Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
I know of no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
With Bonfire Night falling on a Saturday this year, we’re getting ready to celebrate one of Britain’s rather unique traditions. For those not in-the-know, it started in 1605 when Guy Fawkes and his comrades failed in an attempt to blow up King James I and the Houses of Parliament. Each year on 5th November, Bonfire Night celebrates Guy Fawkes’ arrest by burning bonfires (sometimes with effigies of Guy made by local children) to serve as a reminder that treason should never be forgiven or forgotten.
Growing up, Bonfire Night for my family was always an excuse to have a bit of a party, wrap up against the cold and eat some warming food together, usually on the beach with an enormous crackling bonfire.
Our special treats were hot dogs that made our hands sticky with ketchup, and home-made ‘Bonfire Toffee’ – dark, treacly and totally delicious. Find a good recipe from BBC Good Food here.
Read on for a list of some spark-tacular bonfires and firework displays in Cornwall this weekend.
Bude Rugby Club
Bonfire and firework display, with a Best Guy Fawkes competition at 6pm, BBQ and bar. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm, and fireworks set off at 7pm.
Adults £5, children £3, Under 3/s free
Coronation Park, Launceston
The Beacon will be lit at 7pm, and fireworks set off at 7.15pm.
Adults £5, children £2.50
The Heron Inn, Malpas
Riverside fireworks display, with Hog roast from 5pm, and fireworks at 6.30pm.
Probus, in the field behind the doctors surgery!
Young Farmers Club charity firework and bonfire display, with the bonfire being lit at 7pm, and fireworks starting at 8pm.
Adults £4, under 16s £3, under 5’s free.
The Mill House, Trebarwith
Festival of fireworks with hog roast, BBQ and live music.
Adults £2, children £1
Tremorvah Playing Fields, Truro
Firework display and bonfire, with Best Guy competition, hot food, refreshments, snacks, glow-sticks and sparklers! Gates open at 5pm, and the Best Guy competition will be judged at 5.30pm by Truro’s Mayor.
Adults £3, children £4, under 4’s free. Any child with a Guy will have free entry!
Pengelly Farm, Burlawn, Wadebridge
Wadebridge YFC Charity bonfire and firework display. Donations on the gate. Food and drink will be available.
Gates open at 6.30pm, fireworks will be at 7pm.
Callington School and Community College
Ginsters Firework Spectucular! Enjoy live music and entertainment from Pirate FM, along with delicious food and a hog roast. Doors open at 5.30pm, with the fireworks being set off at 8pm.
Millenium Green, Chacewater
Bonfire and firework display, with BBQ and refreshments.
Gates open at 6.15pm, food from 6.30pm. The bonfire will be lit at 6.45pm, and fireworks set off at 7.15pm.
Adults £3, children £2
All profits go to local Christmas activities/events.
Fireworks from 6pm, with food, bar, and a Best Guy competition.
Minimum £2 donation at the gate.
Falmouth Cricket Club
Firefighters at Falmouth Community Fire Station will set off £7500 worth of fireworks to music. Gates will open at 6pm, with fireworks being set off at 7pm.
Adults £4, children £2
Helston Athletic Football Club
Helston’s biggest firework display yet, with refreshments and a bar.
Adults £4, children £2
Family (2 adults & 2 children) £10
Looe Tencreek Holiday Park
Firework display from 7.30pm.
The Miners Arms, Mithian, St Agnes
Bonfire and firework display, with BBQ, mulled wine, mulled cider and more! From 6.30pm
Mermaid Inn, Porth, Newquay
The only firework display in Newquay, with BBQ starting at 6.30pm, and fireworks at 7.30pm.
Magpies Football Ground, Penzance
Firework display set to music. Gates 6pm, fireworks 7pm.
Bonfire and firework display with fairground rides, food stalls, bar, and live music.
Driftwood Spars Hotel, St Agnes
Firework display with kids entertainment, a caged fire, food, mulled wine, live music and fantastic fireworks! 6pm.
St Ives Porthminster Beach
Firework display on the beach. Music and food from 6pm, fireworks start between 7-7.30pm
Grand firework display. Come early and enjoy the Lions Club BBQ! Gates 6.15pm, fireworks 7pm.
Torpoint The Wilcove Inn
Firework display and bonfire with live music, BBQ and an outdoor bar. 7pm
Tregony Sports Field
Bonfire and fireworks display at Tregony Social Club and Football ground with food, drinks, sweet treats and glow in the dark toys!
Gates 6.30pm, Best Guy competition at 7pm, fireworks 7.30pm.
Firework display with hot food, refreshments and glow sticks on sale. Gates open 5.30pm.
Adults £4, children £3. Family of four £8.
Porthtowan, Blue Bar
Firework display, with hot chocolate and mulled cider in bar, family fun and live music!