London Outdoors Things to see and do

‘Remember remember the 5th of November …

gunpowder treason and plot’, as the children’s rhyme goes.

Bonfire Night is a great night in the UK to get out in the brisk autumn air, mingle with the locals, eat lots of sugary holiday treats (toffee apples, treacle toffee, candy floss) and see some impressive pyrotechnics.

Also known as Guy Fawkes Night, this British tradition now appears far removed from its roots. Nevertheless, this tale of  old fashioned terrorism is a very interesting one: in 1605 Mr Fawkes and his catholic conspirators planned the gunpowder plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I, in retaliation for religious persecution in Britain. The plot was foiled and the potential perpetrators tortured and killed. Locals celebrated the survival of the king with bonfires that very night and even now effigies of Guy Fawkes are burned on some fires.

There are fireworks displays all over London, some including bonfires as well. Plan your travel route, get there early, and take along your own seasonal holiday snack – my favourite is Yorkshire parkin. Enjoy!


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