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Bonfire Night and Fireworks Events Cancelled In Manchester 2023

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5 Oct 2023

It has been confirmed that the big free organised bonfire events across Manchester including Heaton Park have been cancelled for 2023.

Manchester City Council has confirmed that their organised bonfire and firework events across Manchester parks have been cancelled for the forth year running. 

The Council have indicated that the decision is due to the escalating costs of running the bonfire night events, have all led to the decision to not run the popular events for 2023. 

For details about other Greater Manchester Councils bonfire events see below!

Where do the Manchester City Council Bonfire events usually take place? 

Bonfire fireworks Manchester

In previous years Manchester City Council has run free bonfire night events at the following parks:

  • Heaton Park in Prestwich,
  • Debbdale Park in Gorton,
  • Platt Fields in Fallowfield,
  • Crumpsall Park in Crumpsall,
  • Wythenshawe Park in Wythenshawe,
  • Brookdale Park
  • Ethiad Stadium near Manchester City Centre.

It has now been confirmed that these bonfire night celebrations will not be going ahead for 2022. 

Discover More >>> Bonfire Night Events Across Manchester Will Be Going Ahead

Why Are Manchester City Council Cancelling the Bonfire Night events for 2023. 

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In revealing the decision in a statement today the Council have said due to the continuing pressure on budgets they want to put focus on ‘bespoke” community activities this autumn and winter including Halloween In The City and The Christmas Parade. 

However, this means that the free bonfire event at Heaton Park and across the area will not be going ahead this year. 

In a statement released from the council today they said:

“As Halloween and Bonfire Night approach, we want to remind residents that council-organised bonfire events will again not be taking place in our parks this year.

“We have looked carefully at the cost-benefit of putting on these huge bonfire events and with the continuing rising costs and pressure on our budgets, we feel that our focus, like last year, should be on delivering a bespoke programme of autumn and winter park activities for local communities starting with half-term in late October

“We received positive feedback from delivering smaller-scale events in parks, that concentrated on what local communities wanted, last year and we will continue to do the same again this year.

“We want to support families through the cost-of-living crisis and feel that this is much better way to target resources by providing a programme of events, whether that is sports and physical activity, arts and crafts, educational activities or initiatives that provide free or low-cost food, that are relevant and meaningful to residents in their local neighbourhoods.

“We will continue to work with our partners to ensure that all our residents stay safe this season.”

Will other Greater Manchester Councils be running bonfire events for 2023? 

Queens Park Heywood Bonfire and Fireworks event

Rochdale Borough Council has confirmed that their three Rochdale bonfire night events will be going ahead for 2023. 

Salford City Council has also confirmed that their bonfire events in Salford at Buile Hill and Prince’s Park will be back.  

And Oldham County Council is also running their Oldham Edge Bonfire Event. 

Where can you find details of Bonfire Night events across Manchester? 

To help you find the perfect bonfire night event for you and your family we have put together our top picks of places you can celebrate across Greater Manchester; 

Manchester bonfire events 

Bonfire and Firework displays in Stockport

Salford Bonfire Night events 

Tameside Firework and Bonfire events 

Rochdale Bonfire Night events 

Trafford Firework and Bonfire nights event

Bonfire Night Events in Oldham 

Firework Displays and Bonfires in Wigan 

Rochdale Bonfire and Firework Events 

Bonfire Night and Firework Displays in Bolton 


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