As Bonfire Night approaches in November, Leicester and Leicestershire have some real treats in store for families looking to celebrate this much-loved tradition with firework displays, entertainment and more.

This year, various venues in Leicester and Leicestershire are planning to hold much-anticipated fireworks displays, starting with Leicester's Abbey Park, which will once again host the city's official Bonfire Night celebrations. As well as the usual huge bonfire and fireworks display, the event will include live entertainment, a funfair and hot food stalls. It takes place on Saturday 5 November from 5-9pm. The park gates will open at 5pm, with live music and entertainment at 6pm. The children’s firework display and the lighting of the bonfire will take place at 6.45pm. The countdown to the main firework display will start at 8pm, with musical entertainment continuing until 9pm. Visitors will be able to enjoy Motown, pop and rock music by eight-piece band BluBeat. Plus, fire performers will be demonstrating their pyrotechnic skills.

Bonfire Night at the Great Central Railway promises to be a magical night out for the entire family. Taking place on Friday 4 November, this is one of the biggest and best shows in Leicestershire with a huge bonfire, refreshments, children’s rides and of course an impressive firework display! The main event will take place at the Quorn & Woodhouse station and visitors can travel there in heritage style by train from Loughborough, Rothley or Leicester North stations. Gates will open at Quorn station from 6.15pm and it is essential to pre-book your place. The later departures can get extremely busy so it is best to travel to Quorn on the earliest train possible to avoid disappointment.

Twinlakes, the family theme park in Melton Mowbray, will host its Bonfire Night on Saturday 5 November. Tickets will enable visitors to enjoy a full day at Twinlakes Park and catch the spectacular firework display in the evening. You can save 15 per cent on all pre-booked day tickets now, while Annual Pass holders will only pay £5 for entry. When the sun sets, there will be great food and live entertainment on offer in the run up to the extended firework display.

History buffs can celebrate Gunpowder Plot Day at The 1620s House and Garden at Donington Le Heath. The event will take place on Sunday 6 November, with a retelling of the story behind the Gunpowder Plot through a series of short scenarios, set in the charming historic house and gardens. Visitors will be able to learn about the properties of gunpowder with the Open Rope Living History Group and watch a 17th century cannon being fired. Ear defenders will be available for anyone who has a sensitivity to noise. Younger visitors can try their hand at themed craft activities, explore a fun trail and take part in the challenge to catch the dastardly Guy Fawkes!

On 5 November at Leicester Racecourse, the Rainbows Firework Display offers a fantastic family friendly evening out. Last year’s event sold out before the day, so expect this year’s to follow suit. There are two incredible firework displays, both set to music and launched by a very special guest and friend of Rainbows! There is an early display for younger audience members with fewer loud bangs (but still plenty of stunning colours and large displays). The second display will not only light up the sky but will you have "oohh-ing", "ahhh-ing" and cheering. There will also be a funfair, a large selection of food and drink stalls, live music from the fabulous Motown Gold Frontline and the chance to meet Filbert Fox!

CONKERS’ Firework Spectacular 2022 is a two-night extravaganza of fireworks on 4 and 5 November which will be held at this amazing visit attraction in the National Forest. Billed as ‘the best fireworks display’, this show is a pyrotechnic exhibition that comes complete with laser dancers, fire breathers and a laser show. Tickets can be purchased now and it is best to do so early to avoid disappointment.

Following its spectacular comeback show which sold out last autumn, Leicestershire County Cricket Club is excited to be holding the stunning fireworks, light and laser display show once again. The fireworks evening will take place on Friday 4 November at the Upton Steel Ground. Gates will open at 5pm, along with the funfair, which will return with a new range of rides and attractions to keep the whole family entertained, while the fireworks display will start at 7.30pm. Visitors can look forward to lots of food stalls that will serve up candyfloss, toffee apples and sweets, as well as food vans with tasty hot food - perfect for wandering around the grounds with a beer in the hand!

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