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Top 5 Fireworks Displays in Wales

12 April 2023

It’s only fitting that as the land of the dragons Wales plays host to some truly fantastic fireworks displays. From the mountains to the valleys, along the coast and near the border, many towns and local organisations put on fireworks displays all year round. Bonfire night is the time to find the best displays though. Listed below are some of the most popular and memorable events that take place on or around the 5th November. The displays included in this list have all been held regularly for the last few years, though most dates and times aren’t fully confirmed for 2023 yet.

Sparks in the Park (Cardiff)

This is a great event for the family, with two fireworks displays - a children’s show at around 5:45pm and the main show at around 7pm. Held in Bute Park, behind Cardiff Castle, the evening is jam-packed, with live music, entertainment from Capital FM, funfair rides, food and drink, and other family attractions. The cost is somewhere around £11 for adults and £6 for children, with all proceeds going to local charities and causes. It’s a popular one which regularly attracts over 20,000 people, so book early.

Llandudno Fireworks Display

Last year’s event was held on the North Shore Promenade and attended by over 25,000 people. It’s a free event, organised by Llandudno in the North of Wales, which usually begins at around 6:20pm. The fireworks are huge and expansive - a truly awe-inspiring sight to behold over the beautiful beach and promenade. Expect big crowds, as the reviews for this display are overwhelmingly positive.

Ride the Rocket - Llangollen Railway

This one is a truly unique experience. Enjoy a wonderful firework display from Glyndyfrdwy Station after journeying through the Dee Valley on a beautiful and ornate steam railway. The train boasts hot food plus a well-stocked bar, departs from Llangollen, Denbighshire at around 6pm and returns roughly at 8.30pm. The cost is approximately £18 for adults and £12 for children. Spaces are limited and the event is very popular, so keep a keen eye on the official website for updates.

Swansea Council Fireworks Display

There’s lots to enjoy at this display: a traditional roast carvery, gourmet burgers, a hog roast, wood-fired pizzas, fish and chips, sweet treats, doughnuts… You won’t go hungry here! Besides the food, you can expect to enjoy one of Wales’ most beautiful fireworks displays, launched over the bay. This event is free and usually runs somewhere between 6pm and 8pm. Be advised, due to the huge popularity, the city can get very busy, so turn up early and make plans to travel well in advance. 

Caerphilly Castle

One of the most beautiful castles in the country, with a truly astounding fireworks display. The majestic Caerphilly castle and its surrounding lakes and grounds makes for one of the most breathtaking backdrops to a fireworks display. Entry is free (though donations to the Mayor’s Charity are welcome) and the fireworks usually commence at around 7pm. The event includes some small fairground rides for children and plenty of refreshment stalls. For the best views, seek out Crescent Road and Dafydd Williams Park.

Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash

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