Bonfire Night in Cornwall

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There is something very special about a spectacular fireworks display – and the fifth of November is always the best time for a spot of “oohing” and “aahing”.

This is a selection of displays and bonfires near The Cornwall. These are free events (apart from parking charges), and all show a great deal of community spirit and Cornish conviviality.

Porth Beach, Newquay, 5 November

There is something extra special about fireworks on the beach – especially if the sea is in a still and reflective mood.

Porth Beach kicks off the evening with a barbecue at six thirty, with the fireworks display starting an hour later. There’s parking at Porth Tourist Park – and the £3 fee from this goes towards the costs of the display. It can get pretty busy, so it’s worth arriving early. There’s a pub on the beach (The Mermaid) if it all gets a bit too chilly.

Heartlands, Pool, 5 November

This is the former tine mine’s fourth bonfire night, and it’s proving to be a very popular one. The site that once saw gunpowder used for blasting away rock now lights up the West Cornwall sky with a spectacular fireworks display.

The bonfire is lit at 6:30, and the fireworks blast off at 7:45. There will be plenty of food, drink and music, and there is extra car parking off-site to make sure everyone gets a space (a charge applies).

The Rock Pool Bar, Gwithian, 5 November

A bit of a drive from us (Gwithian is near St Ives), but we reckon this will be well worth the extra effort.

The Rock Pool Bar is holding its first Bonfire Night party, and Ben Sutcliffe (from The People’s String Foundation) will be providing the music, along with trio The Good Times. The evening starts with the barbie at 6:30, the bonfire is lit at seven and the display starts at eight. There’ll even be warming mulled cider and wine to keep your hands and your stomachs warm. It is not a ticketed event; however the website reads “donations will be welcome”.

It’s a great place in a stunning location, and should be a very lively night!

Plymouth Hoe, 5 November

We hope we don’t get drummed out of county for mentioning this – Plymouth is only just in Devon – but thanks to The Cornwall’s handy location, it’s just a short trip over the Tamar to this great display on the historic Plymouth Hoe.

Celebrations start at four with the funfair. The bonfire will be lit after dark near Smeaton’s Tower, and the firework display will start at eight from The Royal Citadel. There’ll be plenty of catering on site – however visitors are advised to plan their journeys in advance.

As Plymouth is the city that hosts the annual British Firework Championships, we’ll be expecting a good show. No pressure.

Polperro Fireworks, 7 November

Pretty Polperro makes a lovely setting for this weekend event. Stand on the old harbour and watch the sky light up over the dramatic Peak Rock.

There’s also a best Guy competition, a barbecue, and a bonfire on the beach. There no cars allowed into Polperro itself – (the fantastically named) Crumplehorn has a car park and is a short walk away.

That’s just a selection of what’s going on this Bonfire Night; and there are many smaller displays scattered across the county.

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