Six of the Best: Bonfires in Leeds (on Nov 5 or after)

Towneley Bonfire Night takes place on Saturday
Towneley Bonfire Night takes place on Saturday
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Many of the large organised bonfires are taking place on Friday November 4 but here are still plenty of events marking Bonfire Night and later on in the week. Neil Hudson rounds up six of the best.


Picture by Allan McKenzie/YP - 05/11/2014 - Press - Roundhay Park Bonfire - Roundhay Park, Leeds, England - The Roundhay bonfire fireworks display.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YP - 05/11/2014 - Press - Roundhay Park Bonfire - Roundhay Park, Leeds, England - The Roundhay bonfire fireworks display.

Voted Best Pub in Leeds by Welcome to Yorkshire in 2014 and fourth favourite in 2013, the Chemic Tavern is known for its sense of community and live music and usually has something going on every night of the week. November 5 is no exception. This year they will be lighting their bonfire at 7.30pm.

It will be a more intimate affair than any of the large scale events organised by Leeds City Council, with the added bonus of being at a pub. As if that wasn’t good enough, entry is free. The pub will also be open until 1am tonight, so you needn’t worry about an early night.


Starting at 5pm and going on until 11pm, this is being billed as a family friendly event. Organisers said they have built on the success of last year’s bonfire and want to make this one even better.

Watching an organised firework display is just common sense.

Watching an organised firework display is just common sense.

There will be pie and peas, toffee apples and fireworks display at 7pm and the fire lit from 6pm. Entry is free but donations to various charity boxes would be appreciated on the night.

If anyone has any wood they would like to get rid of, then drop the club a line via their facebook page or call in and they will arrange for it to be collected.


The bonfire at The Abbey Inn is one of those events which seems to get bigger and better with each passing year. Held on the car park next to the pub, it’s in an ideal location, because as the night gets going, crowds spill out onto the surrounding roads, all of which are pretty much traffic free, owing to its location, right down in the bottom of the valley and just a stone’s throw from the River Aire.

This year’s event will kick off at about 6pm on the big day , there will be food (pie and peas from 5pm) and drink (all night) and fireworks at 7.30pm.


The Mustard Pot has a long and distinguished history and while it doesn’t date quite as far back as the actual Gunpowder Plot (1605), it’s not far off, starting life as a manor house, south facing and surrounding by rolling fields.

Now, of course, its part of the conurbation of Chapel Allerton but still manages to retain its sense of grandeur. This is a free event with food available to buy, including homemade chilli or pie and peas. There will even be parkin and Pimm’s. And the festivities will begin at around 4pm, so plenty of time to enjoy the night.


Stockeld Park is located off the A661 near

Wetherby (LS22 4AN) and so is easy to get to if you fancy a drive out.

It will also have one of the biggest fireworks displays you are likely to see. The event is not free but tickets are an affordable £5.50 per person or £20 for a family of four.

The park itself, which has a wealth of activities for children and adults, will be opening at 2.30pm today, with food and drink available to buy on the day.

Book your tickets online at and don’t forget to try out the giant bouncy pillows.


This will be the 23rd annual South Milford bonfire and fireworks display and for all of those who might be unable to attend events this weekend, it means you will still be able to enjoy all of the fun. The ticketed event kicks off at 5.30pm, with tickets costing £7 for adults (under 5s free).

The fireworks are renowned for being big and beautiful and can be seen for miles around. While you are in the area, there are plenty of other places to see, not least of which is The Queen o’ t’owd Thatch restaurant, The Crooked Billet, The Crown Inn and the Swan Hotel.