Bonfire Night is a special annual event that commemorates the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. On the 5th November of that year, a group of Catholic conspirators unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate King James I of England and replace him with a Catholic head of state. One of the conspirators, Guy Fawkes, was caught guarding a cache of explosives placed beneath the House of Lords and arrested. In the wake of the failed plot, the Council allowed the public to celebrate the King’s survival with bonfires. This made 1605 the first year the plot’s failure was celebrated! Today, Bonfire Night is still an important part of British culture, and people of all ages enjoy watching fireworks and lighting bonfires to mark the occasion. It’s a time to come together and be grateful for freedom – and to remember those who sacrificed so much to protect it.
Why not take part in the following activities to celebrate Bonfire Night!