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Bonfire Night events in Cornwall 2023

Crackling fires, dazzling displays, mulled wine… oh how we love this season, especially the yearly delights of bonfire night!

The impressive firework display on Porthminster beach in St Ives, one of the many bonfire night events in Cornwall

There are dozens of bonfire events and fantastic fireworks displays taking place all over Cornwall in 2023, ensuring we all remember remember the 5th of November! From small community gatherings to big and bold bobby-dazzlers, whatever your preference you’re sure of an ooh-ahh-mazing time.

So wrap up warm and head out under the stars to watch explosions of colour light up the night skies, eat toffee apples, and write messages with a sparkler (oh yes, sparklers are for adults too!).

Get your fire-party started with our round-up of the best bonfire night events in Cornwall…


The annual bonfire at The Badger Inn in Lelant

Friday the 27th of October, 6pm
The Badger Inn, Fore Street, Lelant, St Ives TR26 3JT

Combining the spooktacular fun of Halloween with the dizzying delights of bonfire night, this seasonal extravaganza is set to thrill every ghoul and guest. Dance away to DJ Phil Greet’s boogie-worthy tunes and make sure the kids are dressed up in their frightful best as the fancy dress competition is always a good show. A crackling bonfire to help remember gunpowder, treason and plot will be lit around 7pm with the whoosh and bang of fireworks following shortly after. Burgers, hot dogs, and mulled cider will ensure your insides stay nice and toasty, while the outside bottle bar will keep you feeling refreshed.


Saturday the 4th of November, 7.30pm
Tencreek Holiday Park, Polperro Road, Looe PL13 2JR

Head over to Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe for an evening of bright lights, good food, and oodles of excellent entertainment, from cabaret to bingo. Watch the fireworks light up the night sky and the kids’ faces, and chow down on a delicious hog roast that will warm you from the inside out. The kids will love meeting Deano the Dolphin and Sparky the Sharky and everyone will enjoy basking in the colourful glow of the fireworks display. Kids under 16 go free and adults are £6 a ticket.

Lappa Valley Railway

Fireworks over the engine house at Lappa Valley

Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th of October, 5.30pm
Lappa Valley Railway, St Newlyn East, Newquay TR8 5LX

There aren’t many fireworks displays in Cornwall where you can arrive by steam train, making Lappa Valley Railway a wonderfully unique experience. Once you step off the train at the historic engine house, you can take the kids into the soft play area before heading outside to enjoy the dramatic and dazzling display of fireworks. Hot food, snacks and drinks can be found at the Engine Shed Café, and glow sticks, glasses and headbands are available too for the little (and fully grown) ones to play with.

St Agnes

Sunday the 5th of November, 5.30pm
Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes

The Driftwood Spars Hotel in Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes is excited to host its legendary bonfire night once more. This free event is always lots of fun, with children's entertainment, food stalls, toffee apples, mulled wine and cider, as well as the fantastic firework display and bonfire. Head to the St Agnes Sports Club for the Park and Ride and enjoy your beachside bonfire in style!



Sunday the 5th of November, 5pm
Priory Park Football Park, Priory Road, Bodmin PL31 2AE

Throwing even more awe into an already awesome night, the Bodmin bonfire night boasts big fires, grand fireworks and lasers! A fair will keep the kids thoroughly entertained while the food and drink stalls keep everyone wonderfully well-fed. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children in advance (you can pick them up at Morrisons, Bodmin Football Club and Bricknells in Wadebridge) or £6 and £4 at the gate (respectively).


Fireworks lighting up the night sky in Cornwall

Saturday the 4th of November, 5pm
NQY Sports Centre, Tretherras Road, Yeoman Way, Newquay TR7 2SL

Newquay’s biggest bonfire night bash, NQY Fireworks 2023 is set to be the grandest yet! Six bars will keep every guest topped up, while five food vendors offer a smorgasbord of tasty treats. The kids will love the inflatable fun fair and the 30ft cinema screen while the adults can get stuck into the afterparty – not to mention the beer festival during the day! Tickets are £2.50 for adults and children go free, so make sure to book your ticket ahead of time.


Sunday the 5th of November, 6pm

Plume of Feathers, Mitchell, Newquay TR8 5AX

Enjoy the flickering warmth of the bonfire as you cradle a mulled cider in your hands at the Plume of Feathers' welcoming shindig. The bonfire lights at 6.30pm, while the vibrant fireworks display kicks off at 7.30pm, providing a spectacular show worthy of many 'Oos and Ahhs'. Tickets for adults are £5, with kids going free, and an outdoor bar is ready to ply you with refreshments alongside mouth-watering pulled pork burgers.

Excited to spend bonfire night in Cornwall? Check out our beautiful holiday cottages in Cornwall and get those sparklers at the ready!

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