Fylde Coast Fireworks and Bonfires

Fylde Coast Fireworks and Bonfires

Remember, remember the Fifth of November… or whatever day your favourite Fylde Coast Fireworks and Bonfires are held!


All of the details for this years events are to be found on the individual place-specific websites – here are the headlines and links:

2.11.18 – Fireworks Night at Fleetwood Town (Highbury Stadium)

With family entertainment, live music, mascot challenge and more plus a superb display by Phenomenal Fireworks.

More info – Fireworks at FTFC on Visit Fleetwood

3.11.18 – Bonfire & Fireworks at Kirkham & Wesham Cricket Club

A bonfire and fireworks display for all the family

More info – Kirkham and Wesham Cricket Club Bonfire and Fireworks Display on Visit Lytham

4.11.18 – St Annes Cricket Club

Huge firework event to celebrate Bonfire Night at St Annes Cricket Club – plus funfair and more.

More info – St Annes fireworks on Visit St Annes

4.11.18 – Bonfire & Fireworks at Blackpool Cricket Club

Enjoy a great big bonfire event with an annual Bonfire & Firework display including fairground and refreshments.

More info – Blackpool bonfire and fireworks on Live Blackpool

Fylde Coast Fireworks and Bonfires on 5 November

If you plan carefully you can enjoy Fylde Coast fireworks and bonfires on more than one night! Why don’t you make a weekend of it and go to a few events. Here are the ones that are actually on 5 November:

5.11.18 – Poulton Rotary Club

The 34th Annual Charity Bonfire and Fireworks Display at Cottam Hall Fields

More info – Poulton bonfire on Visit Poulton-le-Fylde

5.11.18 – Lytham Round Table

Charity Fireworks Spectacular on 4 November that everyone is invited to come and enjoy!

More info – Lytham fireworks on Visit Lytham

5.11.18 – Fleetwood Firework Extravaganza

At Marine Hall Gardens. A safe, fun Fireworks Night for everyone to enjoy!

More info – Fleetwood Marine Hall Fireworks on Visit Fleetwood

5.11.18 – Saint Aidan’s Fireworks Extravaganza

BIG fireworks night of family fun event at Saint Aidan’s Church of England High School.

More info – Saint Aidan’s Fireworks

Fylde Coast Fireworks and Bonfires – Great Community Events!

We love where we live here at Visit Fylde Coast. One of the many things that make it special is the amazing sense of community spirit.

Throughout the year, groups from Fleetwood to Lytham organise different events to make people happy. Bonfire night is no exception!

Most of these Fylde Coast Fireworks and Bonfires are organised by dedicated teams of volunteers. They raise money throughout the year in order to bring you a great night out. The amount of work and organisation which goes into this kind of evening is not to be underestimated. The paperwork for any event is bad enough but add fireworks into the mix and, well, you can imagine….

So please go along, have a great night out, and make a donation to their fund. Without financial contributions and practical help events like this couldn’t happen.

Pets and Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night is a great event. Depending on what day the 5th November falls on, it can go on for several days! However, please don’t forget your pets when you’re having a great time.

Bonfire Night and your pet, in association with Vets4Pets Cleveleys. Fylde coast bonfires and fireworks
Bonfire Night and your pet, in association with Vets4Pets Cleveleys

Animals react in different ways – some couldn’t care less and others go mad at the least sound.

Here are some tips from Vets4Pets Cleveleys to help your pet to survive the stress of bonfire night this year.

PLEASE also check underneath bonfires for hedgehogs BEFORE lighting them.

Origins of Bonfire Night

We all know that Bonfire Night is about Guy Fawkes (below) and the Gunpowder Plot way back in 1604. As children we learn the rhyme, ‘Remember, Remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot’.

Guy Fawkes, Fylde Coast Fireworks and Bonfires

Guy Fawkes, and a few friends, had plotted and planned to blow up the House of Lords at Westminster in London. But they were foiled in this dastardly deed on 4th of November. It’s believed that a letter was sent warning that this might happen, during a ceremony involving the King, James 1.

When the cellars of Westminster were searched, Guy Fawkes was found with the powder, waiting for the allotted time. He and his co-conspirators were rounded up and found guilty of Treason. They were tortured for a while and finally hung, drawn and quartered in January 1606. Contrary to popular belief, Guy Fawkes wasn’t the main ringleader in the plot – he was just the fool who had drawn the short straw and had to sit in the cellar.

Religious Origins

What we don’t seem to hear much about when we speak of Bonfire Night, is why Guy Fawkes and his friends wanted to blow the Palace of Westminster up in the first place. Like many horrible events over the years – including to modern day times – it was to do with religion and people’s differing views.

At the time there was a lot of chaos. Catholicism was outlawed and Protestant power ruled. The gunpowder plot was to have been an attempt to assassinate King James 1, for his anti-catholic stance. Bonfire night didn’t start until 1605, when it was introduced as a celebration of King James’ survival. The effigy that was burnt then wasn’t Guy Fawkes, but the Pope as Head of the Catholic church.

Horrible History

The whole Bonfire Night thing in ancient times was about the preservation of the English throne and to some greater extent, the persecution of non-protestants.

Some of the celebrations were quite horrendous, like in 1677 when the effigy of the Pope was filled with live cats. Their screams were heard loud and clear as the heat of the fire scorched their fur.

It wasn’t until the late 18th century that the effigies were changed and became representations of Guy Fawkes. By the 20th century all the horror of history associated with Bonfire Night seemed to be forgotten and it became little more than another excuse to party.

As you get ready to go to a Bonfire and Fireworks party this November 5th, try to remember what it was all originally about and be thankful that we live in more tolerant times. Remember that there are still wars around the world, with people losing their lives in the name of religion.

On the Fylde Coast we have a strong commitment to all faiths, but must also remember that were it not for the Catholic Priests from Durham who moved here in the 12th century we might not have the community we have today. But that’s a different story!

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    Our dog hates fireworks so I went to the Vets to see what they could do, they gave me a prescription to take to the Chemist, all in all it cost me £27, for just 3 tablets, but that wasn’t the worst part.

    When I got home I read the little leaflet from the box and it said…

    “Don’t drive or operate machinery whilst taking these tablets” !!!

    What kind of a dog do they think I have !!!

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