Start your weekend off with a bang!

GuyFawks by Plantation Shutters

Start your weekend off with a bang!

What better place to be this Guy Fawkes Night, than the place where it all started over 400 years ago right here in London. From a failed Gunpowder Plot to what it is now, a magnificent display of colours, light and family fun all weekend long. 

Originally, Guy Fawkes night started from the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, a failed plan was set by a group of provincial English Catholics to kill the Protestant King James I of England and replace him with a Catholic head of state. Guy Fawkes was meant to be guarding the gunpowder under the House of Lords when he got caught and arrested on the 5th of November. Immediately King James’s council allowed the public to celebrate his survival with bonfires, so long as they were “without any danger or disorder”. Little is known of how the first occasion was commemorated by the general public, although records indicate that in the Protestant stronghold of Dorchester a sermon was read, the church bells have rung, and bonfires and fireworks were lit.

Here at Plantation Shutters, we are super excited about carrying on the age-old tradition and seeing the sky lit up with bright colours. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the many events going on from the ’90s themed nights to massive two-day festivals with plenty of food, drinks and entertainment to choose from. On top of all the amazing events happening around London this weekend, we have highlighted some of the best for you to check out.

The Alexandra Palace Fireworks have extended to a two-day extravaganza on the 2nd and 3rd of November. It is one of the biggest and baddest displays in town. And it’s happening TWICE!! As well as an impressive fireworks display, there will be plenty of fun for all the family from Street Food and Craft Beer Stalls to Circus Acrobats and Carnival Rides and much much more. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £8.50 for a child. The bonfire will be lit at 7:30 pm and the fireworks display will start at 9 pm on Friday and 8 pm on Saturday.

The award-winning pyro-technicians, Jubilee Fireworks display at Battersea Park on the 3rd of November is back and will be bringing a spectacular show lasting 22 minutes. There will be plenty of food and drink stalls, so you will be spoilt for choice to fill up before witnessing a remarkable firework display on the banks of the River Thames. Entry opens at 6 pm and no entry after 8 pm. Tickets cost £11 (including booking fee) for adults and are free for children 10 and under but they must have a ticket. 

The biggest event of Richmond is at Richmond Rugby Club Athletic Grounds on the 4th of November and will be 90’s music-themed. There will be lots of food and drinks stalls and the traditional funfair, live entertainment. The event will then close with the spectacular fireworks display at 7 pm. Entry opens at 4:30 pm and the Bars will close at 11 pm. Tickets for the grandstand is £13 for both adult and child or £9 for adult and £6 for a child under 5 is free. No tickets will be available on the day. 

Barnes Sports Club is hosting a wonderful annual fireworks display. This remarkable display will be situated close to the bank of the Thames. With mulled wine, large bar area and BBQ selling burgers and hot dogs on sale. You can also buy sparklers and glow items on site. There will also be a Clubhouse with music form DJ Disco Danger. Entry opens at 5:30 pm with the fireworks display starting at 7:45 pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for a child or £25 for a family of £15 for adults, £5 for a child or £30 for a family on the gate.

Ravenscourt Park and Bishops Park in Hammersmith and Fulham will have a heartfelt themed display of ‘Love’ with the fireworks being accompanied by a soundtrack of the greatest love songs ever recorded, including Florence + the Machine’s smash hit ‘You’ve Got the Love’ and Bob Marley’s ‘Could You Be Loved’. There will also be a funfair with food stalls and bars serving a wider selection of drinks than ever before. The first display will be held at Bishops Park on the 2nd of November and the second one will be at Ravenscourt Park on the 3rd of November. Both events will be from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm with the main display commencing at 8 pm and no one will be allowed to enter after 8 pm. Tickets cost £8 for everyone and under 5’s are free.

What are your plans for the weekend? Are you going to head to Alexandra Palace for the festival? Let us know with a comment below and please share this around with your friends if they’re still undecided on what to do. Tag us in your photos or comment below, we would love to see your photos of the amazing display you attended. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, please enjoy it to the fullest and remember to stay safe. Have a very happy Guy Fawkes Night from all of us here at Plantation Shutters.

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