Lord Mayor’s Show, London (9 November)
There are plenty of firework displays in London tonight, but the best is on Saturday. The modern Lord Mayor’s show has its roots in a tradition from 1215, when the newly elected city mayor travelled upriver to Westminster to swear his loyalty to the king. These days a flotilla still sails up the Thames, followed by a street procession, then a giant firework display. The riverside between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges is the best place to watch the show.
• Free, flotilla at 8.30am, procession at 11am, fireworks at 5pm, lordmayorsshow.org
Midsummer Common, Cambridge (5 November)
Lovely Midsummer Common in central Cambridge attracts 25,000 people to its annual fireworks display. The pyrotechnics are followed by the lighting of the bonfire, and there are fire dancers and a funfair until 10pm.
• Free (though donations of at least £1 are encouraged), fair from 6pm, fireworks at 7.30pm, cambridge.gov.uk