The history of Bonfire night, explained for children

Have your children ever asked you “why do we have Bonfire Night and big, bright fireworks displays every November 5 here in the UK?” If they have and you wanted to give them the facts, Lyons have a brief guide for you to help your children when it comes to all the details of the Gunpowder Plot, right here for you to see:A spectacular picture of fireworks on Bonfire night outside a Lyons Holiday Parks siteWhat is Bonfire Night? Every year, on November 5th thousands of people across the UK gather at events to celebrate Bonfire Night. We enjoy small fireworks parties in back gardens as well as bigger organised displays in public places too. But why? The reason behind this is because it marks the anniversary of an attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament, which was led by a man called Guy Fawkes. The attempt is known as the Gunpowder Plot, and we light bonfires in order to burn the “Guy” – a kind of dummy, or scarecrow looking figure, that is meant to represent Fawkes. What was the Gunpowder Plot?Guy Fawkes headed up the Gunpowder Plot hundreds of years ago, in 1605. The idea behind this was a secret plan to blow up King James I and his government. Mr Fawkes, assisted by his group, smuggled 36 barrels of gunpowder into the cellars underneath the Houses of Parliament in London, as they prepared to set off a huge explosion. However, there was one member of the group helping Fawkes in his plot who sent a letter to his friend who worked in Parliament, advising him to steer clear of his workplace on November 5th. Some supporters of King James I got hold of the warning letter and the plot was foiled! Guards went down to the cellars and broke into where the gunpowder plotters were lying in wait for the moment when they were supposed to let them off. All of them were arrested, tortured and executed! The reason the Gunpowder Plot came about was because of religion. England was, back then, a Protestant country, and the plotters were of Catholic faith. The group who were in cahoots with Guy Fawkes wanted to return England to the Catholic faith and they thought they could do this by killing King James I and his ministers. This definitely didn’t work out for them, but as a result we now have an abundance of fun-filled family events, not just near our holiday homes for sale in Prestatyn, but all over Wales and the rest of the UK.

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