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Bon Fire Night in Somerset

Remember, remember the fifth of November, gun powder treason and plot, I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot and here in Somerset, you’re not likely to! If you’re visiting Somerset, you’ll find that Bon Fire Night is celebrated at various points during the first week of November, so wherever you are, you’re likely to find a display near you.

What could be better than crisp, cold air, the crackling of a fire, the bright lights and loud sounds of fireworks? That’s when you truly know winter is here, so why not celebrate one of the most colourful nights of the year in Somerset? Some of the biggest firework displays in the country take place in the region with events ranging from small community ones to charitable events to huge celebrations.

For some of our overseas visitors, the concept of Bon Fire Night might be an odd one and many people in Britain aren’t completely sure whether they are celebrating the fact that the plot was foiled or that someone came up with the idea in the first place. The whole idea of bonfire night began in November 1605 when Londoners were encouraged to celebrate the King’s escape from assassination by lighting bonfires. Parliament then designated the 5th November every year as a day of thanksgiving which remained in force until 1859. By then though, the lighting of fires had caught on and these days is celebrated all across the country. You’ll hear it referred to as Guy Fawkes Night, Bonfire Night or Firework Night and these modern-day celebrations can be traced directly back to those original fire lighting ceremonies. At some point in the history of remembering the gun powder plot, it became custom to burn an effigy of Guy Fawkes, which is known as a guy. Some communities offer the chance to sponsor or donate money towards the burning of a guy, many firework displays across the area are held in the name of charity these days, so you know that attending will help local good causes.

Somerset’s wide and varied landscape creates the perfect backdrop for watching a firework display and taking part in the burning of the Guys.

Head to the coast to see some truly remarkable displays above the sea all from the great vantage point of Weston-super-Mare pier. Otherwise, you’ll find many of our region’s theme parks and attractions will have special events held for Bon Fire Night.

You can find a whole host of Bon Fire events taking place in Somerset here.

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  1. Firework Extravaganza at Crealy

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    Firework Extravaganza at Crealy

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    Fireworks

    Exeter

    Join us as we light up the skies above Crealy

    Visit Crealy for an amazing day out with all of...

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 28 Oct 2018
  2. Firework Displays at Brean Theme Park

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    Firework Displays at Brean Theme Park

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    Family

    Brean Sands, Brean

    On selected dates through the year we offer a fantastic family night out! This includes half price wristbands to the UK's biggest free admission attraction BREAN THEME PARK followed by our...

    Venue

    Brean Theme Park, North Somerset

    Dates

    From:
    27 Oct 2018 To 27 Oct 2018
  3. Fantastic Fireworks at Longleat

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    Fantastic Fireworks at Longleat

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    Fireworks

    Warminster

    We’re ending the October half term in style!

    ...

    Dates

    From:
    1 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  4. Light Up Lansdown Fireworks Display

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    Light Up Lansdown Fireworks Display

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    Fireworks

    BATH

    One of the biggest and best fireworks displays in...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Nov 2018 To 2 Nov 2018
  5. Firework Display and Family Disco at Farrington Park

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    Firework Display and Family Disco at Farrington Park

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    Fireworks

    Bristol

    GATES OPEN 6PM.

    The biggest firework display...

    Dates

    From:
    2 Nov 2018 To 2 Nov 2018
  6. Yeovil Fireworks Night

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    Yeovil Fireworks Night

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    Fireworks

    Yeovil

    Family £25 -  Adult £10 -  Child £5 on the gate...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  7. Bonfire Night Fireworks Display at Puxton Park

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    Bonfire Night Fireworks Display at Puxton Park

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    Fireworks

    WESTON-SUPER-MARE

    Puxton Park has become famous for its fabulous firework displays.

    This year on the 3th November we invite the award-winning Fire Magic back to wow crowds once again (www.firemagic.co.uk). The...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  8. Free Fireworks Display at Clarks Village

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    Free Fireworks Display at Clarks Village

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    Fireworks

    Street

    Add a little sparkle to your festive shopping

    Saturday 3 November 2018, 7pm

    With Christmas just around the corner, Clarks Village is starting the festivities in style – with a spectacular...

    Dates

    From:
    3 Nov 2018 To 3 Nov 2018
  9. Family Firework Display at Wells City Football Club

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    Family Firework Display at Wells City Football Club

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    Fireworks

    Wells

    Wells City football club presents its annual...

    Dates

    From:
    4 Nov 2018 To 4 Nov 2018
  10. Hatch Charity Fireworks 2018 – in association with Taunton’s 107.8 Tone FM

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    Hatch Charity Fireworks 2018 – in association with Taunton’s 107.8 Tone FM

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    Fireworks

    Taunton

    Due to the continuing, overwhelming support for...

    Dates

    From:
    5 Nov 2018 To 5 Nov 2018
  11. Fireworks at Sea at The Grand Pier

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    Fireworks at Sea at The Grand Pier

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    Event

    WESTON-SUPER-MARE

    A spectacular pyrotechnic display that will thrill the whole family. Don¹t forget tickets include unlimited ride wristbands for the evening!  

    Venue

    Grand Pier, North Somerset

    Dates

    From:
    17 Nov 2018 To 17 Nov 2018
    From:
    29 Dec 2018 To 29 Dec 2018

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