Bonfire Night

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Remember, remember the fifth of November! With bonfire night now just around the corner we set out to discover Suffolks links to one of England’s biggest scandals and longest running traditions – the Gunpowder Plot. Figures from Suffolk were instrumental in both setting up and foiling the failed plot. The Gunpowder plot was planned for November 5,1605.

A group of 13 men conspired to blow up the Houses of Parliament in an attempt to kill King James and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. Among the conspirators was Sir Ambrose Rookwood, a man who had strong ties with Suffolk. His family owned Coldham Hall, in Stanningfield for 300 years and it was here that he kept a stable of fine horses.

His main role in the plot was to provide horses for the men who were to take news of the explosion to Robert Catesby but it is also rumoured that he may have supplied gunpowder to the group’s leader. In the days leading up to November 5, the men gathered 36 barrels of gunpowder and stored them under the House of Lords. But fearing innocent people would be killed in the explosion, one of the group sent a warning letter to an MP friend, and the letter found its way to the King.

The county has further links to the plot. Thomas Howard, the 1st Earl of Suffolk and son of the 4th Duke of Norfolk, took part in the searches which discovered the gunpowder and led to the arrest of Guy Fawkes.. He subsequently commissioned to investigate and try the plotters. Following the trials, Guy Fawkes was executed for treason.

Autumn Events

Guy Fawkes Events

Friday 25 October

  • Grand Bacton Firework Display
    Address: Bacton Middle School, Wyverstone Road, Bacton, Stowmarket IP14 4LH
    Gates open 5.30pm, fireworks at 7pm. Professional display regarded as one of the biggest displays in Mid Suffolk. Hot food and drink will be available and there will be a children's fun fair on site. Proceeds to local charities. Free parking is available.
    Tickets available in advance from Bacton Stores or on the gate. Adults £4, Children £3 (under fives free).
    Tel: 01449 781472 / 781329 or 07787 155338Email:

Friday, November 1

  • The Big Night Out at Melford Hall Park
    Address: Melford Hall Park, Long Melford, Sudbury CO10 9AA
    Gates open 5.30pm, St Nicholas Care Sponsored Firewalk at 6.15pm, Ignition of giant bonfire decorated with Guys made by local school children by Rosie Bamford 7.30pm, Pains Pyro Music & Fireworks display 8pm. Refreshments and childrens fair rides. Conditions of entry: no fireworks (not even sparklers), no alcohol.
    Tickets available from The Bull Hotel, Cherrylane Garden Centre, Landers Bookshop and Long Melford Opticians. Advance ticket: £5 Adult, £3 Child. On gate: £7 Adult, £5 Child.
    Website: Long Melford Big Night Out for more details
  • Firework Display at Stonham Barns
    Address: Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal IP14 6AT
    Gates open 6pm, fireworks commence 7pm. Family fun fair, food and drink stalls, fully stocked bar.
    £2 Adults, £1 Child (5-16), under 5's free.
    Tel: 01449 711111Website: Stonham Barns

Saturday, November 2

  • Fireworks in the Park
    Address: Christchurch Park, Soane Street, Ipswich IP4 2BE
    Park opens 6pm, funfair opens 6pm, bonfires and fire entertainment from 6.30pm, Guy and lantern procession starts 7.10pm, Party Spooktacular presents 'The Return of Guy Fawkes' 7pm, the burning of Guy Fawkes 7.50pm, Houses of Parliament burns 7.55pm, fireworks spectacular by Shell Shock Fireworks 8pm, great local band 'Bassline' 8.20pm, park closes 10pm.
    Tickets go on sale from October 7. Advance tickets: £5 Adult, £3 Child. On the day: £7 Adult, £5 Child. Children from 5 to 15 years inclusive, under 5's free.
    Email: Website: Ipswich Fireworks
  • Firework Display at Heveningham Hall
    Address: Heveningham, Halesworth IP19 0PN
    Gates open 5.30pm, funfair, two bars and refreshments from 5.30pm, fish & chips, BBQ, hog roast, candy floss, mulled wine and much more. No sparklers please! All proceeds to Heveningham Hall Country Fair Trust
    Tickets: Cars £12 per car (in advance), £15 on the gate (up to 7 people), £20 on the gate (over 7 people). Pedestrians: £5 Adult, £3 Child (4-14).
    Tel: 0871 231 0847Email: Heveningham Hall Fireworks
  • Museum of East Anglian Life - Bonfire Night Celebrations!
    Address: Lliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14 1DL
    Gates are open from 5.30pm giving you the chance to enjoy the selection of Old Tyme Amusements and traction engines in steam before the main event. Food and refreshments provided by the Osier Cafe.
    Keep toasty by the bonfire, which is lit on the top field at 7pm before the fireworks begin at 7.30pm.
    Tickets are available in advance from Mid Suffolk Tourist Information at the advance ticket rate £4.50 Adult, £3.50 Child, £12 Family. Standard rate tickets will be available on the night £5 Adult, £4 Child.
    Tel: 01449 612229Website: Museum of East Anglian Life
  • Bury St Edmunds Charity Fireworks Spectacular 2013
    Address: Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1XB
    Gates open at 6pm with the display starting at 7.30pm. In aid of local charities.
    Tickets available on the night at the gate or in advance from Sainsbury's, Tesco, the Apex Box Office and Bury Free Press Offices. £6 Adults, £5 Child/Senior Citizen, £20 Family of 4.
    Website: Round table
  • Hartest Preschool Bonfire & Fireworks night
    Address: The Row, Hartest, Bury St Edmunds IP29 4DH
    Doors open 5:30pm. Bonfire and fireworks display with hog roast, BBQ, mulled wine, refreshments, cakes, hot fudge brownies, flashing novelties!
    Tickets: £4 Adults, £3 Child & OAP's, £12 Family ticket.
    Tel: Yvonne Hamilton 01284 830860 / 07582 266373Email: Hartest Preschool

Sunday, November 3

  • Fireworks at Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park
    Address: Leisure Way, Corton, Lowestoft NR32 5DZ
    The region’s biggest firework display will take place on the final night of the season and should not be missed!
    Tel: 01502 586000Website: Pleasurewood Hills

Tuesday, November 5

  • Bonfire Night with fireworks in Walberswick
    Address: The Street, Walberswick IP18 6UA
    This years birthday celebrations are bound to go with a BANG at The Anchor Walberswick. Fireworks in the Village followed supper at The Anchor.
    Tel: 01502 722112Email: info@anchoratwalberswick.comWebsite: The Anchor
  • St Alban's Fireworks Night
    Address: St Alban’s Catholic High School, Digby road, Ipswich IP4 3NJ
    6pm - 8.30pm. Ticket requests with payment please (cheques payable to Friends of St Alban's) to school office in envelope marked "Fireworks". Please include name and address details for return of tickets.
    Tickets: £4 Adult, £3 Child, £15 Family ticket (2 adults and up to five children). On the day prices will be £5 Adult, £4 Child, £20 Family.
    Tel: 07860 255781Website: St Alban's Catholic High School

Friday, November 8

  • Sproughton Bonfire, Fireworks & BBQ
    Address: Sproughton Millennium Green, Lower Street, Sproughton IP8 3AD
    BBQ 7pm, bonfire 7.15pm, fireworks 8pm. There will be a huge bonfire and great fireworks. Excellent BBQ selling reasonably priced food. This is a popular family event attracting 2600 last year. Car parking available at the school in Church Lane - only £1/car or car parking in village.
    Entrance is by donation of £4 Adult and £2 Child.

Send details of your firework display to Natalie Sadler.



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