Family Friendly Bonfire Night Activities

Family Friendly Bonfire Night Activities

Remember, remember the 5th of November.

Guy Fawkes night, commonly known as Bonfire night is annual celebration on the 5th of November involving bonfires and fireworks, celebrating the foiled plans of Guy Fawkes trying to blow up Parliament and King James I.

Today, it is common for people to celebrate in either small gatherings or large events for fireworks displays and lighting bonfires during the night. However, for families with young kids, sometimes it can seem like the kids become board or have to much time. For this we have put together a list of activities you and your kids can do for Guy Fawkes night this year!


Starting with something you may or may not already be planning, but sparklers are a great way to keep your kids excited and give them something mesmerising to occupy their attention while you wait for the main fireworks display or light the bonfire.

Make sure to keep and eye on your kids when they are handling sparklers as they are still dangerous. The appropriate safety guidance should be always adhered to, this will be on the packaging of the sparklers. We recommend you supervise your children at all times.

Glow-in-the-dark fun

If you are worried about sparklers and the potential dangers of letting your kids handle them, then great alternatives are glowsticks and glow bracelets, which still allow your kids to play with bright colours in the dark while not having to worry about them burning themselves for accidentally touching them!

These are also great as some come with connecters allowing your kids to build and play with them creating longer chains and whatever else their imagination can come up with.

Bonfire night arts and crafts

Another great activity, especially for younger kids, is to create some arts and crafts to celebrate the night! There are plenty of ideas surrounding the celebration which you can replicate with your kids!

(Image courtesy: Netmums)

From making toilet roll fireworks, to bonfire finger painting, there is plenty you can make! For some amazing ideas of what you could create, we recommend taking a look at netmums bonfire night craft ideas!

Hot Chocolate bar

With Bonfire night being on the 5th November the night will be chilly at the very least, and what better way to warm you and your little ones up then a nice fresh cup of hot chocolate!

Get your hands on some whipped cream, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, sprinkles and other various toppings of your choice and let your little ones customize their very own sickly-sweet drink!

Watch a fireworks display

There are plenty of professional and organised fireworks displayed around England on the night, so why not take your kids to see a spectacular show which they won’t forget! This is also much better for the environment than lots of smaller private gatherings!

Keep and eye out for your local councils bonfire night, as they are not all held on the 5th, sometimes a night or two earlier! You can check fireworks displays near you by searching for your town/village/city and fireworks display 2023, this should either direct you to even plannings and listings for events near you or direct you to your council’s page for the event.

Roast marshmallows

After lighting your own bonfire there isn’t many better things than roasting some marshmallow over the flame. Grab yourself some long skewers and a couple bags of the deliciously sweet treat and huddle round lightly toasting each side of your dessert.

You can go one step further and make smores! A lovely treat which you can now buy kits for which include everything you need to make yourself and your little ones the tasty treats! You can get yourself a kit over on Amazon (**This product is not affiliated with Roy’s Boys in any way).

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