Bonfire Night Events In Cornwall

Coming on holiday to Cornwall between October to December means there are either Halloween, Fireworks or Christmas Markets to enjoy and take part in. We want to share with you where you can find some entertaining bonfire nights and fireworks on the weekend of Guy Fawkes Night in Cornwall.

Remember, remember the 5th of November!

First of all, let’s recap on why we actually celebrate the 5th of November. It is more of a commemoration of the failure of The Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament in 1605. So, who wanted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and why?

The plot was planned by roman catholic conspirators who were unhappy (understatement!) with King James I who refused greater religious tolerance to Catholics. The Gunpowder Plot was to blow up the Houses of Parliament during the state opening. They aimed to kill the King and members of Parliament in order to clear the way to reestablish Catholic rule in England.

The plan, however, failed. The conspirators were betrayed. One of them, Guy Fawkes, was arrested the evening before the attack when he was found in the cellar where the explosives were stashed. The other conspirators were all either killed resisting capture or—like Fawkes—tried, convicted, and executed. In the aftermath, Parliament declared November 5th a national day of thanksgiving, and the first celebration of it took place in 1606.

So there we have it, 417 years later, we still celebrate the failed attempt at the assassination of a King!

Heartlands, Pool

Bonfire night at Heartlands is so much more than just fireworks!
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Get to Heartlands by 4 pm in the afternoon on November 5th and join in an epic late afternoon and evening of entertainment. The afternoon kicks of with Pirate FM’s Saffy where the fairground will open as well as delicious street food vendors serving hot, tasty food.

At 6.30 pm the bonfire will be lit which will be a real treat if the evening is cold! Then from 7 pm jig away to live rock cover music provided by Reloaded. If you love Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Green day, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Stereophonics and more, you definitely need to come to Heartlands on Bonfire Night.

The fireworks display will start at 8 pm so be ready for a fabulously loud light show followed by Reloaded who will play out the evening until 9.30 pm.

Driftwood Spar Hotel, St Agnes

Fireworks on the beach, kaleidoscopic reflections over the sea. This is one not to be missed!
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Driftwood Spar Hotel is quite literally at the end of the road in St Agnes before you reach Trevaunance Cove. The slipway leads down to the beach which at high tide is swallowed up by the sea.

The event details are yet to be officially announced but take last year’s events and let the excitement bubble. It starts at 5.30 pm and goes on until 10 pm so expect entertainment such as live music, a children’s entertainer, fire dancers and jugglers, tasty street food and small batch beers and other drinks to warm the cockles!


Falmouth Fire Station Annual Fireworks

What safer place to enjoy a bonfire and fireworks than at a fire station with fire fighters?

This Bonfire Night in Cornwall Falmouth Firefighters will be lighting up the sky with their firework display to music.

Falmouth Firefighters Social and Welfare Club, and members of Falmouth Cricket Club host this year’s event at Falmouth Cricket Ground off Trescobeas Road. Gates open at 6.00 pm for a 7.00 pm start.

If you fancy going to Falmouth, make sure to arrive in good time, as huge crowds arriving at 7.00 pm make it very difficult for the organisers to get everyone into the ground on time. Best to note that there is no car parking on site at this event, so allow time for parking the car and walking to the event.

Newquay's Firework Display at NQY Sports Centre

A bonanza of a Bonfire Night in Cornwall, last year over 7000 spectators were wowed by the display!

Happening on the 4th November, this extravaganza event is a crowd-pleaser! It starts at 5 pm and goes onto until 11 pm. It was a HUGE hit last year with big crowds being blown away by the incredible show. This year is expected to match if not improve on previous years so be prepared for a big bonfire night in Newquay.

Look what you can expect to find:

  • 7 Bars (2 Shipping Containers, 2 land rovers, tipi cocktail bar, 1 VIP Bar & the Rattler Bar)
  • 7+ Food Vendors
  • 30ft Cinema Screen
  • DJ & After party
  • Giant tipi
  • Beer festival during the day

To control numbers, this is a ticketed event. Click here now to book your £2.50 per person ticket (children go free) 100% off all money raised for tickets will go into nonprofit initiatives at the Sports Centre, such as FREE Women’s Self Defence and Men’s Mental health support.

Bodmin Bonfire Night

If you are on holiday in Cornwall on Bonfire Night, take a drive up to Bodmin and be amazed by their fiery fireworks! Don't miss the Best Guy Competition too!

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Gates open at 5 pm at Priory Park, Bodmin with the bonfire being lit at 7 pm. This is a ticketed event with advanced ticket adult prices being £5 and children £3 or on the gate on the night £6 and £4.

Expect big fireworks, loud bangs, lasers and incredible colours filling the sky. There will be children’s rides, hot dogs and drinks for sale too.

If you would like to buy tickets in advance, contact Bodmin Football Club or pop to Bodmin Morrison supermarket.

Top tips and inspiration

If your holidays to Cornwall correspond with Halloween, check out our latest blog sharing some spooktacular events to choose from!

Do you come on holiday out of season to stay at dog-friendly cottages in Cornwall? Perhaps your dog hates fireworks, so why not find a quiet dog-friendly pub where you can disappear with your dog and enjoy some peace and quiet (hopefully!)

If you need inspiration on why coming to Cornwall during the autumn and winter is a great idea, read our blog sharing why short breaks in Cornwall will save you £££ and also guarantee more space to enjoy the beaches!

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