Here's a little history about the explosive holiday... we'll keep it short!

Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated across the UK every year on the 5th November, celebrating the failure of a plot against the English government in 1605. Several people, including a man named Guy Fawkes, planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I. However, the government found out about the plot before the attack could take place and arrested Guy Fawkes and his motley crew, bringing an end to what became known as the 'Gunpowder Plot'. Guy Fawkes and the others were convicted of treason and Parliament announced a national day of thanksgiving to celebrate their survival, where the first celebration was held on 5th November 1606.

Today, Guy Fawkes Night (also known as Fireworks or Bonfire Night) is celebrated with fireworks, sparklers and bonfires, where straw men designed to look like Guy Fawkes are often burned. Brits will take full advantage of the celebrations and hold displays right from the end of October until mid-November, mainly to fill out that time between Halloween and the build up to Christmas. Also, we fully acknowledge that it's a little weird celebrating the day the Houses of Parliament nearly got blown up... but we're always down for a party!


Get ready to ooh and ahh as twinkling colours explode in the sky and bonfires ignite across the UK. Check out your CANVAS EVENTS GUIDE for pre-celebrations in your property, plus here are our recommended displays nearby:


🎇 Alexandra Palace
Head to one of north London's best vantage points for a night of fun at the Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival. One of the top bonfire night events in London, the activities on offer at Ally Pally's fireworks include a German beer festival, music from Gok Wan, an ice disco and a dazzling light show.

🎇 Wimbledon Park
Witness one of two breath-taking displays of pyrotechnics at the Wimbledon Park fireworks, where music and fireworks combine to create a dramatic show. A spectacular fire and light show has replaced the usual bonfire at this climate-conscious event in recent years. There are also rides and a variety of food stalls for snacks.

🎇 Battersea Park
Join thousands of revellers as this pretty park is illuminated with a huge bonfire and a spectacular fireworks display every year. Tuck into food and drink from the restaurants and bars at nearby Battersea Power Station, before enjoying the Battersea fireworks display on the banks of the river Thames. 


🎇 Radcliffe Cricket Club
Radcliffe Cricket Club fireworks display is brought to you by the Alton Towers Fireworks Display team and promises to be their biggest and best yet. With a fairground, food stalls and a DJ, this promises to be a fun evening for all the friends and family. Although there won't be a bonfire this year, we promise the fireworks display makes up for it.

🎇 The Big Bang Bonfire
The Big Bang Bonfire celebrations at Oldham Edge are typically one of the biggest, loudest and most colourful events of the year, featuring funfair rides and mouth-watering food stalls as well as a range of fire and ice themed entertainment, plus a fireworks display from UK champions: Fantastic Fireworks.BRISTOL

🎇 Almondsbury Creative Fireworks
Almondsbury Creative Fireworks decided their theme this year would pay tribute to The Queen, as well as Queen the band. There will be walkabout entertainers, stage shows, a funfair, food stalls, craft stalls and lots of music and drinks... The fireworks will be choreographed to some of Queen’s greatest hits... then Real Magic, a Queen tribute act, will take to the stage.

🎇 Clifton Observatory
The Bonfire Night Party is an 18+ only event featuring a fire performer and some of the best views to watch firework displays light up across Bristol. Choose from an array of refreshments including cocktails, pizza and Clifton Observatory’s famous hot chocolates. Tickets include exclusive access to Clifton Observatory’s rooftop terrace, an arrival drink of mulled wine or mulled (non-alcoholic) cider and sparklers on arrival.


🎇 Hamilton Accies
The renowned night at Hamilton Academical Football Club includes a huge fireworks display on top of a fun fair, licensed bar, food and merch stalls, plus a live DJ. Here you'll be sorted for the typical British weather as the football club is the only fully-covered seated fireworks display in the area.

🎇 Winterfest Drumchapel
The sky above Drumchapel Park will be lit up as Winterfest returns to Glasgow after two years. The annual event, which is a mainstay in the local calendar, is back with a bang and will feature a huge fireworks display, musical performances and shows for all the friends and family.


🎇 Hatton Country World Fireworks
Head to Hatton Country World for a spectacular evening of fireworks, entertainment, thrills and delicious food. Gaze skywards and enjoy a mesmerising display of low-bang fireworks, professionally choreographed to music. There will also be fairground rides, spell-binding fire dancers, magic shows and street food stalls.

🎇 Coventry Rugby Fireworks
Last year's sold out event by Coventry Rugby is back for another year at Butts Park Arena. There will be plenty going on at the BPA, with tasty hot food and an open bar, stalls and games plus an incredible series of live entertainment.

Make sure to tag @canvas_studentuk in your photos celebrating Guy Fawkes Night so that we can share the sparkles.


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