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In the UK “Bonfire Night” is a night on the 5 November associated with fireworks and celebrations. It stems from 1605, when on this night; a man by the name of Guy Fawkes was caught red-handed while keeping an eye on a huge quantity of gunpowder placed under the Houses of Parliament. The Gun Powder Plot was designed by Catholics to kill the Protestant King James I and destroy the Houses of Parliament. People on bonfire night throw straw dummies of Guy Fawkes onto a fire to drive away evil spirits, and the fireworks act as a reminder of the gunpowder that was placed by the plotters.
There are many ways to celebrate bonfire night in a student accommodation; here are some of our top tips:
Find a local fireworks show to watch with your friends or family. It’s much safer than doing it yourself and its an opportunity to see some great professional firework displays. Check out this list for some a list of some firework displays around Stoke-on-Trent, but with a bit of internet detective work there may be more.
Some fireworks displays are ticket entry only so check if you need to book a ticket in advance to guarantee a place. You might also find some events only take cash so take some with you just in case.
2. Feast on Food
If you are out and about make sure you take some extra cash to enjoy some seasonal food which is the perfect way to warm up on a cold night.
If you don’t fancy going out, then how about some bonfire food at home? Hot soup and crusty bread, jacket potatoes with either chilli or cheese (or both), and some mulled wine or hot cider to keep warm. Finish it off with some Parkin Cake, Bonfire Toffee or Toffee Apples.
3. Wrap it up!
In November you can definitely start to feel a chill in the air, especially as the sun goes down. You will not regret cosying up in lots of layers! Coat, jumpers, gloves, hats, scarves and even extra socks are a must!
4. Don’t want to pay?
If you are in one of our student apartments then its almost guaranteed that you already might have some of the best views of the city, and if you are feeling lazy, just looking our of your bedroom window might mean you can catch a glimpse of some fireworks whilst staying nice and warm.
Whatever you get up to we hope you have a firecracker of a night and stay safe!