Bonfire night is upon on, so put on your winter woollies, lock up your pets and grab the sparklers. But what exactly are we meant to be celebrating? The foiled plan of ‘terrorists’ or are we honouring the attempted to get rid of the Government?
Bonfire night dates back to 1605 when a group of Catholics attempted to blow up King James I, the Prince of Wales and members of Parliament using 36 barrels of gunpowder from a cellar under the House of Lords. However, as the plans became more real, some of the members on the group developed cold feet, which led one man to write an anonymous letter to Lord Monteagle, who then passed the letter onto the king.
Guy Fawkes was the only man in the cellar when the king’s men stormed in during the early hours on the 5th November. He was caught, tortured and killed.
People lit bonfires that evening to celebrate the king’s safety and since then, bonfire night has been held annually on 5th November.
During bonfire night, people conventionally get involved in activities, like: attending local bonfire and firework displays, holding their own bonfire in their back garden, making bonfire toffee and toffee apples, etc. As a result of this annual event, an extensive range of commercial properties can benefit. They include:
So what events are coming up for this Bonfire Night?
Firework display – Crystal Palace Park, London
This event comprises of two firework displays, a smaller display at 7pm and the main display at 8.30pm. A funfair will also be held in the park, with a variety of rides for children. Tickets cost £5for adults; £3for children aged 5 – 13; and under 5’s are free.
Bonfire Night Celebrations – Heaton Park, Manchester
A free firework display and bonfire, starting from 5.30pm with a funfair. Fireworks start at 7.30pm and the bonfire is lit at 8pm. There will also be catering and a licensed bar. Entry is free, but donations are welcome for the Heaton Park Trust. Car parking costs £2.
After Dark – Sheffield
This event started in 1996 and is held annually on the Don Valley Grass Bowl, next to the commercial property, Sheffield Arena. The event starts from 5.30pm and hosts live music from Real Radio, a funfair, and food stalls. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the firework display to music starts at 8.45pm. Advanced tickets cost £9 (£10 on the door) for adults and £4 for under 14 year olds (£5 on the door).
No matter what you have planned for this bonfire, Movehut hopes it is an enjoyable but safe occasion for you.
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