​Where to see fireworks in and around Bury St Edmunds

If you're visiting Bury St Edmunds around bonfire night here’s our roundup of some of the best celebrations in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding towns and villages.

Bury St Edmunds RUFC - Friday 2nd November

One incredible firework event in town not enough? Head to the Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club Fireworks on Friday 2nd for more fireworks fun. Indoor and outdoor bars, food stalls, a funfair get the night started from 6pm, while fireworks light up the sky from 7.30pm. Pay at the gate (£5 for adults, children are free!) to join in the celebration.   

Pyrotechnics in Long Melford - Friday 9th November

The Big Night Out at Melford Hall Park is always hugely popular, not least for its giant bonfire complete with Guys made by local school children. This year’s event takes place on Friday 9th November: gates open at 6pm for hungry visitors to tuck into a barbeque, snacks and drinks before the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm and a fantastic choreographed fireworks display begins at 8pm.

Over 10,000 people are expected to attend this event organised by Project Seven, which aims to raise thousands of pounds for local charities. A large funfair, with rides for all ages, adds to the excitement. Tickets are available from Bobs Shop in Acton, Sparlings in Lavenham, Tudor Rose and Sheridans Estate Agents in Bury St Edmunds, The Bull Hotel, Cherry Lane Garden Centre, Landers Bookshop and Sheridans Estate Agents in Long Melford and Humphrey's Butchers in Clare. 

Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket - Saturday 3rd November

In the other direction on the A14 from Bury St Edmunds, the Saturday-held Bonfire Night Celebrations at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket are a favourite for many. Arrive at 6pm on Saturday 3rd November to enjoy the old-fashioned fun of the fair at the vintage fairground and see the traction engines in steam. Then find yourself a toasty spot by the bonfire, lit at 7pm, ahead of the fireworks display at 7.30pm. The Museum’s Osier Café team cooks outside throughout the evening to feed the hungry crowds.

Boxford Fireworks and Lantern Parade - Saturday 28th October

The Boxford Fireworks and Lantern Parade take place on Saturday 28th October.  The lantern parade begins at 6.30pm in the village and ends at the playing fields, where an impressive fireworks display can be enjoyed at 7.45pm. Tickets are available at Alan Leeder Butchers and Boxford Post Office. 

Lanterns in Lavenham - Saturday 3rd November

Rather than compete with Long Melford’s firework bonanza, the National Trust invites visitors to join a guided Lantern Walk around Lavenham on Saturday 3rd November to see the beautiful timber framed buildings of this medieval village. 

Lavenham is one of the best preserved medieval villages in England. The rich cloth merchants who lived here were some of the wealthiest in the country, leaving behind a unique legacy of buildings. One of the experienced guides, will escort you round to look at the village by lantern light, telling the stories of Lavenham through time, before heading to the Guildhall for hit drinks and home-made cakes.

Bury St Edmunds Firework Spectacular - Saturday 3rd November -  CANCELLED


On Saturday 3rd November, the Bury St Edmunds Fireworks Spectacular will once again wow the crowds in the Abbey Gardens, lighting up the ancient ruins in a unique technicolour display. The fireworks start at 7.30pm but the gates open at 5:30pm for merrymakers to enjoy fairground rides and entertainment while warming themselves with tasty treats from the many food and drink stalls.

Organised by the Bury St Edmunds Round Table, this renowned event draws around 5,000 visitors and raises thousands of pounds for local charities and good causes. Advance saver tickets are available from, Tesco, Sainsbury, Croasdales, Sheridans and in The Apex! Suffolk Mind, BBC Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds Dementia Hub and Sheridans Estate Agents. 

You can put some extra sparkle in your evening at The Angel Hotel, with a fabulous feast! It’s the perfect fuel for the Fireworks Night. The hotel's award-winning chefs have been working hard to create a special menu for the evening; enjoy 2 courses for £25 or 3 courses for £29 — plus a complimentary drink. Click here to book a table!

Other popular events...

Many of the towns and villages surrounding Bury St Edmunds organise their own events to mark Bonfire Night.

In Sudbury, the Delphi Centre  will be holding a free fireworks display from 6.30pm on Saturday 4th November (gates open at 5.30pm), selling food and drinks from a licensed bar.

Over in Thetford, a fantastic free family event will be held at Barnham Cross Common on Sunday 4th November from 3.00pm. A children’s firework display will delight younger visitors from 5.45pm, and an adult’s display begins at 7.30pm. Fairground rides, sideshows and charity stalls add to the fun.

Details and times for all of the above may be subject to change so check local listing before you set off, and don’t forget to wrap up warm!