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Let’s go back to school: Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night, is an historical commemoration observed annually on 5 November right here in Great Britain. In case you’ve forgotten your history lessons, the origins of Bonfire Night lie in the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes and his comrades including Robert Catesby, masterminded the Gunpowder Plot and were subsequently arrested having been discovered guarding the explosives beneath the House of Lords. In celebration of King James I’s survival of the attempt on his life, the people of London lit bonfires around the city. Months later the Observance of 5th November Act was introduced to recognise an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's failure. After this, Bonfire Night spread like wildfire (pardon the pun) and even though the traditions may have changed slightly over time, some 400+ years later we English people still don our winter woollens to light bonfires and ‘oooooh’ and ‘aaaaaah’ at fireworks. Of course, this is just a summary reminder of the history behind the hoo-hah, so if you’d prefer a more thorough lesson, we’d suggest picking up a decent text book, or better still, watching Gunpowder, the BBC’s gorily informative mini-series.

So, school out of the way, where are the best bonfire and fireworks displays in Manchester and the North West? Well there are certainly plenty to choose from! Whether you’re looking for heat in Heaton Park or explosions in Eccles, we have a list of bonfires in Manchester that will bring out the snap, crackle and pop in all of you.

If you’re East of the city, you may have visited the Etihad stadium last night for an earlybird Bonfire Night. Ok, not your average bonfire-in-the-park experience, but this large-scale event was one hell of a good time with food and drink stalls, an impressive fireworks display and of course, a bonfire that you could cook a small town on.

For more traditional Bonfire Night celebrations, all the ‘big’ Manchester parks will be hosting their own bonfire and fireworks displays. Check out Platt Fields park, North Manchester’s Heaton Park and Wythenshawe Park  in South Manchester. All events are professionally organised, safe as the houses of Parliament and are on Sunday 5th, starting in the evening with fireworks around 7-7.30pm.

For bonfires in Salford, check out Barton’s City Airport  – yes, we were surprised too, after all planes and fire don’t normally mix too well, but this is apparently an established venue for all things Bonfire Night and by all accounts they do it very well. Whether you’re a nipper or a grown up who just loves watching things explode, get over to Buile Hill Park for a proper, traditional show that always brings large crowds. And best of all – it’s free! For little ones who need tucking up in bed when things are just kicking off, Buile Hill Park also host a Little Sparks In The Park event, with early fireworks, so there’s no reason to miss out.

For a full list of Bonfire Night events in Greater Manchester, Bolton, Wigan, Stockport, Oldham and Rochdale, have a look here.

Whatever you get up to this Bonfire Night, be careful and follow the fire services’ guidelines on keeping yourself, your friends and your little ones safe.

And of course, if you’re feeling the cold now that winter’s on its way, and you need the warmth of a North West companion  to share your toffee apple with, give our Manchester escort agency a call on  0161 798 6769 to book a sexy escort now.