Bonfire night- light up your November!


Bournemouth and Poole will celebrate the start of November with Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, which will include a firework show, live music, food tents, entertainment venues, and of course, a big bonfire to keep visitors warm.

This very British celebration will take place at the Butchers Coppice Scout Camp in Bournemouth on Saturday 2nd of November, with the bonfire being lit at 6PM and an aerial fireworks show display starting at 7:30PM. Throughout the event, there will be stalls offering activities like archery, paintball and tarot card reading. Additionally, there will be food and drinks and a fun fair. Visitors will need to purchase a ticket for a small price to attend the event.

However, for the ones who do not fancy paying, Poole will be organising a free-entry Firework Night on Poole Quay on November the 5th. The event will start at 5PM and will include live music and entertainment to keep the crowds going until the firework finale at 8PM.

Visitors who would like to venture more, and have the ultimate Bonfire experience, could go for places like Midsummer Common in Cambridge (5th of November), known for its biggest fireworks display, and Alexandra Palace in London (2nd – 3rd November), which will hold a fairground and a laser show before the fireworks.

Bonfire Night celebrates the failure of Guy Fawkes in trying to assassinate King James I by blowing up the Houses of Parliament, on the 5th of November in 1605. Fawkes failed to kill the King as he was arrested while guarding explosives. To celebrate that James I had survived, people lit up bonfires around London. The tradition became an annual public day of thanksgiving and has carried on until today.