Remember, remember the Fifth of November… Bonfire Night is a time for fireworks, fun and food! We’ve put together some tips and information on what you’ll need for your Bonfire Night. Why not also read a little about the history of The Gunpowder Plot?
What You Need For Bonfire Night
Wrap Up, Glow and Go!
November nights can get cold so remember to wrap up warm with gloves, hats, scarves and socks, as well as jumpers and coats. Use a torch when walking in the dark and remember to take batteries. Glow jewellery and glow sticks add even more fun to the night (as well as help Mum & Dad to easily find the little ones!). Find all of these products at your nearest Poundland store (click here to use our Store Finder)
Fun With Fireworks!
Firework displays look great in the dark, but be safe (click here to read safety tips)! If you’re lighting fireworks, using a firelighter is much safer than matches. Sparklers are great for making patterns of light, try writing your name with them. We have sparklers available to buy in selected stores which you can see in the list below. Ask one of the Poundland team to help you when shopping.
Hot Food & Drinks
If you’re going to an event to watch the fireworks, take a flask with you for your tea, coffee or hot chocolate, maybe even soup! If you’re celebrating Bonfire Night at home, hot food for your guests will keep them warm and satisfied while they enjoy the show.
We have a great selection of pies, soups, vegetables, baked beans and mushy peas to keep the chills away, and jacket potatoes can be made more interesting with all kinds of toppings. Not forgetting hot dogs and finger rolls are perfect (with ketchup and sauces of course). Poundland is famous for our range of snacks, nibbles and drinks which are great for everyone.
Be Safe With Sparklers
- Find somewhere that is open, but not too windy.
- Remember to wear gloves so that you don’t get burnt.
- Get an adult to light the sparkler whilst you are holding the base of the stick.
- Make sure that only one sparkler is lit at a time. Remember that when they are first ignited, they give a very bright and heated initial spark!
- Remember to hold the sparkler horizontally and as far away from your body and face as possible.
- Once you have had fun with the sparkler and it is no longer burning, make sure to put it in a bucket filled with water.
- Never touch the end of a sparkler, even long after it has stopped burning.
Use The Firework Code
For more information read the RoSPA Guide to Safer Fireworks.
Before they explode read the code!
- Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
- Never give sparklers to a child under 5
- Buy fireworks marked BS 7114
- Keep fireworks in a closed box
- Follow the instructions on each firework
- Light them at arm’s length using a taper
- Stand well back
- Never go back to a lit firework
- Never put fireworks in your pocket
- Never throw fireworks
- Keep pets indoors
The History of 5th November
Bonfire Night – or Guy Fawkes Night – is a unique British event that remembers the Gunpowder Plot. In 1605, five men tried to blow up the House of Lords by smuggling 36 barrels of gunpowder into a cellar using the River Thames. The plot was discovered when an anonymous letter was sent, and a search of the House of Lords was ordered.
Shortly after midnight on 5th November, Guy Fawkes was discovered guarding the gunpowder, which was hidden underneath boxes of faggots and coal. In modern times, the face of Guy Fawkes with his distinctive moustache and beard have been commonly used.
Bonfire Night Celebrations
In January 1606, a law was passed to celebrate 5th November each year, and this remained law until 1859. Bonfires and fireworks were used to celebrate the event as early as the late 1670s. It became tradition for children to make “guys” from old clothes stuffed with rags and newspaper, and use them in the local area to collect money for fireworks, with “A Penny For The Guy”. Today, local communities still celebrate the night with hot food, a bonfire and fireworks.
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Here’s a selection of just some of our great range of products for Bonfire Night at your local Poundland – find your nearest store here.