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Bonfire Night in Manchester 2016

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We all know the rhyme, and we all know the date. But where is all the fun? As Bonfire Night approaches this weekend, Humanity Hallows has done the hard work for you and comprised a list of some of the best events to celebrate in Manchester.

By Benjamin Francis Cassidy & Wayne Finnigan

Platt Fields

A firm favourite with students, the hugely popular Platt Fields event opens at 5pm with a funfair featuring  all of your childhood favourites: Waltzer-Cars, Dodgems, and a giant spinning wheel. You can take your pick from the usual stalls to win prizes from hook-a-duck to basketball. The bonfire will be lit at 7:30pm but if watching a giant fire isn’t your thing, you can just enjoy the atmosphere and grab yourself some hot food or candy floss from one of the many huts on site. The main event will see the South Manchester skies become a night-time rainbow, as rockets, bangers, and streamers all play their part. Who doesn’t love a firework display? Whether with family, friends, or perhaps enjoying the romance of it all with that special someone in your life, it’s there to be enjoyed by all!

Platt Fields Park, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6LA

Heaton Park

For those who live North of the city, Heaton Park offers one of the biggest firework displays and bonfires in Manchester. As well as a whole host of fantastic fireworks, Heaton Park also hosts a funfair and a vast array of stalls offering treats that will make your mouth water. Heaton Park is one of the three major council run bonfire displays in the area. You can travel via Metrolink from Piccadilly Gardens onto the Bury line and get off at Heaton Park. The route is signposted and you’ll have plenty of company on the way as the crowds make their way to the park.

Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, M25 2SW

Chorlton: The Horse and Jockey Pub

The Horse and Jockey in Chorlton hosts two bonfire displays this Saturday, with the first display starting at 7pm for the kids, followed by a second to keep the adults entertained at 9pm. Throughout the whole night there is a BBQ and an outside bar available. Nothing beats having a nice cold drink with a BBQ style burger, while watching an array of fantastic fireworks brighten up the night sky in this friendly atmosphere.

Horse and Jockey, 9 Chorlton Green, Chorlton, M21 9HS

Wythenshawe Park

In the South of Manchester, Wythenshawe Park holds a firework show and a huge bonfire alongside a fair, attracting hundreds of people every  year. The fair itself is a spectacular feature and will make you feel like a kid again. Test your aim throwing a ball against tin cans or checkout the rides. If you’re not one for fairground amusements you can always grab a burger or a hotdog and watch the huge bonfire and the magical array of fireworks.

Wythenshawe Park, Wythenshawe Road, M23 0AB

intu Trafford Centre

The Trafford Centre has been a host to epic firework displays for the past decade or so, and is an ideal place for those who want to stay warm or do a bit of shopping beforehand. The display begins in Barton Square at 6.30pm, choreographed to a musical soundtrack. You can either carpool it to this one, or take the X50 bus direct from Piccadilly Gardens.

intu Trafford Centre, Barton Square, M17 8AA

With plenty of displays to chose from in Manchester and the surrounding areas, you’re sure to have a brilliant night. Bonfire Night is an amazing way to meet new people and for societies and communities to join together. And the extra bit of good news is that Bonfire Night falls on a Saturday this year, so you can stay out afterwards and not have to worry about lectures the next day!

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