All together now. Oooooh, aaaaaaahhhhh.
Have you noticed all of the cheap Christmas tat that's adorning the shelves of Pahnland already? Barely have we turned back the clocks and all people can think of is that fat bloke in the red suit that spends far more time in kids' bedrooms than he should. But wait! There's one more evening of joy that we're overlooking. One that allows you to pile on as many woolly jumpers as you can get under your coat and to wear mittens and act like a big kid. That's right, it's bonfire night! Luckily for you, we've selected some of the best events this year; so read on, dear reader and get ready to coo with the best of them over gunpowder and the burning effigy of some poor bloke who was tortured to death (but, oooh, pretty lights).
On Saturday, Twinlakes Theme Park are partnering up with Gem 106 for a huge bonfire spectacular, and with a name like Superheroes Laser, Fire and Bonfire Festival, it can only be good. The night promises a fireworks display that can be seen from space (disclaimer; this part may be a lie), an 80 foot high bonfire and live music and stalls. Go early and you can have a gander around the park as well, though be warned, adult groups and teens will only be admitted after five o’clock.
Are your feet feeling a little nippy now that winter is a’comin? Well pop on over to the castle on Saturday for the chance to dash – actually walk slower, it’s better that way – over hot coals in aid of local charity My Sight. Don’t listen to me about what to do on the walk though, because you’ll get a proper motivational talk before you canter over the coals. Once you’ve been gee’d up, you’ll be sent across twenty feet of coals, accompanied by drummers . The less adventurous of you may want to watch from afar and then take in the food stalls and fireworks display. Wimps.
Like a bit of steampunkery? Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre is combining both fire and steam power for a Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday. Take a ride on a miniature train as sparklers dance around you and disembark the train at by the funfair and food stalls. Rumour has it, there will be a chocolate fountain this year, for you to dip those chocolate bars (or fingers) into. Fireworks will start at 7.30 and the cost is a very reasonable five pounds for adults, and three for the munchkins.
On Sunday, Meadow Lane rugby stadium will be holding a fireworks display after their match with the Bristol premiership team. Tickets are the price of a normal game (five pounds for adults, just one for the kids), with display included. The actual fireworks begin at five thirty, though I’m not sure how many people will be focussing on those, when there are twenty two pairs of rugby thighs to be watched.
Now that Gooseh has left us for another year and the Forest Recreation Ground is looking a bit bare, Nottingham City Council are slapping on a bonfire and a heap of rides for those of us who fancy waving round a glowstick again. Deciding to forgo the weekend nights, the homage to Fawkes will take place on actual bonfire night, which is Monday. The free firework display will start at nine o’clock; more than enough time to scoff a couple of toffee apples and get to bed reasonably early for work on Tuesday.
There are also a plethora of school around and about, each holding their own events, so if you’re feeling like something a bit smaller then check with your local educational establishment and see what they’re up to.