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17 Sep, 2021
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Alexandra Palace Fireworks: Everything you Need to Know

Alexandra Palace is one of the most sought after destinations on Fireworks Night. With live music, street food, rides, and of course some of the most impressive fireworks on the London skyline, it’s an experience everyone should enjoy.

But that’s not all, visitors to Alexandra Palace during the two-day Bonfire Night fireworks festival can catch film screenings in the Victorian theatre, have a go at ice skating on the glistening rink in the park, and enjoy a taste of Bavaria at the German bier festival—the largest in the UK! Ally Pally’s fireworks festival has been running for over 150 years and only gets bigger and better each November. Find out everything you need to know about getting there and getting the most out of it here.

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The Important Details

With so much going on, one day isn’t long enough so the festival spans two days. Find the Alexandra palace fireworks time for each day and start times for all other events here, as well as ticket information.

Starting Times

Friday, November 5th: 5:00 pm11:00 pm

Bier festival: begins at 6:00 pm

Ice skating: available from 4:30 pm

Bonfire: lit at approximately 7 pm

Lazer show: begins at 8:30 pm

Fireworks: begin half an hour after the end of the laser show

Saturday, November 6th: 4:00 pm11:00 pm

Bier festival: begins at 4:00 pm

Ice skating: available from 4:30 pm

Bonfire: lit at approximately 6 pm.

Lazer show: begins at 7:30 pm

Fireworks: begin half an hour after the end of the laser show

Buying Tickets

Buy Alexandra palace fireworks tickets from the official website.

Early bird tickets are available but they tend to sell out quickly so book as soon as you can. Early bird tickets are £8.50 for adults and £6.50 for children, with children under 10 only £1 each. Those that need assisted access can purchase tickets for the accessible viewing area, which include an assistant ticket, accessible parking permit, and a designated viewing spot for the same price as a regular ticket.

For those that want to watch the film screenings in the cinema, tickets are £10 for adults and £6 for children (this is on top of the normal £8.50/£6.50 admission to the festival.

Covid-19 Restrictions

In line with government guidance, entry to the festival is subject to showing a Covid Pass or a negative lateral flow test result. Visitors will be expected to show their Covid Pass or evidence of a negative lateral flow test on entry. Order lateral flow tests here.

How to Get There

Alexandra Palace is situated in North London, Zone 3, between Muswell Hill and Wood Green and is easily accessible via car and public transport links. The Palace and grounds are fully accessible for those with disabilities.

By Car

East Court car park is free to use with a suggested donation of £3 to help out with its running costs. The car park is expected to be very busy on Friday and Saturday, so early arrival is more likely to guarantee you a spot. Parking further away and jumping on the tube or bus would help you to avoid the queues and traffic jams leading up to the park.

Blue Badge parking is available at East Court, spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

By Taxi

For those coming and leaving via taxi, there is an accessible drop-off/pick up location outside the main entrance. The traffic team at the park will help direct you or your taxi driver to this point.

By Train

Alexandra Palace train station is only a 13-minute walk away, located at the Wood Green entrance to the park. Services run regularly direct from Moorgate or Kings Cross with a change at Finsbury Park.

By Tube

The nearest tube station to Alexandra Park is Wood Green, which is approximately a 25-minute walk from the park. The station is on the Picadilly line. For those who do not want to walk, the W3 bus from bus stop A will take you up the hill to the palace.

By Bus

The W3 bus goes from Finsbury Park and Tottenham all the way to Alexandra Palace Ice Rink and Palm Court.

What to Expect

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Out of all the London fireworks displays, Alexandra Palace offers one of the most popular destinations. Expect to have your socks blown off with cult classic films in Victorian grandeur, pumping DJ sets, a taste of traditional Bavaria, and of course, a night sky filled with fireworks like you’ve never seen before.

You can also enjoy a wide selection of street food stalls to suit any taste, ice skating on the Palace Ice Rink, and a giant bonfire to warm up next to.

Get revved up to watch the fireworks Ally Pally has to offer as they burst and sparkle over the Palace grounds to a specially curated musical soundtrack. In 2019 music was contributed by Rob Da Bank, Radio 1 and BBC6 Music presenter. The build-up to the first firework shots will be an awesome laser light show across the palace front and a massive bonfire topped with a 30-foot effigy.

Bier Festival

The bier festival at Alexandra Palace is the largest in the UK, with 6,000 patrons enjoying drinks served by waitresses in Bavarian costumes. Expect musical entertainment in the form of tribute bands to take the stage and carry the party.

Cinema

Luna Cinema is responsible for cinema screenings across both Friday and Saturday against the dramatic backdrop of the traditional Victorian theatre. Get cosy indoors to enjoy screenings of cult classics supplemented by drinks and snacks from the theatre bar.

Ice Skating

That festive feeling is just around the corner when you try your hand at ice skating on the Palace Ice Rink. Book in advance to take to the glittering ice rink and enjoy the feeling of floating, surrounded by the lights of the Palace grounds.

Can I View the Ally Pally fireworks for Free?

Alexandra Palace is one of London's highest vantage points, so viewing the Alexandra Park fireworks (or, ‘Alexander’ Palace fireworks as some incorrectly call them!) from outside of the Palace grounds shouldn’t be a problem as long as you don’t mind missing the rest of the fun. There are a number of green spaces around Alexandra Palace that make viewing the fireworks easy, including:

  • Wood Green Common
  • Bluebell Wood
  • Priory Park
  • Crouch End Playing Fields
  • Springfield Community Park
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