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Dorset Fireworks and Bonfire Night Events for 2023

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Fireworks displays in Dorset for bonfire night

Remember, remember the 5th of November… If you’re looking for bonfire night fireworks displays in Dorset, you’re in the right place!

There are loads of fun bonfire night parties and activities across the county – from large-scale events with funfairs and food, to smaller, community-run events for a more intimate feel. Some are paid-for, but there are also many free bonfire nights to attend. Including some of the biggest – like the Weymouth Bay and Poole Quay fireworks nights.

We’ve rounded up all the bonfire night events across Dorset, with a handy map to help you quickly find your nearest. And it’s broken down into two sections: free events, and paid-for events, just to make things easier.

Most of these events are taking place on Friday 5th November, but some are a day before or after. The dates and times are all included below so do double-check when making your plans!

Grab your sparklers, wrap up warm, and get ready for some Guy Fawkes Night fun in Dorset this November…

UPDATE 2023: This post has been updated with all the latest information. Many events have been postponed due to the recent storms – the new dates are listed below, but always check the website or social media for updates about individual events.

Map – Find Your Nearest Bonfire Night Fireworks in Dorset

Dorset bonfire night fireworks displays map
Red = free events, purple = paid events

FREE Dorset Fireworks Displays for Bonfire Night

Date: 5th November 2023
Time: from 6pm – bonfire at 7:40pm, fireworks at 8pm
Location: Weymouth Seafront
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Every year on the 5th of November, Weymouth hosts one of the biggest free fireworks nights in Dorset. This year, the fun starts at 4pm with the family funfair on the Pavilion Forecourt, joining some traditional stalls and attractions on Weymouth Seafront.

At 6:45pm, the traditional children’s Guy Fawkes competition gets underway in the foyer of the Weymouth Pavilion.  Judging and prizes will be provided by the Weymouth Pavilion and the Alexandra Gardens Pleasure Grounds.

A popular highlight of the evening will of course be the lighting of the giant beach bonfire at 7:40pm, followed by the fantastic fireworks display in Weymouth Bay at 8pm.

Weymouth Bay Fireworks
Fireworks over the sea in Weymouth Bay

Date: 5th November 2023
Time: From 5pm, fireworks at 8pm
Location: Poole Quay, Poole, BH15 1BW
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Another huge, FREE firework night in Dorset – on the harbourside at on Poole Quay! The organisers say there’s no better way to spend bonfire night.

The party atmosphere starts from 5pm, with live music, family entertainment and activities. Then the big fireworks finale kicks off at 8pm.

Bonfire Night on Poole Quay
Guy Fawkes Night Fireworks on Poole Quay

Date: Saturday 4th November 2023
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Lyme Regis Beach
Price: Free – but please give generously in the collection buckets.
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Celebrate Bonfire Night with a fireworks display over the Cobb in Lyme Regis, followed by a bonfire on the beach.

Date: Saturday 11th November 2023
Time: 4pm-10pm
Location: East Beach Car Park, West Bay, Bridport, DT6 4EW
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Bonfire, fireworks, live bands, bar, and food on the beach at West Bay in Dorset. West Bay Days in association with Bridport Round Table are holding one of their most popular events: Bonfire on the Beach.

Entry is free but donations are very welcome as the event raises money for local groups and causes.

Bonfire Night

PAID Dorset Fireworks Displays for Bonfire Night

Date: 4th November 2023
Time: fireworks at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm
Location: Littledown Centre, BH7 7DX
Price: Adults from £10, see website for all prices
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Annual bonfire night at Littledown Centre in Bournemouth with not one but THREE fireworks displays! There will also be fire performers, live music and entertainment, a giant fun fair, and more.

Date: 10th November 2023
Time: 6pm fireworks at 7:15pm
Location: The Blandford School, Milldown Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7SQ
Price: Adults £7.50, children £4, family ticket £20
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Settle down with dinner from one of the many food stalls and enjoy a fabulous fireworks display on the grounds of The Blandford School.

Date: 11th November 2023
Time: 7:30pm – 9pm
Location: Sherborne Castle, DT9 5NR
Price: Adult £9, Children (Aged 5-16) £6, Senior Citizen £6. Various family tickets also available.
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Fireworks at the castle is an annual event managed and delivered by Smart Pyrotechnics Ltd & Smart Events. There are hot food and drink stalls, a bar, and a funfair in the grounds of Sherborne Castle.

“With a 25 minute full-on pyro-musical show choreographed and synchronised to a unique soundtrack this show will be one of the biggest firework displays in the South of England and most certainly Dorset.”

READ MORE: 9 Castles to Explore in Dorset

Date: 17th November 2023
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Location: Swanage and Wareham Rugby Club, Wareham BH20 4HY
Price: £5 – under 10s are free.

A Bonfire Night Extravaganza at Swanage and Wareham Rugby Club. Live music, fire shows, funfair, bar, food stalls, and BBQ – and to finish it all off a fireworks display.

Date: 17th November 2023
Time: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Leweston School, Sherborne, DT9 6EN
Price: Adults £9.50, children £6.50, under 3s free.

Expect another spectacular fireworks night at Leweston School. The evening will include live fireworks, bonfire, food stalls, music from Abbey 104. Bookings must be made in advance.

Date: Saturday 4th November 2023
Time: Gates open from 5pm, fireworks at 7pm
Location:  East Dorset Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Lower Parkstone, Poole, BH14 8BL
Price: Adults £8, children £5, under 2s go free.
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Bonfire night and fireworks display at the East Dorset Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. With food stalls, activities, a play area, a cake stall, and a bar. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Date: 3rd November 2023
Time: 5:30pm-11pm
Location:  The Three Tuns, Christchurch, BH23 8JH
Price: Adults £7, children £5, family tickets also available.
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Fundraising for Brangsore Primary School, the BSA Bonfire & Fireworks night is back! Hot food is available and their usual supply of snacks and novelty glow products will be on sale. Online bookings are encouraged.

Date: 21st October 2023
Time: Gates open at 5pm, fireworks at 7:30pm
Location: Broadstone Middle School, Poole BH18 8AE
Price: £7

Broadstone Middle School’s annual fireworks display is back. Expect a BBQ, music, fire performer, food stalls, competitions, a Scare Maze, and more… as well as some pretty fantastic fireworks, of course!

Date: cancelled due to weather
Time: NA
Location: Parsonage Farm DT2 7NB – Between Dewlish and Milborne St Andrew
Price: NA
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The annual bonfire night and fireworks display at Dewlish has unfortunately been cancelled due to the recent storms. Check their website for details of next year.

Do you know of any more fireworks displays or bonfire night events in Dorset? Leave us a comment and we’ll add them to the list!

2 thoughts on “Dorset Fireworks and Bonfire Night Events for 2023”

  1. Hi,
    We are holding our Bonfire Event again this year.
    Details are below many thanks;
    Dewlish Bonfire and Fireworks Night
    Saturday 6th November
    Parsonage Farm DT2 7NB – Between Dewlish and Milborne St Andrew
    Find us with What Three Words ///walked.finishing.cloak
    The annual bonfire night and fireworks display is back in Dewlish! This year we are lucky to again welcome Back To The Shack ( playing their foot-stomping blues/folk and classic Americana music.
    Before the fireworks begin, you can tap your feet whilst enjoying BBQ classics and a drink from our licensed bar. There’ll also be soup, hot drinks and cakes. For the little ones there will be free activities out of the cold in our marquee.
    The gates will be open at 5:30pm, bonfire lighting around 6:15pm, before the main fireworks display at 7.15pm.
    Tickets on the gate for two adults and up to three children will be £15, adults £5 and children £3. Under 4’s are free. Ample car parking on the site is free.

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