Cambridge Firework Display 2023: Midsummer Common, 7pm.


Cambridge Bonfire Night: Time & Location

Cambridge’s annual bonfire and firework display will be held Saturday 4th of November, on Midsummer common. The first firework will be set off at 7pm and the bonfire lit after the display has finished. A range of food and drink stalls will be available between 6 – 10pm. 

Getting Here

One of the largest free displays in East Anglia, last year’s display attracted over 20,000 people, so be prepared for large crowds in the surrounding area and guaranteed traffic congestion. Although there are a number of car parks within walking distance, these are likely to fill up quickly. The best option for parking would be to make use of the Park and Ride Service, which will be running an extended timetable for the event. 

The main sponsor for this year’s event will be Illumia, an American bio-science company with offices in Cambridge. The fireworks will be provided by Pains Firework, who have been supplying fireworks for over 150 years. 

Viewing Locations

For the best atmosphere, watching the fireworks amongst the crowds of excited spectators on Midsummer common is a must. However, there are a few alternative locations to view the fireworks for those attempting to avoid such large groups of people. The fireworks can also be viewed for free on Castle Hill or Elizabeth Way bridge. Both sites will fill up fast so best to arrive early. Another location to view the fireworks is the Varsity Hotel rooftop bar, allowing you to enjoy the display with a warming cocktail in hand. 

An English Tradition dating back since 1606, which commemorates the failed conspiracy attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament the year Effigy of Guy Fawkes, the most well known conspirator, is thrown onto a burning fire each year, even though his real execution involved being hung, drawn and quartered. 

Pre-Firework Punting?

With the display taking place on Midsummer common, it provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy a punting tour with us beforehand  Our tours begin from Jesus Green, which is just a stone’s throw from where the firework display will take place on Midsummer common. Our tours provide the perfect opportunity to admire beautiful autumnal gardens and college architecture before enjoying the magnificent firework display.

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