Bonfire Night – what’s it all about?
As November approaches, children and adults alike get those words marching round and round:
Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
For those who are unfamiliar with this, well, rather unique British custom, it stems back to 1605 when Guy Fawkes (the guy who inspired V from V for Vendetta), failed in his and other Catholic sympathizers’ attempt to blow up both King James I and the Parliament. So the annual bonfire night celebrates Guy Fawkes’ arrest by burning effigies of him, and serves as a reminder that treason would never be forgiven or forgotten. Nice excuse to have a firecracker of a party, isn’t it?
Where can I celebrate?
Here is a quick guide to some of the most SPARK-TACULAR (see what I did here?) fireworks displays taking place in Scotland around early November 2016.
Saturday 29 October
- Hopetoun House Bonfire and Fireworks Night, Queensferry, near Edinburgh, 4-8pm
Sunday 30 October
- End of Season Bonfire Spectacular, Briarlands Farm, near Stirling, 4-6.30pm
Thursday 3 November
- Mar Lodge Bonfire and Fireworks Night, Braemar, Aberdeenshire, 6-9pm
Friday 4 November
- Stirling and Bridge of Allan Fireworks, Strathallan Games Park, Bridge of Allan, from 5.45pm
Saturday 5 November
- Glasgow Green Fireworks Display, Glasgow Green, timings TBC
- Meadowbank Fireworks, Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, 6-8pm
- Perth Bonfire Night, South Inch, Perth, 5.30-8.30pm
- Dundee Fireworks Display and Bonfire, Lochee Park and Baxter Park, Dundee, 6-7.30pm
- Inverness Civic Bonfire and Fireworks Display, Bught Park, Inverness, 6.30-8.30pm
- Paisley Fireworks Spectacular, Paisley town centre, 12-7pm (family events throughout afternoon)
- Dunfermline Fireworks Display, Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline, 6-8pm
- Helensburgh Bonfire and Fireworks Display, Helensburgh Pierhead, Helensburgh, 6-8.30pm
- North Berwick Fireworks, East Lothian Yacht Club, North Berwick, from 7.30pm
- Linlithgow Fireworks Night, Linlithgow Rugby Club, Linlithgow, from 7pm
- Callendar Park Fireworks, Callendar Park, Falkirk, 6.30-8pm
- Dornoch Bonfire Night, Town Square/Meadows Park, Dornoch, Highlands, 6.30-7.30pm
Sunday 6 November
- Spooktacular Fireworks Extravaganza, George Watson’s College Rugby Stadium, Edinburgh, 4-5.15pm
- Dumfries Community Fireworks Display, Whitesands, Dumfries, 6pm
- Stonehaven Bonfire and Fireworks Display, Mineralwell Park, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, from 6pm
Saturday 12 November
- Ballachulish Bonfire Night & Fireworks Display, Ballachulish Quarry, from 7pm
- Newmachar Fireworks Display, Charlie Gordon Park, Newmachar, Aberdeenshire, from 6.30pm
For more bonfires and fireworks displays across Scotland, check out our events listings, or search your own local community or council website for details of organised events.
While you ohh and ahh watching the amazing spectacle, remember not to underestimate their destructive power and read the Bonfire night safety guide.
Fireworks – a couple of hot facts
- Did you know that the tremendous boom heard at the end is caused by the air expanding faster than the speed of sound?
- The impressive colours of the fireworks depend on a signature chemicals mix, mainly metal salts and metal oxides, which react to produce an array of colours.
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