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Bonfire Night celebrations in Cardiff

0754 Fireworks & CastleIt's that time of year again. The temperatures start to drop, rain becomes more frequent (even by Cardiff standards), but don't worry, it's time for some fireworks to brighten up the November nights! Christmas is coming but before getting all wrapped up in hunting for presents, relax and rejoice for Guy Fawkes Night is at our door.

For those who haven't heard yet the daily, or should I say nightly bonfires we can witness during the week leading to Bonfire night, 5th November is nigh. We have had rain for Halloween, let’s hope Guy Fawkes Night won’t be a damp squib but will go off with a bang.

The bold and fearless will create their own displays with the devices you can buy in supermarkets or special shops, whereas the others will simply relax and appreciate public shows. If you’re more adventurous, you can create your own bonfire barbecue with your friends, have some potatoes, some soup and sausages or more and above all, have fun and enjoy the firework displays lighting up the sky all over the country.

If you feel like going out, wherever you live I bet you have bonfire celebrations nearby. Brace yourself, for the weekend will be a busy one for fireworks lovers.

If you’re a Cardiff student, for award-winning fireworks you can go to Cooper’s Field Gardens on Saturday night from 4.30pm (do remember to book in advance if you want to save money on the ticket entrance). “Sparks in the Park” has been going on for 32 years now and is the biggest pyrotechnic display in Wales, don’t miss it! That will cost you £10 per adult and £20 for a family – against £6 per adult and £15 per family if bought in advance, and all proceeds are donated to local, national and international worthy causes. More than just entertainment and fireworks, Sparks in the Park also offers funfair rides, food stalls and plenty of attractions.

If you want to have fun on a budget, for a free alternative to these displays head to Caerphilly on Saturday night, 7pm, for an amazing show with the majestic castle in the background. A must see for fans of BBC Wales shows as the castle is a favourite feature in many BBC series such as Merlin and Doctor Who. It’s only a short drive or train journey away (15 minutes from Cardiff Queen Street), but remember that parking is very limited and the trains are packed due to its popularity. Collections are taken for charity, so if you appreciate the show, you might want to consider dropping a few quid in one of the tubs.

If you can’t get enough and are still asking for more go to Whitchurch for the Cardiff Harlequins RFC display on Sunday from 5.30 or go to Ty Glas avenue in Llanishen on Monday at 7pm.

If you are looking for yet another free display, the Rumney Big Band is for you. Just go to Greenway Primary School in Rumney on Sunday from 6pm for a night of music and entertainment for the whole family.

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