Remember, remember, the fifth of November . . .

Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
We see no reason
Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot ….

Every year on November 5th, the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, Britain remembers the Catholic explosive expert, Guy Fawkes and celebrates the Houses of Parliament remaining intact.

How is London celebrating?

Most celebrations don’t take place till the weekend, but a handful are scheduled for the day itself.Why not try Roundwood Park or Southwark Park, both are free to attend however you would have to pay for Wimbledon Park or Crystal Palace Park.

Saturday, is when the biggest and loudest bangs occur. Choose from Victoria Part or Blackheath for free excitement. Or pay for pyrotechnics at Ally Pally, Barnes Sports Club, Battersea Park and Ravenscourt Park.

If you have managed to get to Sunday without seeing any explosive lights – don’t panic. Head to the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey, where on both weekend days you can find out what really happened to Mr Fawkes in costumed re-enactments of his famous plot. Before the firework finale there will be craft activities for kids, fairground rides, a BBQ and a bar for the adults.

Wherever you go this weekend to celebrate good ol’ Guy, make sure you wrap up warm as temperatures have plummeted over the last few days as we head for winter. If you have pets then make sure that they are kept indoors, closing all doors and windows to stop pets escaping and to keep the noise down to a minimum