Bonfire Night Firework Displays in the North East

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Bonfire Night is upon us! The region’s skies will be lit up with fireworks this weekend. If you’ve yet to decide where to celebrate, we’ve got the perfect lift of displays happening in the North East region.

With Bonfire Night falling on a Sunday this year there seems to be a full weekend of events dedicated to the festival. We’ve split the events into Friday, Saturday and Sunday to make it even easier for you to make plans.

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Friday 3rd November 2017

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Redcar Rugby Union Club

Gates for the event will open at 6.30pm at Mackinlay Park, Green Lane. There will be music, food, drink and fairground rides. Tickets are available from the club.

Marton Cricket Club

Display will start at 7.15PM. Tickets are available upon arrival; £4 for adults, £3 for under 16s and £10 for a family ticket.

Saturday 4th November 2017

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Skinningrove Bonfire

Hosted on the sea front, this year’s events fireworks start at 7PM with the bonfire starting half an hour later. The event is free to attend but they kindly request public donations to keep the event running.

Gateshead Firework Display, Saltwell Park

This annual event attracts 30,000 visitors a year for a huge fireworks display. Gates open at 5PM, display starts at 7.30PM with the event running until 9PM. It costs £3 per wristband purchased in advance.

Thornaby Cricket Club

Display starts at 7.15PM. Entry is £3 for adults, £1.50 for under-16s and £7 for a family. Tickets on sale at the club.

Broadway West Playing Fields, Gosforth

This event is promising guests 120 effects per minute! Gates open at 5PM with the event going on till 8PM. Entry is £4 for adults, £2 for children, £10 for a family ticket with under-fives free with proceeds going to a local charity.

Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park

The racecourse is promising a fireworks spectacle to conclude a day of racing. The event will include a family funfair and music. Gates open at 2PM with seven races running between 3.55 and 7PM. The fireworks are due to begin at 8PM. It’s one of the more expensive events in the region with adult tickets costing £10 in advance (£15 on the gate), £5 for children with under-fives getting in for free.

Blaydon Rugby Football Club Firework Display, Gateshead

The event kicks off at 5.30PM with the funfair and food stalls opening. The bonfire will start at 6PM followed with a firework display at 7.45PM. Tickets are £6 for adults, £3 for children with under-threes getting in for three. Family tickets cost £12.

Whitley Bay Football Club

Doors open at 6PM. Adults entry is £4, children £2 while under-fives go free. Tickets are available from its Seahorse bar in Whitley Bay.

Tynemouth Cricket Club, North Shields

The club presents a 20 minute firework display expected to be attended by thousands. There will also be hot food stalls, fairground rides, a raffle and a prosecco trailer. The event starts from 5PM with tickets costing £5 for adults, £2 for children and £12 for a family. You can purchase tickets here.

Chester-le-Street Cricket Club

Gates open at 4.30PM at the cricket club’s annual firework display. The display starts at 6PM. Admittance is £4 for adults and £2 for children and concessions. Tickets are on sale in advance from the club.

St Cuthbert’s Hospice Family Fireworks Night, Durham

Durham’s public firework display promises to have its best year yet with even more fairground rides. Gates open at 6PM with the display starting at 7.30PM. Tickets are bought in advance with prices at £5 for adults and £3 for under-15s. Tickets will be £5 on the door.

Stanley Firework Festival, Oakey Park

This council funded event is promising a huge sci-fi themed display this year. Attractions will include live music from local talent Conner Middleton, face painting and food stalls. Gates open at 5PM with the display starting at 7PM. It’s FREE as well!

Alnwick Rugby Club

The event starts at 6.30PM with the display starting at 7.30PM. Entry at the gate is £5 for adults, £3 for under 16s and free for under 14s.

Sele Park, Hexham

The bonfire will be lit at 6.30PM with fireworks starting at 7PM. Entry is free but all donations received will go towards charity.

Sunday 5th November 2017

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Novos RFC, Benton

This event will be held in aid of The Chronicle Sunshine Fund charity. The firework display will start at 7PM. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for under-16s.

Gateshead Rugby Club

Something unique at this event; they’re hosting a raffle at £1 a ticket with the prize winner getting to start the display. The event starts at 5PM with the display starting at 6.30PM. Adult entrance is £2.

Stockton Riverside 

One of the region’s most prestigious firework displays has a theme of ‘Epic Movie Songs’ this year. It promises to be a fantastic night with the crew of BBC Tees attending. The event is free and takes place between 6PM and 8PM.

Hartlepool Fireworks

The annual free event will take place at Seaton Carew near to the Clock Tower. The event will start at 4PM with a children’s funfair with the fireworks starting at 6.30PM.

Whitley Park, Benton

Blue Flames Leisure Centre’s annual celebration will be one for the whole family; especially with younger children. They’ll even have entertainers dressed as Elsa from Frozen. Gates open at 4PM with the event continuing on until 10PM.

The Links, Whitley Bay

With the beautiful backdrop of the North Sea, this is one of the region’s most popular firework displays. There will be fairground rides and refreshments. The 15 minutes display will start at 7PM with free admission.

Ocean Beach, South Shields

There will be TWO firework displays at this event this year with start times of 6.30PM and 8PM. Even better; the entry is free!

Corus Sports & Social Centre, Dormanstown, Middlesbrough

The display will start at 7PM with gates opening at 6PM. There will also be a disco and some rides. Entry is just £1 which can be bought 1

Applegarth Car Park, Northallerton 

This free display starts at 5PM and runs till 7PM. There will also be an entertainment stage to engage the crowd until the fireworks start.

Northern Echo Arena, Darlington

Tickets for this display are £8 for adults, £4 for concessions or £20 for a family. They are available direct from the arean or the the Dolphin Centre.

Wynyard Hall Fireworks 

Starting at 5PM this will be a great night for some family fun. The firework display will start at 6PM. It costs £5 in advance or £6 on the door. Under-three admittance is free.

Sunderland Illuminations 

The usual and very popular Sunderland Illuminations event will come to a close with a 10-minute firework display. The display will start at 6PM with free entrance.

Kirkley Hall, Ponteland 

Now this is a bargain! Entry to Kirkley Hall Zoo after 2.30pm will be £1 only when buying a ticket for the bonfire night event. The activity centre will also be open in the evening with a zip-wire in the dark on offer. The display will start at 6PM with tickets costing £4 per person.


This is a free event starting in the afternoon with activities happening at the prom. The bonfire will be lit on the beach at 5.30PM with fireworks starting at 6PM.

Riverside Fireworks, Chester-le-Street

This very popular event will have North East talents Channy Thompson and Melody 5 entertaining the crowds. The firework display will also be set to music with a ‘Witches and Wizards’ theme.

Acklam Rugby Club, Middlebrough 

The bonfire will be will be lit 6PM with the firework display starting at 7PM. Tickets are £5 for adults, £3 for children or £10 for a family ticket. They are available from the club.

Middlesbrough Rugby Club

The event here starts at 6.30PM. Entry is £5 for adults and £3 per child.

 To finish

We hope everyone has a safe Bonfire Night whatever you get up to.

You can find out more information about Bonfire night events in the region either on the Chronicle‘s website or Teesside’s Evening Gazette here.

You can check out our What’s On Up North section of the website to see all the latest goings on in the region.


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