Remember remember the fifth of November.

Bonfires and fireworks are fun at any time of the year, but there is something even more exciting about these spectacular displays on 5th November. Couple that with eating toffee apples and writing your name with sparklers and you’ve got yourself a pretty good evening.

In the UK, we’ve been burning effigies of Guy Fawkes to celebrate the foiled gunpowder plot of 1605 for over 400 years – and the tradition is still going strong today.

So we’d thought we’d round up 5 of the best FREE shows this November.

Battle Bonfire Night // Saturday 3rd November // FREE

First up is the bonfire night in Battle on Saturday 3rd November. You can make a day of it as proceedings start at 10am with the ringing of the church bells and the children’s procession following.

Battle Bonfire 

‘The Guy’ is then marched up the High Street from around 7pm which is followed by the lighting of the fire, fireworks, and effigy from 9pm on Abbey Green.

Lewes Bonfire Celebrations // Monday 5th November // FREE

The bonfire celebrations in Lewes are one of the biggest, if not the biggest in the UK. The event is a Lewes tradition and goes back many years. It features torch lit processions through the town, followed by bonfire and fireworks displays on the surrounding hills.

 Lewes Bonfire

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The event is organised by local societies and starts around 5pm and runs into the very early hours.

Rye Bonfire // Saturday 10th November // FREE

Another fantastic setting for a bonfire and firework display is Rye. The procession gets underway at 7:50pm and is started by the loud, firework-like, maroon. The procession then follows the route through the town.

 Rye Bonfire

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‘Rye Fawkes’ will then appear and light the bonfire at around 8.45pm with the fireworks display beginning at 9pm.

If you’re up for travelling a little further afield then here are two other brilliant events.

Cambridge Bonfire Night // Monday 5th November // FREE

The Midsummer Common in Cambridge hosts one of the biggest and most popular bonfire events in the country. This free event has been running for over 20 years and is back again this year with a bonfire, food stalls and fairground rides from 6pm.

 Cambridge Fireworks

The first rocket will be launched at 7pm followed by the lighting of the bonfire.

Ottery St Mary Tar Barrels Festival // Monday 5th November // FREE

The Tar Barrels Festival in the Devonshire town of Ottery St. Mary has been running since 17th century. Ottregians (those born in the town) carry flaming barrels above their heads all the way through the town.

Tar Barrel 

The event is very spectacular, even if a bit bizarre. You can also enjoy a funfair and one of the largest bonfires in the south west.

Organiser expect large volumes of people to attend each of these events so make sure you allow plenty of time for your journey, arrive early, and wherever possible walk or use public transport.

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