On the 5th of November and the weekends either side, events take place all over Britain to commemerate the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in which a group of people, including Guy Fawkes, were caught in the act of attempting to blow up the House of Lords whilst King James I was present.
The event is a celebration of the fact that King James survived, although today is really more of an excuse for a party! Events usually involve a large bonfire, sometimes with an effigy of Guy Fawkes placed on top, and a fireworks display.
Some of the largest or most well-known events include:
Battle Bonfire, East Sussex. An event that has a history stretching back 300 years, the Battle Bonfire involves a torchlit procession through the town by various groups dressing up in traditional costumes from across the ages, culminating in a fireworks display. All are welcome to dress up and join in! This years event takes place on 5 November.
Leeds Castle Fireworks Spectacular. Bring a rug and settle in on the lawn with food and drink from a variety of stalls to watch this huge fireworks display over the top of beautiful Leeds Castle. A light show illuminates the castle while music adds a sense of drama to the occasion! This year the event takes place on 5 and 6 November. Tickets should be purchased in advance.
The Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations. Possibly the biggest bonfire night celebration in Britain, bonfire night in Lewes is a lively affair. As well as large bonfires, firework displays, processions and costumes, Lewes has become famous for the burning of effigies of anyone and everyone who has caused offence in the last year. The Lewes bonfires are always on 5 November.
Most cities, towns and even small villages will also have their own celebrations so keep your eye out for what is on near you.