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Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes Day

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Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes Day

I've perused the previous threads on Guy Fawkes Day and looked through the 2009 event listings on Time Out's website but haven't seen anything that addresses my particular (and weird) question. Most of the events seem to feature big fireworks displays and large crowds whereas what I'm more interested in is the bonfire complete with a burning effigy and the historical aspect of the day. Is there anywhere in London that has a more low-key celebration I might enjoy?

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21. Re: Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes Day

I was in London last year and didn't see anything--other than two girls hiding behind a tree lighting sparklers. This year, I'm also in London and haven't heard anything. I've heard more about lighting the Christmas lights. Good luck finding something...it's kind of disappointing isn't it?

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If you want to see an impressive Guy Fawkes celebration, then Lewes is definitely the place to head for.

They have torchlit processions through the streets, lots of bonfires, burning effigies of the Pope (and usually some more up to date anti-heroes as well: I wouldn't like to say who is in for the treatment this year, but I'm sure it will be topical), impressive firework displays, and everything.

Low-key it is definitely not, but if you want to see Guy Fawkes day celebrated in style, it's the only place to even consider. Just a word of warning though: visitors are not really encouraged. The good folks of Lewes don't really like the idea of people coming down from London for the event. Plenty of people do, of course, but I suggest you don't advertise the fact that you're not from Lewes.

Mind you, given how popular Parliament is at the moment, I believe that there might be some events in London focusing more on the idea of blowing up Parliament.

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<<That or I could lower my unrealistic and romanticized expectations>>

There have been several articles this week expressing sadness that we seem to have given up Bonfire night in favour of Halloween, under pressure from children who watch US TV.

I suppose also there are more occasions on which people see fireworks now, which didn't happen when I was a child (some considerable time ago) when everyone seemed to have back garden bonfires. firworks were a once a year event.

It really hasn't been a big thing in London for quite a while now.

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A few years ago when in London for Bonfire Night, I went to the Tourist Information Center on Regent Street. They gave me a list of local celebrations. I chose one near the Putney Bridge tube station. It had some good fireworks and a bonfire and no massive crowds. It was right by the river and the reflection of the fireworks could be seen in the water -- quite nice.

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You mean like this one?



Edenbridge is a 50-minute train journey from London Bridge station, and the fare there and back would be about £13.

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I've heard that a 50 foot high effigy of Jordan (aka Katie Price) is going on the bonfire of Lewes this year. I wouldn't like to be around when those implants explode........

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