Bonfire Night is back with a bang next weekend when the skies across Manchester will be lit up by fireworks.

There are dozens of events taking place all over the city on and around November 5, when Britain commemorates the failed gunpowder plot to overthrow King James I.


Heaton Park is hosting another huge bonfire and fireworks display this year, which tens of thousands of people are expected to attend.

The council-run event is one of the biggest in the city, along with those in Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield, and Wythenshawe Park. We've rounded up everything you need to know about the event, below.


Luthfur Rahman, the council's executive member for schools, culture and leisure, said: "Our fantastic, free bonfire events at parks across Manchester are always incredibly popular with local families.

"We recommend you arrive early - and make sure you wrap up warm - to enjoy your community firework display and bonfire night celebration."

When is the Heaton Park bonfire and what time does it start?

The Heaton Park bonfire and fireworks display takes place on Bonfire Night itself, on Sunday November 5.

Gates open at 5pm, when there'll be a funfair to keep families entertained until the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm. The fireworks display will follow shortly after and the event finishes at 9.30pm.


Extra security measures will be in place this year so visitors are advised to arrive in plenty of time to pass through the stricter checks.

All bags will be searched on entry and visitors are advised to leave them at home if possible to speed up entry. Fast track lanes will be available for those without bags to get in more quickly.

Admission is free. Personal fireworks, including sparklers, and alcohol are not allowed on site and will be confiscated on entry.

How to get there

By car: The park is situated off Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, M25 2SW. There are entrances on St Margaret's Road (M25 2GT), Smithy Lodge (M25 2SW) and Sheepfoot Lane (M25 ODL).

Parking on site is limited and is expected to fill up quickly, so travel using public transport if you can.

By bus: Heaton Park is served by the following bus routes: 135, 59, 64, 484, 495, 164 and 165. You can find full route details and timetables here.

By tram: The nearest Metrolink stop is Heaton Park, on the Bury line.