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Bonfire night fireworks in Devon

Visiting Devon in November? Remember, remember the 5th of November with one of these great firework displays. 

Bonfire night for families

Shaldon Beach

The quiet village of Shaldon is transformed on Bonfire night as hundreds of people flock down to grab a beachside view of the fireworks. The fireworks are set-off from across the estuary at Teignmouth. There is something extra special about seeing fireworks reflected in the water, it’s like doubling your enjoyment. This is my children’s favourite firework venue as it’s a beautiful location which is made even more beautiful with a fabulous fireworks display. It’s well worth arriving early as the car parks fill quickly. The good news if you do arrive early is that, as well as the great pubs and restaurants, there is a small street market and a huge bonfire to keep people entertained before the fireworks begin.

Flaming Tar Barrels at Ottery St Mary 

For something a bit different, with a whole lot of crazy thrown in, why not try the Flaming Tar Barrels at Ottery St Mary. The event takes place on November 5th when people carry tar-soaked burning barrels through the streets of the old town. It’s a tradition which dates back hundreds of years and was probably invented as a way of cleansing the town of evil spirits. Each barrel is lit outside a different local pub and the only spirits in evidence these days are the ones for sale inside. The Flaming Tar Barrels is exhilarating and noisy with an air of excitement and danger. The night ends on the banks of the River Otter where a huge bonfire is lit and a funfair keeps people’s spirits up long into the night. 

Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary

One of Devon’s largest displays takes place at Westpoint Arena near Exeter. Organised by Exeter’s Round Table, this is a big one. Along with the fireworks there are stalls and fairground rides and to add to the spectacle, the fireworks here have a pounding musical accompaniment. This is one for people who like big, noisy and exciting events. 

Sherwell Valley Primary School, Paignton

A classic family orientated firework display takes place at Sherwell Valley Primary school in Paignton. Because it’s a fenced area it can get quite full but it also makes it safer for younger children. There are a few food stalls and a great big bonfire. This display always has a great atmosphere with many families returning year after year. 

Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth Hoe is fast becoming a bit of a legend in the world of fireworks. The world famous British Firework Championships takes place here most years and will next take place in August 2017. As a warm up to the championship, the Hoe also hosts a fireworks event in November. This is another musical event with DJ’s entertaining the crowds and fireworks lighting up the skies behind Smeaton’s Tower. Although this is a family event, the loud music and large crowds make it one for teenagers and families with older children. Plymouth Hoe is such a beautiful place for fireworks, with views right across Plymouth Sound, that for many this is an event which is not to be missed.  

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