Fireworks’ Night 5 November


Fireworks’ Night 5 November

“Remember, remember the fifth of November… “

Fireworks’ Night is also known as Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes’ Night. It’s a British tradition dating back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I.

To this day, it is customary for the cellars in the Houses of Parliament to be searched by the Yeoman of the Guard before each State Opening of Parliament. This is also a reminder of the religious upheavals in Britain and Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries

The anniversary of Fawkes’ arrest on 5 November is celebrated each year with fireworks and bonfires. Effigies of Guy Fawkes (“the guy”) are often burned on top of the bonfires. You can look forward to firework displays across London which are now largely held on the weekends before or after 5 November.


Here are three displays which are held relatively close to our residences.

  • Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, SW11 4NJ – Saturday 8 November 6.30pm £10 – under 10s free
  • Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way,  N22 7AY – Saturday 1 November  3.00pm-11.00pm – £8, children£5.50
  • Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Se11 5HY – Friday 31 October 6.00pm-10.00pm Free


And if you know of any other displays near you post the details on our forum/blog