The best bonfire displays to enjoy on your staycation...
There are many reasons why we love bonfire night; wrapping up warm in our best woolly gear, the exhilarating ambience which fills the air, explosions of colour which paint the sky, tales of Guy Fawkes and gunpowder plots – not forgetting the toffee apples and paper bags of treacle toffee!
Just because you’re away on holiday doesn’t mean you have to miss one of the most thrilling nights of the year, and your little ones wouldn’t be too happy about skipping the event either! So, wrap up in your cosiest autumn attire and get ready to marvel as the sky fizzes over with sparks and stars and a spot of ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’. Here are our favourite bonfires to attend, which all happen to be on the doorstep of some of our favourite retreat locations:
Although you’re tucked away in the countryside, you will be pleased to know that if you do decide to attend a bonfire, there are a couple of fantastic ones close to our Yorkshire Dales holiday cottages which your whole family will love. If you do not want to travel too far and would prefer a smaller, more community feel, there’s a fantastic event at Richmond School held on Monday 5th November. For those wanting to watch a more extravagant display (perhaps better for the older kids) there’s an impressive evening held at the historical Bolton Abbey (3rd November) by the banks of the River Wharfe in the shadows of the Priory Ruins. Prepare to be entertained by fire eaters, an array of traditional fairground rides and the cherry on the cake - a dazzling firework display.
For those who fancy going to the beach to watch a display, there’s one at The Seahorse on Pentewan Beach (26th October) just down the road from our South Cornwall holiday cottages. All ages are welcomed at the event, which will be held in support of the Cornwall Air Ambulance. Food, entertainment and refreshments will also be available from the Seahorse Club throughout the night. Before the explosive firework display commences, there will be a Kids' Mini Disco at 7pm and further entertainment after the display – so you can enjoy a full night of fun if you wish! We also recommend the Tregony Display in Truro (3rd November) where families can enjoy funfair rides, bouncy castle, BBQ, live entertainment and epic fireworks!
If you're staying at our Fistral Beach apartments, you won’t struggle to find a thrilling local bonfire. Newquay’s main firework display is held at Newquay Sports centre on Monday 5th November. As well as a stunning firework display there will be face painters and an assortment of refreshments. There will also be a fireworks display held at Newquay Harbour, which is on a smaller scale, but provides a unique experience watching the fireworks cast glistening patterns across the water.
Bonfires date back in Scottish history to well before Guy Fawkes and his notorious gun powder plot; historians say two to three thousand years! This deep-rooted tradition is linked to paganism, with a fascinating history behind it. With that in mind, it could even be said that Scotland is home of the original bonfire! If you’re staying at Lews Castle and want to join in on the fun, there will be a bonfire at neighbouring Tunga village, which is less than a 10-minute drive from the castle.
If you’re staying at one of our Canalside Cottages that border Inverness this bonfire night, we thoroughly recommend attending the Inverness Bonfire (5th November) to spectate the annual firework display. This year's show will feature a Giant Bonfire and a jaw dropping 20-minute musical fireworks display. There will also be a selection of hot food stalls and a fun fair. Another evening worth attending is the display at Dochgarroch Locks. This event is one which the whole family will love, what’s more, all proceeds go towards the RNLI and Dochgarroch Primary School.