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Bonfire nights in Devon: 10 of the best firework displays

PUBLISHED: 12:20 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:20 11 October 2017

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Gather family and friends, wrap up warm and enjoy spectacular Bonfire Night celebrations across the county. We have chosen 10 of the best firework displays across Devon for you to enjoy

Ottery St Mary

For a Bonfire Night like no other, head to Devon’s little gem, Ottery St Mary, renowned for the quirky tradition of carrying large flaming barrels through the streets. Taking place on November 4, the tar barrel run is one of those rare events you must see before you die.

A week before the run, the barrels are bathed in tar so that they will stay lit as locals carry them throughthe streets, proudly representing their family name. As the day goes on the barrels get progressively larger and heavier, some even reaching 30 kilos for the strongest of local residents.

Westpoint Arena, Exeter

Exeter Round Table’s annual pyro-musical firework display returns with the 37th edition having plenty of fairground rides, food and drink stalls and plenty of opportunity to raise money for a number of amazing charities.

On Sunday November 5 the gates will open at 5:30pm and the skies will light up at 7:30pm. Advance tickets are available at a number of local stores: adults are £6, under-16s £4 and a family ticket is £16.

River Exe

Fancy a relaxing evening sailing down the River Exe while colourful firework displays explode above you? Well why not head to the river and enjoy some homemade soup (available on the boat) or a hot drink as you watch the fireworks from a slightly more serene vantage point, possibly in the warm, heated lower deck.

The voyage is approximately 1.5 hours long and sets sail at 7pm on both November 4 and 5. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and kids £5.

The Hoe, Plymouth

Home to Smeaton Tower, Plymouth Hoe is a large, delightful open space, hosting the spectacular annual firework display once again this November 5.

Radio Plymouth will be there to entertain crowds throughout the evening alongside fairground rides and refreshment stalls open from 4pm. The bonfire will keep you toasty from 7pm and then the evening will come to an end at about 9pm.

Rugby Club, Barnstaple

On Sunday November 5, the skies over Barnstaple will light up, creating colourful formations and an overall stunning firework display for North Devon. The bar will be open providing both alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments.

The rugby ground will open at 5:30pm and the firework display is due to start at 7pm. All the money will be donated to local community clubs, groups and charities. Tickets are available online and start at £5 for adults and £4 for kids.

Rugby Club, Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe are holding their firework display a little earlier than other events to tie in with their Halloween celebrations on Friday October 28. Enjoy popular music at the disco, delicious drinks at the bar, tasty BBQ treats, something indulgent at the sweet stand and don’t forget to enter the fancy dress competition.

Be ready as the event commences at 6:30pm and finishes at 10pm. Tickets are £3 for adults and £2 for under-16s with all proceeds going to the rugby club.

Atherington Children’s playing field

Gather family and friends on Saturday November 4 and surround yourself with the bright lights and bustling atmosphere at the Guy Fawkes celebrations on the village’s playing field.

The gates will open at 6pm, then at 7pm you will be wowed by the vibrant fireworks above you. At 7:30pm the bonfire will be lit to provide plenty of winter warmth. It is advised that you leave your sparklers at home for safety reasons. Adults are £4 and children £2.

The BIG Sheep, Bideford

Bideford promises a fun-filled event for the whole family on November 5. Starting with the junior fireworks at 6pm, the bonfire lighting will follow at 7pm and finally the event worth waiting for…the main firework display at 7:45!

There will a tasty range of food available including fresh to order burgers, chips, hot dogs, popcorn, toffee apples and candy floss - whatever you fancy your taste buds will certainly be satisfied! Adults are £5 and children under 3ft are free.

Woolacombe Meadows, Woolacombe

As November draws closer, Woolacombe is getting ready to host its fantastic bonfire night on Sunday November 5 from 6pm. Visitors will be treated to a hog roast and BBQ while a bar will be providing refreshments throughout the evening.

Fireworks will begin at 7:30pm and there will also be live music and face painting on offer. Adults are £5 and kids £3 with all money raised going to support local organisations like the football club, life-saving club and The Fireman’s Charity.

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Orestone Manor, Maidencombe

On Friday November 3, this hotel and restaurant will be hosting a special three-course dinner for their annual Bonfire Night celebrations. The event will start at 7pm with a bonfire that will keep you warm during the fresh, wintery evening.

The £45 a la carte menu includes pumpkin soup to start, supreme of Devon chicken vin jaune for a main and sticky toffee pudding with a side of fireworks to finish.

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