‘Remember, Remember the 5th of November’

Events — By Erin Gallagher Maury on October 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Celebrate the foiling of the 1605 plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament with massive bonfires and fireworks displays across the capital. This year is 405th anniversary of 13 Catholic conspirators who were captured, tortured and subsequently executed for trying to murder King James I. Completely un-pc, the tradition of burning effigies of Guy Fawkes, the 1st martyer (today we’d call him a terrorist) to be caught, even involves school children designing and stuffing the “guy” to be torched.  The whole weekend is sort of a kick off to the holiday season.

Battersea Park Bonfire Night by Ewan-M

Just a few of London’s biggest & best Bonfire Night celebrations:

Friday, November 5th

Bishop’s Park – children’s firework show at 19:30, main show at 20:00, £6 entry

Cyrstal Palace – gates open at 18:00, fireworks at 19:00 & 20:30, carnival rides, hog roasts, food and drink stallks, £6 entry

Saturday, November 6th

Battersea Park – boasts the largest of London’s fireworks & bonfire productions, over 50,000 people are expected to attend, gates open at 18:00, bonfire at 19:30 and fireworks at 20:00., £5 entry

Ravenscourt Park – West London’s biggest bonfire and display including a fun fair, food & drink stalls, gates opne at 18:00, 19:15 bonfire lit, 19:30 kids show, 20:00 main show, £6

Sunday, 7th November

Victoria Park – East London’s best display with music to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Blitz, show at 19:30, no food concessions or fair rides but it’s free entry

Chiddingfold bonfire in progress (courtsey of Chiddingfold website)

For those willing to venture further afield, hop on a train at London Waterloo destined for Chiddingfold (train stop Whitley) not far from Guilford to experience a proper village Bonfire Night. Wrap your hands around a hot cup of mulled wine, sample the hog roast, listen to live music before 400 or so villagers processes with lit torches to the green. The Remember, Remember poem is read aloud via a megaphone  and on the count of three the torches are tossed in air setting ablaze the 40′ bonfire the locals take over a month to build. It’s just so medieval yet oh so cool. Completing the evening is a pyrotechnic show rivaling those in London’s grand parks.

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
We see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot
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