Guy Fawkes London

Guy Fawkes London

When

Saturday 5th November 2011

Where

All over London

Guy Fawkes Night returns to London in 2011 with another landmark anniversary event, celebrating 406 years since Guy Fawkes famously attempted to destroy Parliament and the heart of political London with gunpowder, treason and plot.

The Gunpowder Plot
In 1605 a group of conspirators devised a plot to destroy Westminster with powerful explosives, in an attempt to devastate Parliament and kill King James I. The now infamous Gunpowder Plot was intended to strike at the heart of the political system in London and give political power to the Roman Catholics. The Gunpowder Plot was organised by a group of five conspirators including Guy Fawkes.

The conspirators packed a cellar beneath the Palace of Westminster with barrels of gunpowder, planning to blow up the Palace on 5th November 1605. However, the plan leaked and Guy Fawkes was caught red-handed in the cellars, following which he was tortured and eventually executed.

Fireworks displays to remember Guy Fawkes
Though no explosions actually took place on 5th November 1605, the historic event is traditionally celebrated each year with colourful fireworks displays on Bonfire Night, representing what could have been if Guy Fawkes had been successful. Other Guy Fawkes night traditions include the setting of bonfires and making Guy Fawkes dummies. Every year, London comes alive with light, colour and festivities to mark the occasion.

Gunpowder, treason and plot
With 406 years having passed since the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, 2011 again celebrates the thwarting of Guy Fawkes' plot. Accordingly fireworks displays will be taking place throughout London, many of which will include fairground rides, food and drink and other family attractions.

To celebrate this historic event, why not peruse our comprehensive list of firework displays in London. Simply click on the links for more information:

London Fireworks Displays

Bonfire Night Fireworks Displays South London

Bonfire Night Fireworks Displays North London

Bonfire Night Fireworks Displays East London

Bonfire Night Fireworks Displays West London

Barham Park Fireworks Display

Barking Park Fireworks Display

Barkingside Fireworks Display

Barnes Fireworks Display

Bartlett Park Fireworks Display

Battersea Park Fireworks Display

Beckenham Fireworks Display

Blackheath Fireworks Display

Brockwell Park Fireworks Display

Carshalton Park Fireworks Display

Chislehurst Fireworks Display

Crystal Palace Fireworks Display

Danson Park Fireworks Display

Ealing Fireworks Display

Enfield Fireworks Display

Epsom Fireworks Display

Kempton Park Fireworks Display

Kingston Fireworks Display

Legoland Fireworks Display

Lord Mayors Show Fireworks Display

Millwall Park Fireworks Display

Morden Fireworks Display

Norman Park Fireworks Display

Ravenscourt Park

Richmond Fireworks Display

Royal Gunpowder Mills Fireworks Display

Southgate Fireworks Display

Southwark Fireworks Display

Thorpe Park Fireworks Display

Totteridge Fireworks Display

Walthamstow Fireworks Display

Wanstead Fireworks Display

Weavers Fields Fireworks Display

Westway Fireworks Display

Wimbledon Fireworks Display

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