Bonfire Night 2021 – Weather & fireworks events near me TONIGHT & tomorrow, plus major asthma warning for families

IT'S that time of year again – Bonfire Night is upon us once more.

With events more or less entirely called off due to covid last year, 2021 is a chance for families up and down the country to make up for lost time.

So whether you're looking for the best fireworks displays in your area, the latest weather forecasts or if you're simply hoping to bag some great Guy Fawkes-themed supermarket deals, we have you covered.

This live blog will cover absolutely everything Bonfire Night related so make it your one-stop shop for making plans and grabbing a bargain this year.

Read our Bonfire Night live blog below for the very latest updates…

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    Millions with asthma issued urgent warning

    BRITS with asthma have been warned to start taking measures to protect themselves now in order to avoid a deadly attack this bonfire weekend.

    Particles of smoke caused by fireworks and bonfires could trigger symptoms in 3million asthma sufferers – making it hard for them to breathe.

    Everyone with asthma has different triggers and symptoms which is why not every sufferer will be affected by bonfire night.

    The particles of smoke can irritate the airways, causing sufferers to become inflamed and tighten.

    This results in coughing and wheezing and could result in a fatal asthma attack.

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    Snow on Bonfire Night?

    TROPICAL Storm Wanda is heading towards Britain and bringing heavy downpours and 70mph winds along with it.

    The 500 mile-wide weather system is currently raging across the Atlantic and is expected to hit the UK by Tuesday.

    Bookies have slashed the odds on this being the coldest November ever to 4/1 from 7/1.

    There's also a 2/1 shot that we'll see snow on Bonfire Night.

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    Bonfire Night in Wales

    Sophia Gardens Firework Display, Cardiff – November -5

    Swansea’s Biggest Firework Display, – November – 5

    Rocket Firework Train, Denbighshire, November – 3

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    Bonfire Night in Scotland

    Leith Bonfire Night 2021, Edinburgh – November 5

    Edinburgh Bonfire Night 2021, – November 5

    Glasgow Bonfire Night 2021, – November 5

    Bught Park, Inverness, November – 5

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    Bonfire Night in the North West

    Escape to Freight Island Fireworks, Manchester – November 5

    Fallowfield Bonfire Night 2021, Manchester – November 5

    Dingle Bonfire Night 2021, Liverpool – November 5

    Fleetwood Town FC Firework extravaganza – November 4

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    Bonfire Night in the North East and Yorkshire

    Big Blaze 2021, Newcastle – November 6

    Illuminate the Gardens 2021, Sheffield – November 7

    Finkle & Green's Stockton Firework Display, Stockton-on-Tees – November 7

    Middlesbrough Bonfire Night 2021 – November 5

    York Bonfire Night 2021 – November 5

    Crosland Hill, Huddersfield – November 7

    Mirfield Showground, Kirklees – November 6

    Bonfire & Fireworks Extravaganza, Bradford – November 6

    Fireworks, Bonfire and Family Fun 2021, Humberdale Farm, East Riding – November 5

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    Bonfire Night in the East of England:

    Cambridge Bonfire Night, – November 5

    Fireworks Fantasia and Halloween Spooktacular, Peterborough – November 6

    Farm Fun & Family Fireworks at Mead Open Farm, Billington, Bedfordshire – November 6

    Ipswich Fireworks Festival 2021 – November 6

    Hunstanton Fireworks Display, Norfolk – November 6

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    Bonfire Night in the Midlands

    Fireworks Spectacular and Fun Fair at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham – November 6

    Bournville Bonfire Night 2021, Birmingham – November 5

    Bonfire Bonanza at the Notts Maze, Nottingham – November 4

    Fireworks Frenzy Drive-In, Santa Pod Raceway, Wellingborough – November 5

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    Bonfire night in the South West

    Poole Quay: Firework Night, Dorset – November 5

    Arno’s Vale Bonfire Night, Bristol – November 5

    Fireworks to Music at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, Bristol – November 5-7

    Truro Bonfire Night, Cornwall – November 5

    Ottery St Mary, Devon, November 5

    Fireworks and Bonfire Gala, Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire, – November 5

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    Fireworks near me – from London & Cornwall to Manchester & Scotland

    BONFIRE Night is upon us once more and that means fireworks and spectacular displays lighting up the night sky.

    With events more or less entirely called off due to Covid last year, 2021 is a chance for families up and down the country to make up for lost time. Here is our definitive list of the best firework events in town.

    London and South East:

    Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival 2021 – November 6 & 7

    Battersea Park Fireworks Show – November 6 & 7

    Musical Fireworks Display, Wimbledon Park – November 5 & 6

    Lewes Bonfire Celebrations – November 5

    Leeds Castle Firework Spectacular, Maidstone – November 6 & 7

    Hatch Warren Firework Display Extravaganza, Basingstoke – November 6

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    Google lights up for Bonfire Night

    Tonight's the night, and it's going to be a big one!

    As usual, Google always surprises on big days. This time, Googling 'Bonfire Night' will see an array of fireworks light up your screen.

    These will do in the meantime, until tonight's big show…

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    Explained: Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night with fireworks?

    Bonfire Night is celebrated in the UK by lighting bonfires, burning "Guys", which are effigies styled after the plotter and setting off fireworks.

    People first started lighting bonfires as a celebration that the king hadn't been killed, and the tradition has persisted to this day.

    Fireworks are also set off throughout the country as they are powered by gunpowder, representing the explosives that were never used.

    And yeoman of the guard still search the cellars of the Houses of Parliament before the state opening in November.

    However, it is a ceremonial gesture rather than an actual terrorist hunt, even using old lanterns.

    Funnily enough, and despite being the most famous member of the group, Guy Fawkes didn't lead the plot, he just ended up being caught in Parliament's cellars with a shed load of gunpowder.

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    Why do we celebrate with fireworks today?

    Bonfire Night 2021 is TODAY – which means it's time for sparklers, toffee apples and braving the cold.

    Every year, Bonfire Night falls on November 5.

    The famous rhyme: "Remember, remember the fifth of November," relates to the celebration as it marks the anniversary of the foiled Gunpowder Plot on November 5, 1605.

    The plot revolved around a group of Catholic revolutionaries who wanted revenge for the persecution of their religious faith in England.

    By renting a house near the Houses of Parliament, one of the plotters, Guy "Guido" Fawkes, managed to smuggle 36 barrels of gunpowder under the building – ready to blow it sky high.

    Guy and his group wanted to kill the king, and timed their attack for the state opening of Parliament.

    But an anonymous tip-off led the police to uncover the plot, and explosives expert Guy Fawkes was caught red-handed, before being tortured into revealing the details of the plot.

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    Daughter is a life saver!

    A quick-thinking three-year-old girl saved her mum’s life after a bonfire triggered an asthma attack.

    Imogen bravely called 999 and directed an ambulance to the family home as her mum Kayleigh Robus, 29, struggled for breath.

    The pair were playing in the garden when the community carer suddenly felt her chest tighten and she was soon unable to speak. Terrified Kayleigh, of Burgess Hill, West Sussex, realised that the smoke from a nearby bonfire had triggered an asthma attack.

    The mum told The Argus: “I was playing in the garden with Imogen when suddenly I smelt smoke and straight away felt my chest tighten. I rushed inside the house and took puffs on my inhaler which helped at first but it wasn’t enough and I was struggling to breathe. I couldn’t breathe in or out, I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t do anything. It was horrific.”

    As Kayleigh battled for breath, her toddler amazingly dialled 999 and told an ambulance where they lived.

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    Can my landlord ban fireworks?

    Tenancy agreements often prohibit bonfires or fireworks, so check your agreement or ask your landlord if you are unsure.

    It is legal for a landlord to ban the use of fireworks in a tenancy agreement.

    Your agreement may also state that you must not engage in antisocial behaviour or cause noise pollution, which may include letting off fireworks.

    It is, therefore, a good idea to check with your landlord and neighbours if you plan to hold a fireworks display.

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    ASDA confirms it is selling fireworks

    Asda has confirmed to The Sun that it will be selling fireworks in its stores for bonfire night.

    It said that it would be offering both traditional fireworks and “low/no noise” options.

    For example, we spotted it was selling a box of low noise fireworks for £10.

    It’s also selling boxes of normal fireworks for £6 each.

    You can only buy fireworks in stores, according to its website.

    It’s a good idea to check ahead with your local store to see if they have boxes available – you can find where your nearest one is using Asda’s store locator tool.

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    Explained: what was the actual plan and why did it fail?

    By renting a house near the Houses of Parliament, one of the plotters, Guy “Guido” Fawkes, managed to smuggle 36 barrels of gunpowder under the building – ready to blow it sky high.

    Guy and his group wanted to kill the king, and timed their attack for the state opening of Parliament.

    But an anonymous tip-off led the police to uncover the plot, and explosives expert Guy Fawkes was caught red-handed, before being tortured into revealing the details of the plot.

    Typically, treasonous plotters like Guy Fawkes would have been hung, drawn and quartered, but Guy’s death was a little different.

    The rest of his band were subject to the barbaric killing, but Guy fell from his hanging platform and broke his neck, dying instantly.

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    Explained: Who was Guy Fawkes?

    Guy Fawkes – or Guido Fawkes as he would have called himself – was an English Catholic born around 1570 in York.

    During the 1570s, despite previously promising ‘not to make windows into people’s souls, Elizabeth I stepped up her persecution of Catholics in her realm after the Pope excommunicated her – making it not a sin for a Catholic to kill her.

    This embittered Fawkes who left the country to fight for Catholic Spain and later tried to drum up support for a Catholic rebellion without success.

    He later returned to England after James I&VI took the throne to take part in a planned rebellion organised by Robert Catesby. The plan was to detonate gunpowder under the Houses of Parliament – killing James and his eldest son Henry.

    Contrary to popular myth, Fawkes was not the ringleader – he was just the guy who was caught guarding the gunpowder when the plot was rumbled.

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    How to be NEIGH-bourly…

    It’s not just the animals in your home that can be scared of fireworks – horses can be too. If you’re a horse owner:

    • Know in advance – check to see if there are going to be any firework displays in your area.
    • Talk to the organisers – where possible, tell the organisers of firework displays that there are horses nearby and ask them to set off their fireworks in the opposite direction.
    • Get BHS advice – for top tips on keeping your horse safe and secure during the firework season, please follow the advice from the British Horse Society.

    What's the fireworks code?

    1.  Never buy fireworks from unlicensed retailers. These fireworks may be unsafe and illegal.

    2.   Avoid setting fireworks off late at night. Be considerate – let your neighbours know you will be having a display, especially if they are elderly or they have pets or children.

    3.  Always keep fireworks in a closed box. Take them out one at a time and close the box.

    4.   Never throw fireworks or put them in your pocket.

    5.  Ensure your pets are safe. There’s expert advice available at petsathome.com

    6.  Carefully follow the instructions on each firework. Never go back to a lit firework unless the instructions advise otherwise

    7.   Never give sparklers to a child under the age of five. Light sparklers one at a time and wear suitable gloves, even when lighting them.

    8.   Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire.

    Was Guy Fawkes burnt at the stake?

    Despite people burning a ‘Guy’ every Bonfire night, Guy Fawkes was not burnt alive.

    Some of the conspirators, such as Robert Catesby died in a shoot out a few days later, but Fawkes and a few others stood trial and were sentenced to death.

    Traditionally traitors in 17th-century England were hanged, drawn and quartered in public.

    But Fawkes avoided punishment by leaping from the platform, to avoid having his testicles cut off, and broke his neck.

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      Corner cutting will cost you

      It is predicted that hundreds of thousands of bonfires will be lit next weekend as Brits mark Guy Fawkes Night, with fire crews being up to four times as busy on November 5.

      The Environment Agency has asked people planning on having bonfires at home to ensure they are only using clean, non-commercial waste, or they could be at risk of a £50,000 fine.

      The burning of most types of waste is illegal in the UK, and can cause pollution which could be extremely harmful to family, friends and neighbours.

      Sam Pickard of the Environment Agency said: “Bonfires are not to be used for a seasonal clear-out of your rubbish. It is not an excuse to get rid of difficult to dispose of rubbish by burning it yourself or asking others to do it for you.

      “We want to encourage people to make sure they dispose of their waste legally and safely at their recycling centre or through their doorstep collections. And if you are responsible for a bonfire, when you are doing your checks for wildlife also look to see if anyone has added rubbish to your bonfire.”

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      Robert Catesby's Game of Thrones connection

      Actor Kit Harington – who famously played Jon Snow in the hit Game of Thrones – revealed he is actually a direct descendant of Robert Catesby.

      He told how his mother is descended from the plot ringleader, while a relative on his father’s side was in Parliament when Catesby’s head was paraded outside.

      The 34-year-old even later went onto star as Catesby in a BBC One drama series Gunpowder in 2017.

      Kit he said: “When [Catesby’s] head was marched past the houses of Parliament on a pike, John Harington on my father’s side, who was in the houses of Parliament at the time, looked at him and is quoted as saying, ‘He’s an ugly fellow, isn’t he?’. Isn’t that brilliant?”

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      Potato spark

      One mum has shared her savvy trick to stop little fingers getting burnt on Bonfire night.

      Francesca Ross uploaded a photo showing how she sticks potatoes on the end of sparklers for her children to hold instead of the metal end.

      She wrote on the Facebook group Family Lowdown Tips & Ideas: “With bonfire night coming up I thought I’d share the potato trick we just did for the sparklers.

      “Worked amazing for the little toddlers.”

      Her post has racked up over a thousand likes, with one person writing: “Great idea!”

      Another added: “I find carrots and parsnips work best…abit longer and easier for the little ‘uns to hold.”

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      All good intentions

      Bonfire night is full of myths and legends – but here at the safety myths you MUST ignore this holiday.

      It’s good to know what you should – and more importantly – shouldn’t do if you end up needing to leap into action.

      Bonfire night is one of the busiest nights of the year in the UK’s A&E departments.

      There are plenty of old wives’ tale and myths surrounding how to deal with burns and choking. But we have busted the traditional treatments and explained what you should really do.

      Here we’ve collated some first aid tips and myths from St John Ambulance trainer Clive James to keep everyone safe this weekend…

      Read more here.

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