Bonfire Night in Manchester and the North
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Bonfire Night in Manchester and the North

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

Whether you’re looking for traditional Bonfire Night shenanigans or more alternative goings-on to mark the occasion, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Bonfire Night in Manchester and the North.

As the nights get longer and increasingly colder, there’s nothing better than gathering your family and friends together, by a huge bonfire, to watch the night sky explode with colour. Get wrapped up and head to the Carlton Club where celebrations fire up once again for 2022.

For those looking further afield, Light Up Lancaster is a two-day festival of art and light that illuminates the streets, gardens and historical venues of Lancaster; culminating with a grand finale when fireworks soar above Lancaster Castle. And the River of Light Festival graces Liverpool’s famous waterfront just in time for Bonfire Night too. Take a jaunt along the 2km walking trail to see huge sculptures and a dramatic display of illuminated visual art and spectacular light projections.

With a line-up for everybody this year, our guide also includes theatre, live folk music, bonfire-themed yoga, and cosy campfire cuisine alongside activities for the kids.

Alternatively, you could head to one of Manchester’s vantage points, and stay warm and dry with the smuggest cocktail you’re ever likely to sip.

Remember, remember to get your plans in for the 5 November. It’ll be here before you know it.

Here are our picks

  • 1. GRUB Manchester

    GRUB Manchester, 50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M4 4HF - Visit now

    Our friends at GRUB are all kitted out for Bonfire Night 2022. With cosy campfires, boozy winter warmers and freshly cooked street food alongside lantern-making and marshmallow toasting for the kids – everyone’s happy.

  • 2. The Carlton Club

    The Carlton Club

    The Carlton Club, Rowan Lodge, 113 Carlton Rd, Manchester, M16 8BE - Visit now

    The Carlton Club will light up the skies of Whalley Range once more on Saturday 5 November. Gates open at 5:00 pm with the firework display starting at 7:00 pm and finishing around 9:00 pm. Expect a full-on traditional display of rockets, fountains, bangers and boomers followed by music and DJs inside. Keep warm with contemporary bonfire fare from The Hip Hop Chip Shop and Mankuchen Pizza. Admission is £8.00 for adults, £5.00 for under 18s with family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) available at £20.00.

  • 3. 20 Stories

    20 Stories, No. 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now

    Grab a seat on the terrace of Manchester’s highest bar and restaurant and watch the night sky explode with colour. Keep warm (with blankets aplenty), sip on a cocktail and enjoy bursts of fireworks for miles around. While we can’t guarantee views as good elsewhere, take a look at our Roof Terraces In Manchester guide for more… down to earth alternatives.

  • 4. Oh Me Oh My

    Afternoon tea at Oh Me Oh My

    Oh Me Oh My, West Africa House, 25 Water Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 0RG - Visit now

    Experience a Bonfire Night ‘with a difference’ in the majestic surroundings of Liverpool’s West Africa House. Enjoy yoga in the grand, twinkly room downstairs before heading up to the roof for stunning views, tunes, blankets, fizz, toffee apples and sparklers. Dreamy.

  • 5. The Abbeydale Picture House

    Cinemas in Sheffield Photographer: Scott Hukins ©
    Abbeydale Picture House Photographer: Scott Hukins ©

    The Abbeydale Picture House, 387 Abbeydale Road , Sheffield, S7 1FS - Visit now

    Experimental folk band Shovel Dance Collective will lead a procession to the Abbeydale Picture House in Sheffield before performing traditional Bonfire Night songs in-the-round. Celebrate Bonfire Night in a way that looks beyond history, examining the way that people have rebelled and rejoiced throughout the ages.

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