It all started in 1605, when a small group of people planned to blow up the houses of Parliament and in turn kill the King. When Queen Elizabeth 1st took the throne of England she made some laws against the Roman Catholics. Guy Fawkes was one of a small group of Catholics who felt that the government was treating Roman Catholics unfairly. They hoped that King James 1st would change the laws, but he didn’t.
The plot was to place gunpowder under the Houses of Parliament, and the next time King James 1st opened Parliament they would blow it all up.
Guy Fawkes was the one given the task of watching over the gunpowder and light the fuse when the time came. But on the morning of the 5th November caught in the cellar and was arrested and tortured.
When people heard about the Kings safety they celebrated by lighting bonfires and setting off fireworks. This tradition is carried on to this day. Often people will put effigies of Guy Fawkes on their bonfires.
There are many different ways in which you can celebrate the day, you can have a little celebration in your own back garden (if you have the room) with fireworks and sparklers. I don’t think you can beat a hot, crispy jacket potato filled will chilli con carne whilst stood outside watching the beautiful fireworks. If you don’t fancy your own celebration, you could attend an organised event near you.
Cantley Park 29 hectares of parkland, just outside of Wokingham plays hosts to an annual fireworks display, with a stunning torchlight procession leaves the town centre at 6pm. You can enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of Cantley House Hotel
. Executive Room prices start at £110, you can also enjoy a Sleepy Sunday Soiree for an extra £60pp.
The Gibbon Bridge Hotel
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are having a Firework and Bonfire night party, which all the family can attend. on Monday 5th, with all the trimmings and of course traditional parkin and bonfire toffee.
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