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Remember remember the 5th of November

Remember remember the 5th of November

It’s Guy Fawkes night tomorrow! When I’m at home, our village does a firework display on the common as well as the fair coming to town. My family will buy sparklers and then we’ll toast marshmallows on the fire. Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Guy Fawkes night?



Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot


On the 5th of November 1605, a group planned to blow up parliament and the King, triggering a revolt. But (spoiler alert) the plot was foiled. It was during a time in England’s history when tensions were high between Catholics and Protestants and the plot failed because one of the group sent a letter, warning a Catholic Lord of the plan who then passed on the letter to warn the King. When caught, half of the group were killed in the shoot-out and the other half tried for treason.


I used to love Horrible Histories when I was younger and they’ve done a sketch on the gunpowder plot– it’s a bit silly, but I still like it.


Things to do

There are plenty of displays happening in Birmingham. Here are a few I found:


  1. Edgbaston Stadium: 4th November, advanced tickets £8
  2. Botanical Gardens (Edgbaston): 4th November, tickets £8
  3. The Vale Fireworks (UoB): was yesterday, but a great one to remember for next year


As well as going out, you could have friends over for hot chocolate and sparklers if you have a garden! Why not try making one of Jade’s autumn drinks? Or if you fancy staying in, you could binge watch the new BBC drama Gunpowder .


If I’m honest, Guy Fawkes night is fun but the reason I get excited is because it means I can start getting excited for my favourite holiday of the year: CHRISTMAS!


Until next time,

Ellie x

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