Nothing makes the long, cold nights of November more enjoyable than the combination of fireworks, hot food, good company and a big fire.
The bad news is that Bonfire Night is going to look a little different this year - as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many big council displays have been cancelled, including Leeds', so smaller displays in new locations are the order of the day.
The good news is that there are plenty to choose from in and around Leeds - let's have a look at some of the best.
For a family-friendly night out, look no further. With plenty of food and drinks available, as well as music and, of course, fireworks, this is sure to be popular so get there early to avoid disappointment as admittance is strictly limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Doors open on Friday, November 5th, at 18:00, the show begins at 18:30 and entry is free!
The Hunslet Club, Hillidge Road, Hunslet, Leeds. LS10 1BP.
Although this charmingly quaint pub isn't putting on a fireworks display, its large beer garden will be hosting a bonfire, fire breathers, stilt walkers and sparklers for the kids/adults who can't help themselves, in addition to a wide variety of street food. What's not to like?
Doors open on Friday, November 5th, at 18:00. £5 entry.
Hare & Hounds, 7 Batley Road, Tingley, Wakefield. WF3 1DU.
For those with young kids in tow and an early finish in mind, look no further. The GSSC's event begins at 15:30 - meaning you can head there straight from school - and includes a best Guy competition, pie and peas or hotdogs around the numerous fire pits and a family quiz. Perfect for those who prefer their Guy Fawkes night on the quieter side.
Gledhow Sports & Social Club, Gledhow Lane, Roundhay, Leeds. LS8 1NQ.
Overlooking the famous Yeadon Tarn, this annual fireworks display is one of the area's most anticipated events. One of the more traditional displays taking place this year, the night begins with a huge bonfire and ends with an excellent fireworks display. If that's not enough, the club also boasts a suitably well-stocked bar and a variety of street foods will also be available.
Doors open at 18:00 on Saturday, November 6th. £5 entry.
Yeadon Cricket Club, High Street, Yeadon, Leeds. LS19 7TA.
Ideal for large families with kids of different ages, West Park Leeds RUFC's Bonfire Night spectacular consists of activities for kids, numerous food stalls, a bar, a bonfire and a fireworks display.
Doors open at 18:00, the bonfire is lit at 18:30 and the fireworks take to the sky at 19:15 on Saturday, November 6th. £6 entry.
West Park Leeds RUFC, The Sycamores, Bramhope, Leeds. LS16 9JR.
Taking place at Wetherby Sports Association, this is the destination for diehard fireworks fans. Not only will there be face painting, street food, a bonfire and a no-expense-spared fireworks display, there are also fairground rides and live music!
Doors open at 17:30 on Saturday, November 6th, with the lighting of the bonfire scheduled for 19:00. £5 entry.
Wetherby Sports Association, The Club House, Lodge Lane, Wetherby. LS22 5FN.
It goes without saying that people should be extra cautious at any location where there is a big fire and lots of fireworks but, for the avoidance of doubt, here are some bonfire night dos and don'ts:
With the spectre of Covid-19 still looming large, you should also continue to maintain social distancing measures, wear a face mask when indoors or in crowded areas and wash your hands regularly.
Unfortunately, there is also the risk that events may be cancelled at any time. If the bonfire you were hoping to attend is called off, this article from one of the UK's Fire & Rescue Services has some brilliant ideas that will keep you and the kids entertained long into the evening.
There are many other events taking place around Leeds so hopefully everyone will find something to suit their needs and have an enjoyable Bonfire Night 2021.
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