As the last traces of summer fade to a distant memory, there’s no escaping the fact that autumn has well and truly arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. For some people, these months bring with them an impending sense of dread as the nights close in and the temperatures begin to drop. But for others, it’s a chance to don the gum boots (wellies), wrap up warm in a coat, hat and scarf and get out into the crisp night air to celebrate the ancient tradition of Bonfire Night. Held to mark the anniversary of Guy Fawkes’ failed plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November 5th, 1605, it’s an annual chance to warm ourselves by a large fire and enjoy some spectacular fireworks.
Bonfire Night was one of our favourite nights whilst living in the UK and there’s plenty of different ways to enjoy Bonfire Night…
Attend local events near you
A quick check of social media or your local newspapers should tell you which bonfires are on close by. It’s a great chance to get out and mingle with the rest of your community, as the kids enjoy writing their names in the air with sparklers while the adults perhaps enjoy a sneaky alcoholic beverage or two!
Hold your own
If the nearest communal Bonfire Night celebrations are just a little too far for you to travel, you might want to think about hosting your own — whether it be a small family affair in your back garden or a larger celebration where the whole street is invited. Either way, chipping in to collect all the wood in the build up and spreading the cost of food, drink and fireworks can really help to foster a great spirit among your friends, families and neighbours.
Enjoy a (mostly) quiet night in
Of course, if the thought of venturing out into a large crowd to gaze into the sky at fireworks is not your thing, you can always stay at home. You may have a pet that doesn’t like the noise, or money might be tight by the time Bonfire Night comes around. There’s every chance you could still see the fireworks from your living room window, so why not enjoy a little more peace, quiet (and warmth) in the comfort of your own home? Plus, you’ll have saved a bit of money to put towards Christmas. A happy thought for when you’re next looking at your finances and credit cards.
There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to celebrating Bonfire Night so, whatever you decide, you’ll have an amazing night!
This post was written in collaboration with 118.
All opinions, as always, are our own.