Homes with extra sparkle

Homes with extra sparkle

Every year Britain celebrates the anniversary of a foiled plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I by lighting bonfires and letting fireworks into the sky. If you can’t get enough of the exploding colours in the night sky, then we have the perfect properties for you.

The history of the celebration dates back to 1605 when Guy Fawkes and his 14 conspirators smuggled 36 barrels of gunpowder into a cellar beneath the House of Lords. If successful, the blast would have destroyed everything within 500 metres of the explosion.

Following the failed plot, Parliament declared that November 5th would be a national day of thanksgiving. Over time, tradition has changed and we now love Bonfire Night’s full of fantastic firework displays set to music, huge bonfires with a guy on top, and wrapping up warm for a fun autumn evening.

Read on to discover seven of the most popular firework displays in the UK, as well as beautiful properties located nearby.

1. Cambridge, Midsummer Common firework display

This event is family friendly and free. Midsummer Common is adjacent to the river Cam; you can even hire a punt and enjoy the fireworks whilst bobbing on the water. The display begins at 7.30pm, so visitors have plenty of time to enjoy a little shopping or dinner in the historic city centre.

Date: 5th November 

Time: 7.30pm

Comberton, Cambridgeshire, £575,000

Once associated with Wimpole Estate, this former Dovecot is now a unique, Grade II listed detached cottage. Just five miles from the city centre, yet situated in the relatively quiet village of Comberton, you can enjoy the best of both town and country worlds. 

2. Fireworks and Bonfire in Lewes, East Sussex

Claiming to be the largest “proper” bonfire night celebration of its kind in the UK, Lewes Bonfire Celebrations transform the usually peaceful country town of Lewes into a vibrant festival. It isn’t Bonfire Night as you might expect; one of the biggest draws is the historical processions through the town. Parades of people carry flaming torches towards the final bonfire and firework display to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night.

Date: 5th November


Grand Processions 8.00pm

Fireworks 9.30pm 

Barcombe, East Sussex, £1,795,000

This six-bedroom Barcombe home has been sensitively converted into a stunning home. Retaining many of the features from its previous life as a barn, the exceptional proportions offer light and space in abundance. 

3. Blists Hill, Shropshire

Blists Hill is a reconstructed late Victorian Town and when it comes to 5th November, the sky is spectacularly lit up as the townsfolk celebrate Guy Fawkes’ foiled Gunpowder Plot with a fantastic family fireworks display.

This combined event offers a glimpse into history as well as a display. From 6pm you can explore the town’s Victorian streets and atmospheric buildings before making your way down to the Village Green for the show. With residents in costume and shops in action, the demonstration element will add some real impact to your evening.

Gates open: 6.00pm

Fireworks: 7.30pm 

Lilleshall, Shropeshire. £1,350,000

This elegant period family residence is set in a mature estate. Retaining many original features and with the benefit of a contemporary oak framed Sun Room, this unique home would be ideally suited to a growing family – especially one a family who loves fireworks.  

4. Bristol, Zoo firework display

Bristol Zoo’s family-friendly fireworks provides great entertainment. Guests are entertained by a display of low-noise fireworks that will light up the night sky without frightening the animals or small children. 

Time: display at 5.45 

Bath Road, Bitton, £1,750,000


Set along a private lane, this five-bedroom detached home on the Bath Road offers an exceptional lifestyle opportunity in a quiet, private setting. With most of the space given to celebrating large family occasions and general entertaining, this generous family kitchen is a great place for a hot chocolate after enjoying the fireworks.  

5. Battersea Park Fireworks Display

Held at Battersea Park on November 5th, this year’s fireworks display will be set to music made by legends!  Get there when the gates open at 6pm for some food and be ready for the bonfire at 7.30pm 

Date: 5th November 

Time: Fireworks at 8.00pm 

Chelsea Vista, Battersea, £1,850,500

Located on the 9th floor of Chelsea Vista, this stylish two-bedroom apartment enjoys views from a private west-facing terrace towards Battersea Park – potentially the perfect location from which to enjoy the fireworks.  

Make sure you wrap up warm and keep safe during the firework celebrations on the 5th of November! 
3rd Nov 2016





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