”Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.” – Wikipedia
Bonfire Night is an odd holiday as we don’t ‘celebrate’ much (unlike Christmas) but we still gather together and have traditions such as fireworks and big bonfires. It can rack up however there are ways to make sure you’re not spending more than you have to when going out this year on Bonfire Night.
Splurge: Heading into the centre of a city to push through the crowds, overspend on taxi’s and have a crap view.
Save: Find a friend with a view of the fireworks or head into your local town for a smaller and cheaper event on. If you’re an adult who’s got their head screwed on, you can do your own fireworks but I wouldn’t recommend unless you were 100% comfortable. If nothing else – sparklers!
Splurge: Buy from vendors on the street at the event paying premium for mostly novelty snacks or desperate hunger.
Save: If heading out, take your own snacks. If staying in, cook something warm like hearty soup to sip from a thermos whilst watching the display.
Splurge: Buying at the event is always expensive with drinks often starting at £5.
Save: If heading to a friends or hosting then just grab a few beers to watch the display or if heading out, sneak some alcohol into the event in a water bottle.
Splurge: Pay to visit one!
Save: Have your own ceremonial bonfire night at your chiminea or fire pit in the garden. Stay safe and use it to keep warm as you catch up with friends.