Every year Britain celebrates the anniversary of a foiled plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I by lighting bonfires and letting fireworks into the sky. If you can’t get enough of the exploding colours in the night sky, then we have the perfect properties for you.
The history of the celebration dates back to 1605 when Guy Fawkes and his 14 conspirators smuggled 36 barrels of gunpowder into a cellar beneath the House of Lords. If successful, the blast would have destroyed everything within 500 metres of the explosion.
Following the failed plot, Parliament declared that November 5th would be a national day of thanksgiving. Since then, the traditions have changed to become the events that we know today with fireworks set to music, huge bonfires with a guy on top, and wrapping up warm for a fun autumn evening.
Read on to discover seven of the most popular firework displays in the UK, as well as beautiful properties located nearby.
- Cambridge, Midsummer Common firework display
This event is family friendly and free. Midsummer Common is adjacent to the river Cam; you can even hire a punt and enjoy the fireworks whilst bobbing on the water. Before the display starts at 6pm, visitors can enjoy the shopping and restaurants the city of Cambridge has to offer.
Property nearby… Great Shelford, Cambridge CB22.
This magnificent Edwardian residence offers arguably one of the finest views in South Cambridgeshire. The eight bedroom property is situated on the cusp of this historic city, providing easy access to Midsummer Common.
2. Fireworks and Bonfire in Lewes, East Sussex
Claiming to be the largest “proper” bonfire night celebration of its kind in the UK, Lewes Bonfire Celebrations transform the usually peaceful country town of Lewes into a vibrant festival. Parades of people carry flaming torches towards the final bonfire and firework display to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night.
Property nearby… Piltdown, Uckfield, East Sussex
This luxurious five bedroom house contains a most attractive mix of period features with a contemporary interior. The Grade II Listed building stands in 4.8 acres; 2 acres of which are garden and woodland, and the rest is for grazing.
3. Ilfracombe, Devon Firework display
The sea is illuminated by fireworks marking the 5th of November in Ilfracombe. A bonfire and disco follow the firework display which can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Property nearby… “Tides” Ilfracombe, Devon
On this clifftop location, a five bedroom house enjoys coastline views all year round. Built in 2006, the highly individual contemporary family home has a stunning, low maintenance design making “Tides” the ideal property to ‘lock up and leave’ if using it as a second home or holiday let.
4. Bristol, Zoo firework display
Now in its seventh year, Bristol Zoo’s family-friendly fireworks provides great entertainment. Guests are entertained by a display of low-noise fireworks that will light up the night sky without frightening the animals or small children.
Property nearby… Thornbury Hill, Alveston
Set in over six acres, this seven bedroom house (complete with chalet house) has authentic open fireplaces and has been meticulously refurbished by the current owners.
5. Alexandra Palace fireworks
After a four-year hiatus, Ally Pally is back to illuminating the skies of north London. Starting at 8pm, the explosive display of fireworks uses the London skyline as its backdrop. For those who want more than fireworks, there will be a plethora off fun additions; your tickets get you entry into the family zone with funfair rides and entertainment, and a street food and craft beer village.
Property nearby… Mill Heights, The Ridgeway, NW7
Mill Heights is an exclusive new gated development. The renovated building, which is predominantly constructed of red brick, retains many original features and benefits from a beautiful courtyard setting.
7. Battersea Park Fireworks Display
Held at Battersea Park on November 8th, the fireworks display will be set to music. Food will be available on site and entertainment is scheduled to commence from 6.30pm; the bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm and the fireworks start at 8pm.
Property nearby… Chelsea Vista, Battersea
Off-plan two double bedroom luxurious apartment of 805 sq ft, designed by award winning international architects Scott Brownrigg. Views of Battersea Park from a private south facing terrace accessed through full height sliding doors from a reception room featuring quality engineered timber flooring and a contemporary bespoke designer kitchen
We hope you have a fun and safe firework night, wherever you celebrate it!
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