Bonfires and firework displays in Manchester 2016
It’s that time of year again, the time we’ve all been told from an early age to ‘remember, remember the fifth of November.’ November 5th is the national day synonymous with fireworks, bonfires and celebration. But what does the day recognised for over four centuries actually commemorate, and more important where are the bonfire and firework displays in Manchester.
The origins of the day date back to a Roman Catholic activist plot from 1605. Led by a man called Robert Catesby, the radical group were disillusioned with life in England under the ruling of the Protestant king at the time, James I. The plotters, angered at not being able to practice their religion planned to blow up the Palace of Westminster during the state opening of Parliament. However it is not Robert Catesby but Guy ‘Guido’ Fawkes, the gunpowder expert of the group who is the most renowned member.
When a member of parliament was tipped off with an anonymous letter and the plot foiled, King James I declared the day a national holiday. Fast forward four hundred years and we are still gathering to light bonfires and set off fireworks marking the explosives that were never used.
So there you go history lesson over. Now we have brushed up our knowledge on the meaning of what could be construed as a night of dabbling in light pyromania, where can you go for free in Manchester to watch some of the displays on offer this weekend?
Home to one of the biggest displays in the region, the bonfire will be lit at 7:30pm on Saturday night, followed by fireworks. The park is also putting on a funfair and a host of tasty treats will be available from 5pm to 9:30pm.
The event at Platt Field’s will also be held on Saturday 5th. It will have a funfair and the bonfire will kick off at 7:30pm. Fireworks will follow afterwards.
Down the road in Wythenshawe Park they are sticking to the exact same times and date as Heaton Park and Fallowfield with the bonfire from 7:30pm and the fireworks following on shortly afterwards.
The famous South Manchester display is back for another year on Saturday 5th November. The popular event at the Horse and Jockey pub will host two displays this year, one for the kids at 7pm and another for the grown ups at later on from 9pm. There will also be an outdoor bar and barbeque to go at.
The main display in Salford starts with a funfair at 5pm, followed by a bonfire from 7pm and fireworks at 7.30pm. Get ready for lots of “oohs” and “aahs”!
Over in Bolton they are entertaining the masses on Friday 4th November with a funfair from 6pm, and the firework family fun is on from 8pm.
Last but certainly not least of the free displays on show this weekend is the Trafford Centre back with a bang again this year with its Fireworks Spectacular event from 6:30pm on Sunday 6th. Get ready for some choreographed pyrotechnics!
These events are all free entry. Wherever you are based across Greater Manchester there is an event to cater for all tastes and budgets. Wrap up warm and have some fun in your local area this weekend, I’ll be out in Chorlton watching the spectacle this year!
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Stay safe this Bonfire Night and most importantly;
Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
We see no reason Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot ….
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