, food and drink stalls open at 5pm and the fireworks kick off at 8pm. It’s so spectacular, it inspired the lyrics of Katy Perry* (*it didn’t, but it’s still cracking).
Blackheath. Blackheath rail. Sat Nov 4.
Wembley Stadium’s arch and bright lights will provide a dramatic backdrop from 6pm for all those bangs and sparkles. The soundtrack is kept top-secret until the night, but if last year is anything to go by, it’ll be an exciting match for those hectic pyrotechnics.
Brent Civic Centre. Wembley Park. Sat Nov 4.
The People’s Park is on Guy Fawkes duty again, lighting up Hackney with a sparkling 7pm display that won’t cost you a penny.
Victoria Park. Bethnal Green. Sun Nov 5.
When a fireworks night is named after the man himself, it better be banging. Hear the pows, pfooms and shhhheeeeeees explode over the Wanstead Flats at 6.30pm. There’ll be everything from Thai, Indian and Caribbean food to hot dogs and burgers to snack on beneath the glittering east London sky.
Wanstead Flats. Manor Park. Sun Nov 5.
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