Following on from last weekend’s eerie events comes Saturday’s firework festivities, which are sure to set the capital alight. Having spent the last four years at the infamously anti-Catholic celebrations in Lewes during my time at Brighton University, I was excited to see what London had on offer. With a whole host of activities to choose from, including The Guy Fawkes Experience at Waltham Abbey and Victoria Stakes’ three-course Guy Fawkes menu, the skies of London will certainly be ablaze as numerous displays take place in parks and gardens across the capital.
Battersea Park, one of South London’s most picturesque green spaces, promises something special for visitors of all ages, lighting up the skies with a dazzling show of light and colour. Taking place on Saturday 5th November, the gates open at 6pm with the bonfire being lit at 7.30, and the fireworks display due to begin at 8pm. A programme of entertainment and activities will feature at the Battersea Park Fireworks Display, with plenty in store to keep the crowds entertained. The park will be alive with activity during a night of stunning pyrotechnics, family fun, a bonfire and traditional attractions.
And for those of you who don’t relish the idea of being huddled in a park with the expected throngs of crowds, look no further than the nearby Prince Albert Pub, handily located by the park gates. Serving everyone’s favourite sticky staple treat from this time of year – the deliciously indulgent toffee apple, they’ve also got mulled wine and cider to warm your cockles along with barbecue grub, hot, chunky soups and moreish sausage baps. And if you’re anything like me and will need a place of refuge by the end of the night having had your fill of bitter winds and screaming children, the cosy interior and traditional ales will provide a much-needed snug haven.
The nearest tube is Pimlico, the nearest train station is either Queenstown Road or Battersea Park and entrance is £10 on the gate for adults; under 10s go free. See you round the bonfire with a sparkler and sausage!