The British celebrate a special night each year do commemorate a guy named Guy Fawkes failing to blow up the House of Lords in 1605. The evening on the 5th November is also called Bonfire Night or Firework Night and is usually celebrated with lots of fire in different forms all over the country. Edinburgh is also putting on a show to “remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder Treason and Plot”. People will be having little fireworks in their gardens, but if you’re after something more grand, please see our selection of events below.
A beautiful stately home about half an hour away from central Edinburgh, 17th century country estate Hopetoun House has made it a tradition to hold a spectacular bonfire and fireworks night on its grounds each year. Guests will be entertained with some pre-show fun, food stalls, a bonfire of course and most excitingly “one of the biggest and most spectacular fireworks displays in West Lothian” (so the organisers state). Have a little sneak peek by looking at this video of a previous event. Tickets are priced at £13 for adults and £6.50 for children.
Hopetoun House, 7th November, from 4pm, South Queensferry, EH30 9SL
Meadowbank Annual Firework Display
If you would like to stay in Edinburgh and see some stunning fireworks, head to Meadowbank Stadium. This event has been running for 30 years and stuns its visitors with a half-hour firework display and pre-show entertainment for the whole family. This year’s dress up theme is Superheros in case you couldn’t get enough of costumes on Halloween. Tickets are £6.50
Meadowbank Stadium, 5th November, from 6.30pm, London Road, EH7 6AE
Traditionally, Edinburgh’s students catch the fireworks each year from Arthur’s Seat – the highest point in Holyrood park with 251m. It offers amazing views over Edinburgh and gives you the chance to take in all the firework displays of the city on a budget. Just be careful to bring a torch to find your way in the dark.
Arthur’s Seat, 5th November, from 4.30pm, Queen’s Drive