Bonfire Night Traditions in the UK

In England, Guy Fawkes Night is Commonly known as Bonfire Night, (or Firework Night). It is on November 5th in the UK every year. We celebrate this tradition in honour of the failed plot. The night skies fill with smoke from bonfires and vivid colour and sound from fireworks.

“Guy Fawkes Night” is a centuries old celebration that has evolved over the years. Robert Catesby was leader of the “Gunpowder Plot” in 1605, Guy Fawkes was 1 of the 13 conspirators who helped him. The plot was to blow up Parliament on November 5th, 1605.

The plot failed and Guy Fawkes was arrested and executed. Today people light bonfires, set off fireworks and burn “guy” effigies as part of this celebration.

Traditions We Celebrate

Countdown to Guy Fawkes Night

Traditional Bonfire Night Food

Bonfires were used to cook jacket potatoes. A traditional cake eaten on bonfire night is Yorkshire Parkin. Other foods have also used on the night. These recipes are the traditional methods used over the many years.

Firework Displays

UK major towns and cities hold local events for bonfire night 2021. They burn old pallets and effigy of Guy Fawkes. During the Covid pandemic. An handful of displays up and down the UK have opted to introduce a drive-in firework shows.

Supermarket Fireworks

We have round up all the best fireworks leaflets for Bonfire Night from all the major supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Aldi. Supermarkets can be a popular choice for many as, not only are they convenient, but they also have cheap firework offers.

Bonfire Night Traditions in the UK

Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night

Vintage Firework Brands

From pains, Brocks and Standard Fireworks. Here is the history of the classical fireworks brand time has forgotten.

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605

Robert Catesby has a secret plan to kill King James. Guy Fawkes returning from war joined the plot. The cellars of parliament hid the gunpowder.

Penny for the Guy

Penny for the guy was popular among children to buy fireworks. A guy made out of used newspapers and old clothing. This activity died out.

Bonfire Night Rhymes

The United Kingdom school children are introduced to the famous nursery rhyme at a young age to celebrate Bonfire Night meaning.

Ancient History of Fireworks

Fireworks we use at our events are thanks to the discovery of the black powder in the Tang Dynasty..
Bonfire Night Traditions