“Remember remember the 5th of November, gun-powder, treason and plot…”
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!
As we near the end of October we get closer to one of the best events in the Winter calendar, the annual tradition of Bonfire night. Bonfire night is the perfect pre-Christmas spectacle that brightens up our dark winter days, a temporary respite to their sometimes unwelcome longitude.
Bonfire night is not just about gun-powder, treason and plot. It is as much about family, friends and food namely soup and hot dogs, as it is about Guy Fawkes’ himself and his failed attempt at obliterating the Houses of Parliament four-hundred years ago. Therefore in the name of festivity gather your loved ones, wrap up warm and with your sparklers in hand, head to one of the hundreds of local events taking place across the country for an evening beneath a sky lit with colour and roaring bonfires.
As our head office is based in the beautiful and thriving city of Bristol, I have included some suggestions for locals on how to spend your Bonfire night 2014. A number of events spanning a whole week have been organised in and around the city, and therefore if you are savvy you can spread your Fireworks celebrations over a week taking in at least four displays. For those of you who are not based in Bristol do not be deterred, visit your local council’s website where you will definitely find a number of great local events. And remember remember garden displays are just as fun, just BE SAFE!
The Thornbury Fireworks display is held every year in Mundy Playing fields. They have a children’s display as well as a bonfire.
Price: donations are welcomed and all profits go to local charities and organisations
When: Saturday 1st November @ 17:30-21:00
A low-noise family friendly event that takes place in the Zoo itself has been designed so that your little ones and the animals are not perturbed by the usual loud bangs associated with Bonfire night. The display with begin at 17.45 for approximately 15-minutes and the proceeds raised will go towards the Zoo’s charitable organisation. A tradition kept alive in the name of a good cause
Price: £6.75/£5.75 adult/child
When: Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th November @17:00-18:00
The Downend Fireworks display is an all-out Bonfire event that includes a fully-licensed bar (let’s hope this includes hot cider to warm your cockles!) in addition ‘Circus Uncertainty’ will also be performing. The revelry begins at 17:00 with the main fireworks display at 20:00, followed by the fire show and the circus act at 20:20. All in all, sounds like it will be an extravaganza. Dress well and be prepared to embrace the great outdoors.
Price: £4.50 single/£18 family of 2 adults, 3 children
When: Friday 7th November @17:30
4. Cranford Park Fireworks Fiesta, BS9 3NX
Cranford Park is based in the village of Westbury-on-Trym, a 30-minute walk from Clifton Downs. The gates to the park will open at 18:00 and the fireworks display will start at 19:00. There will be food and drink stalls to enjoy but the website states there won’t be a bonfire nor funfair rides this year. You can take your own sparklers.
Price: £5 (under 3’s go free) or £4 in advance from local shops including St.Peter’s Hospice shops.
When: Saturday 8th November @ 18.00
Link to 365 Bristol for more information
If you intend to host your own fireworks party, then you might need to get some appropriate outdoors furniture. Where can you buy beautiful garden furniture?