Fireworks & Bonfire Night

Saturday 4th November 2017 | Midsummer Common

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


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.

Buisness 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 Open

To apply please complete and submit the online application form by midday, Friday 8th September 2017.

Please upload all additional documents to your application to include your proposed menu with prices, your current Public and Products Liability Insurance, evidence of being registered with your local authority, a catering at outdoor events risk assessment, food hygiene certificates to level 2 or above completed within the last 3 years, allergen info (and gas safety certificates if applicable).

The event attracts approximately 20,000 people; although the biggest time for the crowds is the fireworks and lighting of the bonfire - the event is fairly busy throughout - the fair is open 6-10pm and also draws crowds down to the common. Trading would be between 6pm and 10pm.

Please note: Cambridge Bonfire Night Celebrations are due to take place this year on Saturday 4th November 2017.

We accept approx. 12 units and try to get a variety so not too many stalls are selling the same foodstuffs. 

Click here to complete the online caterers application form.

For more information 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 enthusiastic, outgoing, and positive people who are able to engage with the general public and help raise funds for this popular event!

For more information contact:

Deadline is 26th October

2016 BUSINESS SPONSORS - Want to see your businesses logo here and at the event?
Click here for more information on how to become a sponsor