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Where you can go to watch bonfire night fireworks near Newmarket

There are lots of events around Newmarket for bonfire night
There are lots of events around Newmarket for bonfire night

Fireworks are at the ready for a weekend of bonfire night celebrations.

Guy Fawkes Night has been an annual event for hundreds of years after a failed attempt to blow up the House of Lords in 1605.

From March that year a rented cellar under the Lords was loaded it with 36 barrels of gunpowder and Fawkes went to the continent to try win foreign support for his plans to overthrow King James to insert a Catholic-friendly monarch after decades persecution.

But he was spotted by English spies.

On November 5 Robert Cecil, Earl of Sailsbury and James' first minister, ordered a full search of Westminster where they arrested Fawkes and foiled the Gunpowder Plot.

Guy Fawkes and his gang were then tortured and killed for treason.

And as a result of the plan the government passed new laws banning Catholics from practising law, serving as officers in the Army or Navy, or voting in local or Parliamentary elections.

It was not until 1829 the laws were lifted as part of the Catholic Relief Act.

In the 19th century the tradition was in decline but started to grow again in the early 20th century as firework manufactures used the night as a way to sell more pyrotechnics.

Now rugby clubs, councils and organisations host events for people to attend.

If you want to head out and celebrate the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot events will be held across the area to mark the day.


Saturday, November 3

Burwell and Exning Cricket Club, Mingay Park, Reach Road, Burwell

Gates open: 5.30pm

Displays: 7.15pm and 7.45pm


Monday, November 5

Tuddenham Playing Field

Gates open: 5.30pm

Tickets: £5 adults, £2 children

Bury St Edmunds

Friday, November 2

Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club, The Haberden, Southgate Green

Gates open: 6pm

Display: 7.30pm

Tickets: £5, under-5s free

Saturday, November 3

Abbey Gardens

Gates open 5.30pm

Display: £6, family ticket £20


Saturday, November 10

Cherry Hill

Gates open: 5.30pm, bonfire at 6.30pm

Display: 7pm


Monday, November 5

Midsummer Common

Gates open: 5.30pm

Display: 7pm