Skinningrove Bonfire

Where: Skinningrove, North Yorkshire at the seafront
When: November 5th (or Saturday 4th when 5th falls on a Sunday )
Time: 7pm onwards


It’s a regular practice all around the country to mark Bonfire Night with a conflagration, but the event at Skinningrove is in a class of its own and deserves a special mention. Since 1982 the local firestarters have built a spectacularly large bonfire on the beach and each year a different theme from local history is chosen to inspire the builders. It’s usually held on 5th November each year, even when it falls on a weekday – but when 5th is a Sunday it moves to Saturday 4th instead. Expect a large crowd, lots of fireworks and a huge pyre!

Helpful Hints

It’s a free event and may be watched from Skinningrove seafront or from the Cliffs nearby at Carlin Howe. Arrive early, particularly when it falls on a weekend, as there will be road closures from 5.30.

In 2017 it was on Saturday 4th November (not on 5th that year as 5th was a Sunday) and the theme was Pigeons. In 2018 it will be on Monday 5th – theme yet to be announced.


In cases of extreme weather the event may be postponed, but has only been cancelled twice due to flooding – keep up-to-date by checking the event’s Facebook page which will include any last minute advice.

Click here for the Facebook page: