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Bonfire Night in the UK

Updated on June 6, 2015

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For over 500 years, people in Great Britain have lit bonfires to celebrate the stopping of the Gunpowder Plot, an act of treason against the Monarchy instigated by Guy Fawkes.

Modern Bonfire Night celebrations include bonfires with an effigy of Guy Fawkes, fireworks, traditional food and songs.

Find out all about the UK traditions and celebrations held each year to commemorate this historical event.

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Around the Bonfire on Guy Fawkes Night

Around the Bonfire
Around the Bonfire

On Bonfire Night in the UK everyone gathers around to watch as the bonfire is set alight. In the cool November air, the heat from the fire is welcomed. As the flames dance upwards, traditional food and drink such as hot dogs, toffee apples and warm mulled wine is enjoyed.

After the fire has burned for a while, its time for the firework display to begin. Young and old alike gasp in delighted "ooohs" and "ahhhs" as the colourful sparks and rockets light up the sky. The smell of sulphur fills the air as the screeches and bangs of the rockets ring out. Everyone joins in the fun writing their names in the black night sky with hand held sparklers and glowing torches.

Bonfire Night is a time honoured tradition in the UK, a night when the gunpowder and treason plot is remembered.

Bonfire Night on YouTube

The Gunpowder Plot

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,

The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,

I know of no reason

Why the Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent

To blow up the King and Parli'ment.

Three-score barrels of powder below

To prove old England's overthrow;

By God's providence he was catch'd

With a dark lantern and burning match.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King (or Queen)!

Author Unknown

Read more about the poem and its origins in English History here

Bonfire Night Colouring Pages

Jamie Oliver's Toffee Apples for Bonfire Night

Jamie Oliver's Toffee Apples
Jamie Oliver's Toffee Apples

Jamie Oliver's Toffee Apple Recipe


  • 4 Apples
  • Cup of Sugar
  • Drop of White Vinegar
  • Half Cup of Water
  • Drop of Red Food Colouring

What to Do

  1. Wash and dry the apples, insert a wooden skewer or lolly stick
  2. Mix water, sugar and vinegar in a pan and bring to boil
  3. Add food colouring and simmer for 20 minutes
  4. Remove from heat and dip each apple into the mixture
  5. Rotate the apple, drain for a few seconds, then place on greaseproof paper to set and harden

For more details about this recipe and other delicious treats click here to visit JamieOliver.Com

Bonfire Night Safety Tips on YouTube - Keep safe and follow the firework code!

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    • Maritimer LM profile image

      Maritimer LM 

      8 years ago

      Great Bonfire Night coloring pages!

    • randomthings lm profile image

      randomthings lm 

      8 years ago

      I hadn't heard of this before. Very interesting.

    • LisaDH profile image


      8 years ago

      I'm American, so I hadn't heard of this tradition, but it sounds like a fun way to spend a chilly night in November!

    • Craftymarie profile image


      8 years ago

      I love bonfire night because it brings back wonderful childhood memories of having a fire in our garden and cooking potatoes in foil jackets in the fire. And having some sparklers too. We never had any big fireworks and didn't need them because it was always magical anyway.


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