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Guy Fawkes Day UK: Remembering the Gun Powder Treason and Plot

Updated: Dec 3, 2019


Fireworks Guy Fawkes Day UK

Remember, remember, the fifth of November Gunpowder treason and plot We see no reason Why Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot….


Guy Fawkes Day, Guy Fawkes Night, Bonfire Night or as many in the UK would say “Fireworks Night” comes each November fifth to the United Kingdom. No matter what you call it, Guy Fawkes Day is a day of celebration, fun, period costumes and masks, burning effigies, bonfires and everyone’s favorite, fireworks that can be seen throughout the UK. Guys Fawkes Day celebrates the now infamous foiled Gun Powder Treason and Plot when Guy Fawkes was arrested on November 5, 1605 with numerous hidden barrels of gunpowder that was stored underneath the House of Lords in London. Guy Fawkes and his conspirators wanted to assassinate King James I, who was a Protestant with the hopes of bringing back Catholic king to the throne of England. Guy Fawkes along with seven other conspirators were tried and convicted of treason. They were executed in January 1606 with the head of Guy Fawkes being displayed on a pike on the London Bridge.


The Guy Fawkes Day holiday celebrations in Great Britain every November fifth is a great time to take part in a nation-wide celebration, a celebration that will want to do again and again. Guy Fawkes celebrations come in many forms across the Kingdom, from full blown bonfires to fireworks displays along with plays, reenactments, the burning of effigies and tar barrels as well as a verity of other nighttime activities from London, Birmingham to Liverpool, even to Scotland.


Where to go to take part in Guy Fawkes Day celebrations:


Birmingham at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens with its large fireworks show for all to see.


Bristol as it will host a for charity fireworks display on November 1.


Carlisle on November 2 is a great place to celebrate with thousands of others at Bitts Park with its fireworks and a massive bonfire.


Edinburgh for the Scotts from November 2 to the 5th hosts activities and fireworks show for all.


Lewes is the bonfire capital that is a must-see event with its many fun activities and people in costume.


London the Alexandra Palace on 1 and 2 November with its celebrations is a spot that you may want to be at for a great time.


Manchester as it hosts many activities with both bonfires and fireworks across the city on November fifth.


These are just some of places to go and celebrate Guy Fawkes Day and night in the UK. There will be celebrations near you with many places to go. So, if you're going to be in the UK or your already there, you check your areas events for Guy Fawkes Day and get out there and celebrate and enjoy the many activities that the day brings each year. Who does not like a bonfire or a fireworks display? Well, no one that I know of anyway. So, get your planning in gear now and then go. As always -


"Happy trails my friends."


The Guy Fawkes Rhyme


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,

Poor old England to overthrow;

By God's providence he was catch'd (or by God's mercy*)

With a dark lantern and burning match.

Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

And what should we do with him? Burn him!


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Guy Fawkes Day Links:

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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