Remember, remember the 5th of November...

Remember, remember the 5th of November...

Thousands of people every year get out their finest hats and gloves, wrap their scarves around their necks and with sparkler and toffee apple in hand, head to the local fireworks display. 

The 5th of November, or as it is more commonly known, ‘Bonfire night’ falls this Saturday and people all over the country will watch as our skies light up with colour from Fire Crackers and Catherine Wheels alike, whilst toasting their hands near a bonfire. 

Each year we all get together to celebrate this event with great festivities, but where did the tradition come from?

Bonfire night

November 5th commemorates the failing attempts of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot. 

Back in those days English Catholics were persecuted against by their ruler, King James the first. . 

In order to get revenge, a small group of conspirators took shape in a plan to kill hose who were disrespectful to the English Catholics, including their new King.  

On the night between the 4th and the 5th of November, the group planted 36 barrels of gunpowder beneath the House of Lords, with Guy Fawkes nominated to light the match and complete the deed. 

As Guy Fawkes was in the cellar ready to set light to the gunpowder, the authorities caught and executed him.

In celebration of the Kings survival, bonfires were lit across the country and the 5th of November then forever became known as Bonfire Night. The event is commemorated each year with bonfires, fireworks and burning effigies of the legend that was, Guy Fawkes. 

So, what’s your plan for Bonfire night? We know how we’re celebrating… with a whole weekend of festivities with the Chinese State Circus!

The internationally acclaimed Chinese State Circus is currently touring theatres across the UK with dates this weekend up until the 3rd of December. Don’t miss out on this unmissable production of talent, get your tickets here –

Remember, remember.. Whatever you do this Bonfire night, wrap up warm and stay safe.