Fireworks banned again on Primrose Hill on Bonfire Night

PUBLISHED: 18:05 31 October 2017

Fireworks of Primrose Hill

Fireworks of Primrose Hill


Fireworks and paper lanterns are to be banned again on Primrose Hill on bonfire night, with the park closed from 9pm.

The hill is traditionally a popular site for people to watch firework displays from across the city on November 5, and on New Year’s Eve.

Spectators will still be able to do so, but the park will close at 9pm on bonfire night, and 1am on New Year’s Eve.

Police will be at the gates to Primrose Hill to stop anyone attempting to bring fireworks or lanterns. Supported by Royal Parks officers, they will also ask people not to leave litter, after a substantial amount was left last year.

A Royal Parks Metropolitan Police spokesperson, said: “I urge members of the public not to bring fireworks to Primrose Hill. This will allow my officers to focus their efforts on ensuring that park visitors remain safe, that the atmosphere remains good natured and that anti-social behaviour is dealt with.”

The 9pm closure began on Monday and will run til November 8.

During the New Years celebrations to mark 2016, Primrose Hill was left trashed with reports that some had even defecated in the area.

The lack of police presence left some able to rampage through the area vandalising community projects, urinating on front doors and, as one resident noted, leaving Primrose Hill “looking like a slum”.

Residents awoke on New Year’s Day to see the park and surrounding streets “the worst they’ve ever been”, littered with smashed glass.

Phil Cowan, who lives on Albert Terrace, which overlooks the park, described the scene in 2016 as “complete chaos.”

Speaking to the Ham&High this week, Mr Cowan said it was unfortunate that there weren’t the resources to police the event properly.

“They have to prioritise where they go and if there’s a big event in Camden Town that’s where they’ll be. It’s good that the park have supposedly put the hill on lockdown for all of this week because there were people setting off fireworks last week.

“However, I find it etxraordinary that people do let of these fireworks right next to the zoo. Animals are terrifed and I don’t know why they think it’s a good place.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories


Police are trying to trace two teenagers they believe are connected to an attempted robbery and assault on a Thameslink train from West Hampstead.


Safety campaigners fear the Hampstead community will be at risk of more crime as the number of neighbourhood police officers has been slashed.

Yesterday, 17:30

Flick Rea is a fairly unique councillor, even it comes to Camden Council.

Yesterday, 15:07

It was a case of the Liberal Democrats preaching to the converted, as they launched their elections manifesto at St James’ Church in West Hampstead last night.

Mon, 17:00

Current deputy leader Cllr Joseph Ejiofor said Claire Kober’s flagship policy “does not provide the answer” on housing in the borough.

Mon, 13:50

In voter packs delivered on Saturday, Haringey Council told residents they should only vote for one candidate, instead of three.

Mon, 12:58

A teenager is in a critical condition in hospital, and another is recovering after a stabbing near Alexandra Palace last night.

Mon, 12:00

A sniffer dog belonging to an ex-policeman turned private investigator has uncovered a haul of precious jewellery from woodland in Oak Hill Way, Hampstead.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now