Remember, Remember the 5th November…

It’s once again that time of year when our skies will be filled with spectacular explosions of colour and a million voices will cry out “oooh!… Aah!”fireworks-1758_640

Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is celebrated every year in Britain on November 5th. It celebrates the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in which Guy Fawkes and four other plotters attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London along with the reigning King, James I, using explosives stashed in a cellar under the House of Lords.

Of course, the best way to celebrate stopping a large explosion is with several hundreds of thousands of smaller, prettier explosions. For that reason, between November 5th and November 7th, fireworks will light up the skies all over the country.

If you’re in Preston and you want to get in on the fun and excitement of Bonfire Night you have a number of options. You could attend the display which will be held at Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club (Thursday Nov 5th, 6:00-9:00 PM, with ticket). Alternatively, you could check out Bartle Hall’s display (Thursday Nov 5th, 19:00 onwards, with ticket), which features homemade chilli and posh hotdogs in the price of the ticket.

If you’re willing to hop on a train, celebrations will continue in Lancaster with its free Light Up Lancaster festival on the 6th and 7th. On Friday the city centre will play host to fire eaters, lights shows, a plethora of light themed interactive activites and even a vintage ice cream van. Head along on Saturday and you take part in a variety of activities in the City Centre before watching Fireworks errupt from Lancaster Castle in the evening. No matter the spot, as long as you can see the castle, you’ll have a great view of the show.

For more information on other events nearby you can check out the Lancashire Evening Post, or, alternatively, check the Manchester Evening News and Liverpool Echo for events around those cities.

If all else fails you can always head up to the third floor of the UCLan library and watch the Preston skyline, you’re almost certain to see something. Just don’t forget to be quiet.

Regardless of what you end up doing this Bonfire night, don’t forget to stay safe. Remember:

  • Never return to a firework after it has been lit.
  • Hold sparklers at arm’s length and keep them away from other people.
  • Never throw fireworks.
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket.
  • Keep any pets inside.

Guest Blogger: Jonathan David Phillips, Worldwise Student Advisor