[Krystyna King | Events Secretary]
‘Remember, remember, the fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and plot.
I know of no reason why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.’
Bonfire Night is usually celebrated on the 5th November by having a firework display/bonfire. It is to mark the day of the Gunpowder Plot. In 1605, a man called Guy Fawkes and his group of accomplices attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London, with barrels of gunpowder placed in the basement. They wanted to kill King James and the King’s leaders, but failed when Fawkes was discovered and arrested. There is now a tradition of searching the cellars before the opening of every session of Parliament.
Here are a few Firework Displays to check out:
1st November- St Albans
Organised by the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans, ‘Verulamium Fireworks Spectacular,’ will take place in St Albans park.
Gates open: 6pm and fireworks start at 7:30pm
Expected estimate: 15,000 people
Prices: £5 Adult, £2 Child (under-16 and senior citizens)
Family ticket for two adults and two children under-16 costs £10
Tickets are available from the Cathedral box office (10am-4.45pm Monday to Saturday, and 1pm to 4.45pm on Sundays) or telephone 01727 890290.
Alternatively you can buy tickets online: stalbanscathedral.org/whatson/special-events/fireworks-
1st November- Hatfield House
A space themed firework display that will also have a fun fair and hot food and drinks available. This year’s display will be supporting Parkinson’s UK Welwyn Hatfield Branch. Gates open: 5pm, bonfire is lit at 6:30pm
It is forbidden for anyone to bring pets or fireworks (including sparklers) to this event.
Prices: £7 Adult, £3 Child (Under 5’s free)
Tickets on the day are £8 for Adults, £4 for Children (Under 5’s are free) Only cash payments can be taken on the night.
Tickets can be brought online at hatfield-house.co.uk
5th November- Stevenage
University Of Hertfordshire has organised a free trip for students to Stevenage for a firework display. It will include return coach travel from the University to Stevenage. A chance to see the fireworks and look around the fairground rides and food stalls.
To register go to: http://www.herts.ac.uk/herts-success/event-booking/year-1,-2-and-3-fireworks
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm 5 November 2014
A Family-friendly event that includes, food, drink and craft stalls, along with funfair rides. The Firework display is combined to a set soundtrack which starts at 7:30pm at the Byron Recreation Ground (Peel Road)
Gates open: 3pm
Prices: £5 Student, £6 Adult, Up to £4 Child
For tickets go to: www.harrowfireworks.co.uk
Bob Wahl, Senior Divisional Officer at Essex Fire and Rescue Services has provided the following information that ensures you are safe and abiding by the correct regulations, when celebrating your own Firework display night:
Fireworks and the law
It is an offence for anyone under the age of 18 to possess fireworks in public places and an offence for anyone, other than a firework professional, to possess professional display fireworks.
Police have the power to issue fixed penalty notices to those under the age of 18 caught with fireworks in a public place.
It is illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am. On 5 November, displays can continue until midnight and on certain occasions, such as New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, fireworks can be set off until 1am.
Firework safety code
- Only buy fireworks marked with the British Standard Kitemark BS7114
- Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
- Keep fireworks in a closed box and always follow the instructions carefully when using them
- Light them at arms length using a taper and stand well back
- Never go back to them once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
- Never throw fireworks and never put them in your pocket
- Respect your neighbours – don’t let off fireworks late at night and remember there are laws to follow
- Take care with sparklers – never give them to children under five. Even when they have gone out they are still hot so put sparklers in a bucket of water after use
- Keep your pets indoors throughout the evening
- Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges
- Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire and never burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam furniture or batteries
- Don’t leave bonfires unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water
- Always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of fire
Enjoy the fireworks!
Let us know what you did to celebrate Bonfire night!