Top 5 Places to Enjoy Bonfire Night in Cornwall

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Each year Cornwall’s night sky comes to life with a bang, lit up by merry clusters of eye-popping fireworks. Wherever you may be – bustling seaside town, picturesque harbour village or sleepy hamlet – you can be sure local ale will be on tap nearby while the smell of hog roast wafts through a crowd of expectant onlookers bundled up in coats and scarves. Yes. Cornwall isn’t one for celebrating annual traditions by half measures, and Guy Fawkes Night is definitely one for the diary. Wherever you may find yourself in Cornwall, you won’t be far from sparklers and Catherine wheels. Here’s a rundown of our favourite places to enjoy the fireworks in Cornwall.

Trebarwith Festival of Lanterns – 2nd November

A unique twist on the usual fireworks night celebrations, the ‘Festival of Lanterns’, now in its 5th year, attracts over 700 people. Homemade lanterns of all shapes and sizes will light up this corner of north Cornwall, from jam jars and pumpkins to Chinese paper lanterns. Join in the procession from Treknow to The Mill House where bushes and hedgerows will be lit up in ornate illumination. Guests can enjoy the beautiful lanterns, BBQ, hog roast, mulled wine and live music before the grand finale firework display begins at 7:00pm. As well as the food being laid on especially for the evening, The Mill House Inn will be serving up its usual fare of locally sourced cuisine. Make a holiday of it and stay just down the road at The Yellow Cottage. 

Polperro Harbour – 2nd November

Picturesque Polperro will once again host their incredibly popular Guy Fawkes celebrations. The fireworks will sit against the backdrop of Peak Rock and light up the harbour, whilst the bonfire will be lit on the beach. A children’s Guy Fawkes competition will be taking place by the fish market at 7:00pm, but make sure you get there early to enjoy the delicious local food and BBQ and to get a good viewing spot!

Falmouth Cricket Club – 5th November

Famed for hosting the biggest annual fireworks event display every year, the Falmouth Cricket Club is organised by Falmouth Firefighters and saw £6,500 worth of explosives rocket into the sky last year. Complete with fire-eaters, fairground rides and refreshments, this is a definite must-see if you’re in the area. Stay nearby at Ednovean House.  

Penzance Magpies Football Ground – 5th November

The annual charity fireworks display organised by the Penzance Rotary Club will be taking place at the AFC grounds on Tuesday 5th November. Onlookers can enjoy live music by the Samba Celtica Band and fill up on hog roast before the main event kicks off at 7:30pm. All money raised goes to the Rotary’s chosen charity.

Mousehole Harbour South Pier – 5th November

Taking place with the picturesque harbour of Mousehole as the backdrop, the Mousehole harbour fireworks are taking place by kind permission of the Mousehole Harbour Commissioners. With celebrations due to start at approximately 7:30pm, the fireworks display sees the start of a busy season for the popular harbour village, who’s famed Mousehole Christmas Lights are celebrating their 50th year on 14th December. Live like a local overlooking Mousehole at Porth Enys House.

Have fun and stay safe wherever you enjoy the fireworks this year, and make sure you take plenty of photographs.