Remember Remember the 5th of November… Bonfire night 2013 is almost here!
Love fireworks, big bonfires and even bigger bangs? Then you’ve probably heard of Guy Fawkes (Bonfire) night. This thoroughly English tradition happens every November 5th and remembers the failed Gunpowder Plot of Guy Fawkes, who plotted (and failed) to blow up the House of Lords and King James I.
To mark the occasion, bonfire night celebrations happen up and down the country. Guy Fawkes effigies are burnt, fireworks are released, toffee apples are consumed…it’s all good wintery fun. And the bonfire celebrations don’t come better than in London town, with beer halls, ice skating and woolly hats a plenty. If you’re spending Bonfire night in London, be sure to check out one of these:
Alexandra Palace ‘Back with a Bang’ Fireworks – November 2nd
After a four year break, Ally Pally fireworks are back, complete with fireworks, laser and music shows! From 2pm on Saturday November 2nd, there will be a winter festival - think carousels, helter skelters and ice-skating, or of course you could just head to the German Bier Festival (traditional food, Bavarian waitresses and oompah bands, as standard). The fireworks are of course the main event, and having hired Star Fireworks (crowned British Fireworks Champions 2013 no less), it’s set to go off with a BANG!
Lord Mayor’s show and Fireworks – November 9th
The parade to welcome in the new Lord Mayor of London, this spectacular three mile long procession winds its way from Mansion House to the Royal Courts of Justice. There will be carriages (notably the 254 year old Lord Mayor’s gold state coach), marching bands and floats in abundance, with the fireworks kicking off at 5pm. These will be released from a barge moored between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges, with best viewing spots at the banks between the two bridges. Up for it? It’s all happening on Sat Nov 9th from 11am.
Ravenscourt Park Fireworks – November 2nd
Live in West London? Ravenscourt Park fireworks are your best bet. Happening on November 2nd, gates open at 6pm with the first fireworks whizzing off at 7.15pm. The highlight of the event happens at 8pm, when the fireworks display will be choreographed to superhero music (we imagine this will be a see it to believe it type deal!). A funfair and foodstalls are also on the agenda, but be warned, sparklers, alcohol and dogs are all prohibited.
Brockwell Park Fireworks – November 5th
Remember the fireworks at the London Olympics? Expect much of the same (on a smaller scale/budget) at Brockwell Parks bonfire night celebrations. Kicking off at 5pm on bonfire night itself, funfairs, stalls, music, food, drink and even Fireman Sam will be in attendance, plus the organisers have promised an extra special finale to ensure the mandatory ooohhh's, aaahhh's and woooow's!