Fireworks & Bonfire Night

Saturday 4th November 2017 | Midsummer Common

Opening times: 6pm-10pm

Firework Display Time: 7pm - Please note the earlier start time than in previous years.

2017's fireworks show will be held on the evening of Saturday 4 November on Midsummer Common [Go to Google map for Midsummer Common]

Please scroll down for updated infomation about the Bus Drop off and Collection points as this has changed than in previous years.


Donations of at least £3 per person are encouraged.
In order to create such a superb free public display of this scale, in addition to support from the business community, contributions from the public are essential.
Please give generously to help keep this great event alive.

Donate now!

To give £3 to support Bonfire Night,  just Text BANG to 70500 to show your support for this spectacular event!
Terms and conditions


In the interests of safety people are urged to view from the official viewing areas of Midsummer Common and Jesus Green only.
Viewing will not be possible from Elizabeth Way Bridge.
The Midsummer Common side of Elizabeth Way Bridge will be closed to pedestrians for the duration of the display.
Viewing is discouraged in front of the boathouses north of the river Cam, which is behind the fallout zone for the display.


Please note that the buses will be going from Drummer Street Station for 2017 - There will be no buses dropping off or picking up on Maid's Causeway by Midsummer Common. This is to increase the safety of people arriving and leaving Midsummer Common before, during and after the event.

Park + Ride bus stops after firework display:

Madingley + Milton pick up from Victoria Avenue

Trumpington + Newmarket pick up from Short St

Babraham pick up from Emmanuel St


You can also view the Stagecoach buses website HERE


For information on accessible car parking facilities, covered and raised viewing areas and accessible toilets please download our Information for Disabled People Sheet HERE

Car Parking

All car parks are due to be open on the evening you can view the available car parks on the City Council's website:

Business Support - How to get involved 

Thank you to all our sponsors for last year’s event.  You made it possible to keep it free and make it really special.
If you are interested supporting the event this year through sponsorship please contact and refer to the sponsorship pages for more information. 

For more information on sponsorship opportunities click here

Catering Applications are now closed for this year's Bonfire Night Celebrations

To be added to our caterers directory to be informed of when applications open for future Cambridge Live events including, the Big Weekend, and the Cambridge Folk Festival please contact:

Volunteers wanted

We are looking for volunteers to be cash collectors for this years Bonfire Night.
The free event on Saturday 4 November 2017 is provided by Cambridge City Council and organised by Cambridge Live to create a safe environment for the people of Cambridge to celebrate Bonfire night.

Entrance is free, though contributions from the public, businesses and the local community towards the cost of the event are essential. Whilst the Council provide considerable funding and despite donations from businesses, it is not enough money to pay for all the costs so we are dependent on donations from the public. You are helping to collect money towards the cost of the display.
No specific previous experience necessary, we are just looking for people who are able to engage with the general public and help raise funds for this popular event!

The collection will take place between 6pm-8pm and all volunteer collectors will be given a voucher for a free meal from one of the participating food stalls as a thank you for offering a couple of hours of your time.

Please CLICK HERE to register your interest in assisting as a volunteer collector.

For more information contact:

Deadline for expressing interest is 26th October 2017


There's some great advice on the RSPCA's website about how to keep your pets calm and safe during Bonfire Night. You can access the RSPCA's advice website HERE


Photo Album

Take a look at last year's event in our Flickr Album


2017 BUSINESS SPONSORS - Want to see your businesses logo here and at the event?
Click here for more information on how to become a sponsor