Apart from it being fun to ‘oooh’ and ‘ahhh’ at the explosions of colour that light up the sky, we do celebrate Bonfire Night for other reasons too.
Bonfire Night happens every year on the 5th of November, to remember the attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. The plot was created by a man called Guy Fawkes. Fortunately, his plan did not go ahead successfully, as he was caught hiding in the cellar with thirty-six barrels of gunpowder. He was executed as his punishment.
There was also a poem created about the event. Time for a trip back to Primary School…
“REMEMBER, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.”
To remember the event in 1605, people all across the country gather together every year in soggy fields to watch vibrant firework displays and keep warm by the bonfire, where a model of Guy Fawkes is burnt. You can also explore the stalls that are on show; from food to fun fair games, there’s enough to keep anyone entertained.
Oh, and there’s definitely the opportunity to get Instagram and Snapchat worthy pictures with your mates! You could even spell your names out with a sparkler or munch on toffee apples together.
If you want to find out more about the history of Bonfire Night, there is a new BBC Drama you might like. The series, Gunpowder, covers the story of the creation and downfall of Guy Fawkes’ plot, but be warned as some scenes are not for the faint-hearted!
4 Places you can enjoy the fireworks in Bolton
- Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa, Bromley Cross
- Farnworth Cricket Club, Lavender Road
- Westhoughton Cricket Club, Cappadocia Way
- Leverhulme Park
If you do celebrate Bonfire Night this year, remember to stay safe, wrap up warm and have the best time!