The History , Traditions and Why people celebrate 5th Nov Bonfire night.

Bonfire Night, also called Guy Fawkes Night is an event that occurs on November 5th, in England. It is characterised by fireworks, bonfires and food & drinks festivities. This occasion commemorates the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605, a conspiracy aimed at destroying the House of Lords. 

In this blog post we will delve into the history and traditions surrounding Bonfire Night. Explore why fireworks play a role in its celebrations in England.

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History of Bonfire Night

The roots of Bonfire Night can be traced back to the century when a group of Catholics conspired to assassinate King James I and demolish the House of Lords. The mastermind behind this plot was Robert Catesby, who enlisted the help of conspirators including Guy Fawkes – a soldier who had converted to Catholicism.

Their plan involved placing gunpowder in the cellars beneath the House of Lords and igniting it during the State Opening of Parliament on November 5th, 1605. However their scheme was thwarted when Fawkes was discovered guarding the explosives. He was subsequently. Subjected to torture until he revealed information, about his accomplices.

All members involved in this conspiracy were captured, put on trial and ultimately executed.

The failure of the plot was marked by the lighting of bonfires and the spectacle of fireworks, which has now become a tradition in England.

Bonfire Night Traditions

Bonfire Night is celebrated with a range of customs, including the lighting of bonfires, the display of fireworks and the symbolic burning of effigies. One common tradition involves constructing a bonfire using materials like wood pallets and other flammable items. As nightfall arrives the bonfire is set ablaze while spectators enjoy watching fireworks being launched.

Another customary practice involves burning effigies representing a figure commonly known as " Guy " These effigies are often made from clothes filled with straw or similar materials. Are placed atop the bonfire. This act symbolises the execution of Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators.

Trick or treating has become associated with Bonfire Night. Children often dress up in costumes. Go door to door requesting "a penny for the Guy" which they use to purchase fireworks or other treats. While this tradition has diminished in popularity over time it still persists in parts of England.

Why Celebrate Bonfire Night with Fireworks?

The inclusion of fireworks has now become an element in celebrating Bonfire Night throughout England.

The tradition of using fireworks can be traced back, to the century when Bonfire Night celebrations began. Initially referred to as "fireworkes " these colourful displays of light and sound were employed to mark occasions and joyous events.

Nowadays fireworks are renowned for creating captivating exhibitions that illuminate the sky often accompanied by bonfires and other festivities. People of all ages take pleasure in witnessing these mesmerising spectacles, which have grown elaborate over time thanks to pyrotechnics companies.

Beyond their appeal fireworks also carry significance. They serve as a reminder of the gunpowder plot aimed at destroying the House of Lords. By setting off fireworks individuals commemorate the failed plot while celebrating the safety of the King and Parliament from harm.

If you're planning to celebrate Bonfire Night with fireworks, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are our top 10 fireworks for Bonfire Night:

Top 10 Fireworks for Bonfire Night

1. Asylum barrage pack 9 cakes - £149.99

This is an Award winning Asylum Barrage pack of 2021 & 2022!! from VIVID pyrotechnics Fireworks containing 9 assorted barrages, each with its own effects. Every year this is one of the best-selling items we sell because it’s so versatile. With a range of bore sizes including 20, 25 and 30mm for a good variety of different sized sky bursts. FREE (5)Rocket pack of Reapers & Sparklers with this Pack!!

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 Approx time : 15-22 mins

2. WTF 512 Shot compound - £259.99

With a total of 512 jaw-dropping shots including brocades, glittering stars, coloured peonies, and so much more, this firework is sure to leave you and your audience speechless. Known for their top-notch quality, they have truly outdone themselves with WTF 512 shot compound By Vivid Fireworks. Supplies are incredibly limited, so make sure to act fast and secure your chance to experience the ultimate firework show.

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Approx Time : 4 mins

3. Screaming Chrysanthenum - 100 Shot - £129.99

Prepare for an extraordinary experience with our dazzling compound of four large Fireworks, seamlessly fused to craft an astonishing display of 100 shots. These shots will transport you on a visual journey, featuring screeching, swirling comet tails gracefully ascending to magnificent bursts. Prepare to be enchanted by the vibrant deep reds, vivid greens, regal purples, brilliant yellows, and captivating blues embodied in the form of peony stars. Each explosion is followed by a mesmerising delayed chrysanthemum crackle, adding an extra layer of excitement.

As these colours initially unfold in a graceful sequence, they eventually blend harmoniously to form a breathtaking grand finale. This spectacular firework has earned its reputation for vibrant hues and impeccable timing, epitomising the excellence we’ve come to associate with Funke Fireworks.

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Approx Time : 50-56 secs

4. Firework pack 10 cakes & barrages - £489.99

Our Firework Pack 10 cakes & barrages guarantees an impressive showcase of beautiful colours and powerful effects that will leave you in awe. Enjoy our top picks – the mesmerising “Delirious” By vivid Pyrotechnics fireworks for its mixed effects and Hugh bursts or the ever-popular “Face off round 2” which breaks with its massive golden brocade crowns that will hypnotise all who see it, this amazing pack of fireworks promises a brilliant night of family fun for any occasion.
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Approx Time : 20-30 mins

5. Full house barrage pack 9 barrages - £159.99

This barrage pack called Full House by Primed pyrotechnics is a wonderful way to grab yourself a set of high-performance, high-quality fireworks at a bargain price. A fantastic barrage pack made up of 9 individual cakes including Roll The dice, Jackpot to the 50 shot Casino barrage, all with different assorted effects and colours.
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Approx Time : 14-19 mins

6. Jeopardy - 64 shot - £69.99

Discover the mesmerising Jeopardy 64-shot cake by Vivid Pyrotechnics! This exceptional firework is a must-see for every avid firework enthusiast, offering a remarkable 50-second spectacle that will leave you spellbound. Plus, when you choose Vivid Fireworks, a trusted brand awarded ‘Brand of the Year’ in 2023, you’re investing in nothing but the best. Buy Vivid Fireworks today for an unforgettable experience!

When you ignite this masterpiece, you’ll witness a breathtaking display of red, green, and blue stars streaking across the sky, culminating in a magnificent crown burst of harmonious colours. Brace yourself for a pulse-firing section featuring red tails, followed by green tails and blue tails, all shimmering and sparkling to create a truly mesmerising effect. To top it off, a Z-firing W fan of beautiful gold crowns will fill the night sky with sheer brilliance.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there – if you liked this, be sure to check out its Big Brother, known as the BLOODSHOT!

Approx Time : 50 secs

7. Ziegelstein - 120 Shot - £229.99

Get ready to be enthralled by the eagerly awaited Ziegelstein, the 2023 masterpiece from Vivid Pyrotechnics fireworks that’s generating waves of anticipation in the pyrotechnic world. Explore Vivid fireworks for sale and experience the magic!

This magnificent Z-firing giant commands the night sky with an awe-inspiring barrage of 120 shots, boasting 30mm maximum bore tubes. It begins with a grand display of massive gold brocade mines that erupt into magnificent brocade crowns. This dazzling spectacle is further enhanced by the inclusion of sparkling silver stars, forming a mesmerising double Z-firing pattern before culminating in a spectacular volley of 10 shots that seemingly stretch across the entire night sky.

The breathtaking show continues with a similar sequence, featuring gold brocade mines accompanied by the radiance of red strobe stars, ascending red tails, glorious gold brocade crowns, and the enchanting shimmer of red glitter. This sequence repeats with green glitter accents and rising tails, building anticipation for an exhilarating triple volley. This final act features gold rising turbillions tails that gracefully twist through the heavens, culminating in eruptions of golden crowns and deep gold brocades. The excitement of witnessing this in person is simply palpable!

This video presentation offers a dual perspective: one captured up close at a distance of approximately 25 meters for an intimate view and another from a more distant vantage point of around 100 meters, providing a breathtaking panoramic view.

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Approx time : 120-125 secs 

8. PYRO ADDICT 3 - 71 shots - £89.99

Prepare to experience the sheer power of PYRO ADDICT 3, the latest masterpiece from Riakeo Fireworks—an exhilarating firework creation that’s set to redefine celebrations in 2023. This isn’t just a firework; it’s a showstopper that will leave an indelible mark on every event it graces.

With a grand total of 71 shots, featuring tube sizes of 20mm, 25mm, and 30mm, a substantial 12kg gross weight, and an impressive 1000g of NEC (Net Explosive Content), PYRO ADDICT 3 is designed to deliver explosive bursts of vibrant colours that will captivate any crowd. But that’s not all—this extraordinary firework will electrify your celebration for a staggering 40 seconds, ensuring that the memories it creates are etched in your heart forever.

Ignite the Night Sky: When you choose PYRO ADDICT 3 from Riakeo Fireworks, you’re choosing to set the night sky ablaze with an unforgettable frenzy of lights and sounds. Watch in awe as volleys of whistling missiles streak through the air, building anticipation for what’s to come.

Mesmerising Golden Tourbillions: As the display unfolds, you’ll be mesmerised by the ascent of golden tourbillions, gracefully twirling through the heavens. These captivating moments are complemented by beautifully accented brocade bursts that paint the sky with brilliance.

A Grand Finale to Remember: And as the grand finale approaches, prepare to be enthralled by a salvo of white strobe mines, creating a breathtaking spectacle above. The sky will come alive with the radiance of golden and blue sky fillers, leaving everyone in awe.

PYRO ADDICT 3 is the ultimate embodiment of explosive brilliance, and it’s ready to make your celebration truly extraordinary. Don’t miss the chance to acquire these remarkable firework explosives that will undoubtedly elevate any occasion, infusing it with significance and unforgettable memories. Don’t forget there is a Pyro Addict 1 & Pyro Addict 2 too!

Approx time : 40-50 secs 

9. Loose Pack Bundle - £125

Prepare yourself for the Loose Pack fireworks display, featuring an impressive assortment of single ignition barrages and 10 moonshot rockets, each offering five unique effects. This package includes the sensational Loose Cannon 57 shot by Vivid Pyrotechnics, a spectacular 300-shot firework missile cake, 16 shot kamikadze by Klasek Fireworks, another beautiful 16 shot cake called Fission by the newly Pyroworx Fireworks and the renowned 19-shot Russian Roulette.


  • A breathtaking array of effects
  • A sky filled with magnificent displays
  • The ultimate addition to any celebration

This display is guaranteed to leave your guests utterly dazzled.


Approx time : 10-15 mins 

10. Royal Flush Box - £299.99

Prepare to illuminate the night with 32 premium Royal Flush firework box by Primed Fireworks! This fantastic collection is a surefire crowd-pleaser, perfect for gatherings with friends and family. Featuring an array of impressive cakes and rockets, it has everything you need to create a memorable and breathtaking display. You can count on Primed’s top-notch fireworks to captivate your audience with their mesmerising brilliance.

But here’s the catch: These exceptional fireworks Box won’t be available for long, so don’t delay! Hurry and place your order now while stocks last. Get ready for a spectacular performance that will leave your guests in awe!
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Approx time : 25-34 mins 

In summary, Bonfire Night is a unique and exciting celebration in England that has deep historical roots and continues to be a beloved tradition for many people. Whether you’re attending a local event or hosting your own fireworks display, there are plenty of options available to help you create a memorable and enjoyable experience.

If you’re on the hunt for the best fireworks for sale for your Bonfire Night celebrations, look no further than our Online Fireworks Shop UK. Our selection is designed to cater to all your needs, from stunning display cakes like the “Sucker Punch” and “El Loco” to the affordable and versatile “Loose Pack Bundle.” We offer a range that suits every budget and taste, ensuring your celebration lights up the night sky in style.

When searching for the best fireworks for your Bonfire Night display in the UK, it’s essential to consider trusted brands like Pyroworx, Funke Fireworks, VIVID Fireworks, and Klasek Fireworks. To discover where to find Vivid fireworks in the UK, look for reputable suppliers in your area. Prioritise safety by following fundamental guidelines, including setting up fireworks in a secure, open location and maintaining a safe distance. These precautions will ensure a memorable and safe experience for all.

We hope this guide, enhanced with our range of discounted fireworks, has been helpful in explaining the history and significance of Bonfire Night. Additionally, we’ve provided recommendations for celebrating it safely and responsibly. Happy Bonfire Night! Remember, you can always find the best options in our UK Fireworks Shop, where you can buy discounted fireworks online to make your celebration truly unforgettable.

Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind when using fireworks:

  1.  Always purchase your fireworks from a reputable source and ensure they meet the necessary safety standards.
  2.  Read and follow the instructions carefully, and never modify or tamper with the fireworks in any way.
  3.  Make sure that you have an appropriate space to set off your fireworks, such as an open and level area away from buildings, vehicles, and other   flammable objects.
  4.  Keep a bucket of water, a hose, or a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency.
  5.  Never light fireworks indoors or under any form of cover, including trees or cable wires.
  6.  Wear safety gear such as gloves and eye protection, and avoid wearing loose clothing that could catch fire.
  7.  Only light one firework at a time, and never try to relight a firework that has failed to ignite properly.
  8.  Keep a safe distance from the fireworks once they are lit, and never lean over or hold a firework in your hand.
  9.  Supervise children at all times and ensure they are using age-appropriate fireworks under adult supervision.
  10.  After the display, ensure that all the fireworks are fully extinguished and disposed of safely.

     By following these safety tips, you can help ensure that your fireworks display is both fun and safe for everyone involved.

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