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Toffee apples, a roaring bonfire, fairground rides, sparklers, crisp red and golden leaves underfoot…it’s time for Bonfire Night! Still not sure how to celebrate? These are the events you won’t want to miss.

Remember, remember, the 5th of November…From celebrations steeped in tradition, such as the slightly terrifying and always entertaining flaming tar barrels at Ottery St Mary, through to the extravagent fireworks displays of London and Liverpool, there are plenty of ways to commemorate the events of that fateful day in 1605.

1. Ottery St Mary Flaming Tar Barrels, Ottery St Mary

This centuries old tradition is still going strong in the village of Ottery St Mary, Devon and is a must visit for anyone looking for a slightly different way to celebrate! Selected local residents run through the streets with huge flaming tar barrels on their shoulders: there’s a program of events, with different parts of the town featured throughout the night. Not for the faint hearted, this is a great option for those looking for a slightly different and totally unique celebration this year! Famous up and down the country, head there early and pick your spot to be sure of seeing the spectacle first hand. Grab a mulled cider and enjoy the show!

Flaming Tar Barrels at Ottery St Mary

2. After Dark, Sheffield

Head to Sheffield’s Don Valley Grass Bowl for this legendary event celebrating the 5th of November in style. A giant fun fair, bonfire, food stalls, life music and a fireworks extravaganza await with the party starting at 5:30pm. Tickets are available in advance and on the door.

3. River of Light, Liverpool and Wirral

Celebrate the 5th of November with a stunning display over the waterfront in Liverpool and Wirral as, for the first time ever, the two join forces to put on a show to remember. The River Mersey is the focal point of this celebration featuring a display from the current British Fireworks Champion of Champions, as well as displays, street theatre performances and plenty more. So whichever side of the river you’re on, this is a great way to remember, remember the 5th of November!

Bonfire night fireworks guy fawkes

4. Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival, London

Taking place over two days, from November 4 – 5th, this fireworks celebration in London is known for its extravagant and stunning displays. With over 50,000 people attending over the two days, it’s a must see for anyone spending Bonfire Night in London this year. Tickets are a must to enjoy the event which also features a beer festival and a Day of the Dead parade!

5. Lewes Bonfire Celebrations, Lewes

The peaceful town of Lewes in East Sussex is transformed on the 5th of November into the site of the world’s largest Fifth November Event. A grand Procession runs through the town, before the six Bonfire Societies of the town separate off to host their own bonfires and fireworks shows – meaning there’s six events to choose from! Tickets are essential if you want to head to one of the six bonfire and fireworks displays.

Lewes Bonfire Night celebrations


IMG: Flaming Tar Barrels at Ottery St MaryGareth.fudge, Lewes Bonfire Celebrations 2011, Ed Webster / Flickr cc. and Shutterstock

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