“Remember, remember the 5th November.” That’s what I was always taught at school and indeed I’ve never forgotten. And so has no one else it seems as the country prepares fireworks, toffee apples and firewood for this weekend’s Bonfire Night festivities. With a hint of British history behind it, London’s night sky will be bedazzled with Catherine wheels, fountains of glitter and the whooshing sounds of rocket sparklers all celebrating Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up Parliament.
Now I’m not one to stand out in the cold and rain for just anything but there’s something about the smoky smell of wood burning in the crisp Autumn air, the bright lights of the funfair rides, and the sweet and sickly treats on offer that entice me back every year. For just half an hour hundreds of people in Britain brave our weather to ooh and ahh up at the sky, all mesmerised by the shooting twirling lights.
There’s just something about Bonfire Night that transports me back to my childhood when I used to stare out of my bedroom window watching the fireworks. I’d sit there, my face filled with glee and awe, and wonder how they mixed all the different colours and where the man lighting them was hiding.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking Bonfire Night is just for the kids. I once had an amazing Bonfire Night in Victoria Park, and there were more adults enjoying the fantastic festival of fireworks than kids! So, if like me you couldn’t possibly stay in doors this weekend then check out my rundown of the top 5 Bonfire Nights in London:
Battersea Park: This year’s Bonfire Night on Saturday 3rd will include a London themed celebration, a spectacular fire acts display, and have mulled wine and roasted chestnuts on offer. Tickets are £6.50 in advance or £10 on the night. Click here for more information.
Ravenscourt Park: My local park never disappoints, as proven with this year’s James Bond theme, and is very family orientated. I’ll be there on Saturday 3rd and I hope you will be too. Tickets are £5 in advance or £7 on the night. Click here for more information.
Newham Guy Fawkes Night Fireworks: This fireworks night on Sunday 4th is Olympic legacy themed and features a laser show with a display that can be seen for miles. This event is free. Click here for more information.
Barking Park: This annual charity event on Sunday 4th includes a concert, talent showcase and family activities to keep the whole family entertained. Tickets are £5 for adults and £1 for under-16s when accompanied by a paying adult. Click here for more information.
Enfield Town Park: A favourite for those in North London this event on Saturday 3rd includes a fireworks display put on by the Enfield Scouts. Tickets are £6 for adults and £4 for children. Click here for more information.
This weekend get your thermals and wellies on, brew up a flash of homemade mulled wine, and head out into the cold to enjoy a fun filled fireworks extravaganza with your friends. It’s a night out not to be missed!
Natasha Manku @ilovecakeandtea Ilovecakeandtea.wordpress.com