On November 1, Guy Fawkes’ Night saw the customary spread of bonfires lit throughout the UK capital and country. As I already shared in my last post that OneTimeFashionista team had been to the fireworks festival last Saturday. Spectacular bonfires and fireworks display at this London Guy Fawkes’ night gatherings was a night to remember.
As is customary, many of the officially organised community bonfires have also featured fireworks displays, fairground rides and various other distractions and entertainments. For those who had the opportunity to celebrate the occasion in London, know that there were few other places too where the main bonfire night celebrations took place in the city on or around Guy Fawkes’ Night. So, Saturday 1st November was the return of the Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival that took place in the beautiful grounds of Alexandra Park. High above North London with views across the City, the display was a magnificent spectacle.
With spectacular views of the city skyline providing a backdrop, Alexandra Palace’s fireworks display was reliably impressive. This was one of the larger events, with a fun fair ran throughout the evening and various food and drink stalls in operation, so it basically turned out to be a Food & Drinks festival AKA street-food party for us -from mulled wine to German beers, from North African traditional dish Tagine to homemade sausages- what a spread!
Mulled wine monster Bangkok’s most favourite street-food Pad thai graced the courtyard of Alexandra Palace A fusion street-food stall with a funny name selling a type of beer named after a folk dance form from India Bad Brownie Co’s brownies are anything but bad;) Learning few tricks & tips on cooking homemade fresh pasta from Italia
As it was one of the most talked-about event, the night didn’t end with a huge fireworks display only, the Palace ground was also the host of the UK’s largest German Beer Festival, street food & craft beer village, family area, two large funfairs and an ice skating ring- all these, naturally, won’t come for free, one had to get tickets to be a part of it. Entry tickets costed from £7 for adults; from £5 for children.
The fireworks started at 7:30pm but we arrived there around 4pm to make the most of the other entertainment the event had to offer across the Park including street food and craft beer from local brewers. The Family Zone was the perfect area for young families or those who would simply prefer a bit more room to enjoy the display. This area also hosted a funfair, free face painting, and street food vendors there served children’s sized portions so the whole family can eat together. For the adventurous there was an adult fun fair with some real white knuckle rides. Entry to all of these attractions is covered in your fireworks ticket but for those wanting a little bit more additional tickets are available to the Ice Skating Session and German Bier Festival. What I loved about the rides, were the instructions put up in front of the entrance of every rides -for me, instructions with humour works best!
Londoners, who have missed this super fun night already, wait! There is more for you waiting! Tonight is the night! Adding a bit of colour to these dark autumn evenings is your Bonfire Night, which is set to go off with a bang (literally) tonight. Prepare to hear ‘ooooh’s and ‘ahhhhh’s echo around the capital as firework displays take place across London, including Brockwell Park, Wimbledon and Southwark. If you miss the firey fun tonight, more firework displays are planned for the weekend in Hackney, Ealing and Harrow, to name just a few. Boom!0