Inverness Bonfire and Fireworks spectacular
The Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group are excited to confirm that Highland Council’s Civic Bonfire and Fireworks display will be held at Bught Park, Inverness on Sunday 5 November 2023.
The evening will start at 5pm with the opening of Hornes Funfair and catering village, followed by a performance around the base of the bonfire by Fly Agaric Fire Display Team at 5.30pm. The bonfire will be lit at 6pm followed by 20-minute spectacular fireworks display at 7pm.
Provost of Inverness and Area Councillor Glynis Campbell Sinclair who Chairs the City of Inverness Events and Festivals Working Group said: “It is a real pleasure for the Working Group to provide a community bonfire and fireworks display which is a key event supported by the Inverness Common Good Fund and which is free to enter.”
“Scottish Fire and Rescue Service bonfire safety advice ‘is to always attend an organised bonfire and firework display’ and we are pleased to be able to provide this event in Inverness which supports SFRS advice.”
She added: “We hope the many thousands of anticipated spectators have a fun-filled, safe and enjoyable evening; and we look forward to seeing you again at the Christmas Lights Switch on and Red Hot Highland Fling events – details of which will be announced at a later date.”
Constructed by The Highland Council, the bonfire is one of the largest erected in Scotland, thanks to support from the local business community who donate hundreds of pallets. This year the pallets have kindly been donated by Whyte and Mackay.
The 20-minute musical fireworks display will be staged by the award winning Fireworx Scotland team and will start at approximately 7pm, after a short delay to allow spectators to move from the Shinty Field to the main Bught Stadium Field. It's important that children get the best possible view of the show and final safety checks are undertaken.
Pedestrians are asked to note that the Infirmary footbridge will be closed on bonfire night (Sunday 5 November) at 4pm and will reopen at 9pm. Infirmary Bridge is routinely closed during events for public safety and to reduce the likelihood of serious damage to the footbridge.
Drivers are reminded that parking restrictions will be in place around the Bught area on Sunday night (5 November) with priority access maintained for the emergency services, disabled drivers, and local residents throughout the night. A disabled parking area for Blue Badge holders will be located at the city centre end of the grandstand at Bught Park and drivers are asked to enter by the entrance close to the junction of Torvean Avenue and Dunachton Road. All other drivers are asked to use the 2,800 plus car parking spaces available in the city centre and to park considerately if choosing to leave their vehicle elsewhere.
The importance of spectators parking away from the site was demonstrated last year when over 15,000 spectators visited Bught Park, and families are asked to help the Council once again by setting off early and walking to the show.