The East Midlands’ biggest bonfire and firework celebration will take place at the Forest Recreation Ground next Tuesday evening (5 November). The biggest free fireworks event in the city was attended by over 40,000 people last year and similar numbers are anticipated.

There is a whole evening of entertainment on offer. The event kicks off with the return of the popular funfair. Attractions are provided by the Mellors Group. Gates open at 5.30pm. The children’s fireworks display starts at 7.15 with the enormous bonfire being lit at 7.45pm.

The main fireworks display will take place at 9pm. There will be time to continue to enjoy the atmosphere until the site closes at 10.30pm.

Members of the public are asked not to bring their own fireworks or sparklers.

There is no parking on site (except Blue Badge holders)

Those looking for a different way of seeing the display could try the Bonfire Night Bonanza at Homemade Café on Forest Recreation Ground. The local café is throwing an exclusive Bonfire Night Party in the heart of the Forest Recreation Ground Firework Display, this year in collaboration with Nottingham Street Food.

There are two sittings:

  • Sitting 1 from 5.30pm is for the children’s display at 7.15pm and ends at 7.30pm
  • Sitting 2 from 7.30pm includes the main display at 9pm and is open to over 14s only.

Tickets are available in timed slots. A ticket includes:

  • Great view of the park for the fireworks display
  • Street food from Homemade and recent Euro street food champions – Homeboys
  • DJs
  • Face painting

Including booking fees, tickets cost £12 for adults, and £7.60 for ages 6-14. Under 6s go free. Visit to book tickets

The event is easily accessible by bus or tram. Use the City Council’s journey planner to find the best route at

As the attraction is hugely popular with locals and visitors alike there’ll be no parking on site, so people heading for the event are being encouraged to travel by public transport.

Night access to the park and ride facilities at The Forest will be restricted to blue badge holders only, but NET is laying on frequent tram services throughout the evening to help make sure nobody misses out on the fun.

From 3pm, trams will run every eight and a half minutes until 8pm and then at 10 minute intervals until 11pm.

NET tram’s £5 group ticket allows unlimited travel for one or two adults and up to three children from 4pm on weekdays. Tickets can be purchased on the platform ot payments can also be made on the new NETGO App.

For those taking the bus, NCT Brown, Lime, Yellow and Purple Line buses all stop at Forest Recreation Ground. A £6 Grouprider covers unlimited travel for up to 5 people (min 1 adult, max 2 adults) after 09:30 for travel to and from Bonfire Night.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “What better way to mark Bonfire Night than visiting the East Midlands’ biggest free display? Nottingham City Council is proud to provide this incredibly popular free event and celebration in one of our best loved parks. We hope everyone has a brilliant, and most importantly very safe evening and look forward to seeing everybody enjoying themselves at the Forest Recreation ground.”