Ottery Barrells picture by Flickr User gareth.fudge

Last week I posted tips for this Halloween, now it’s time for Bonfire Night recommendations to give you enough time to decide on your plans!

A place and event close to my heart is Ottery St. Mary’s Flaming Barrel Run; I used to go to this each year when I was at university in nearby Exeter and I can highly recommend this. Essentially the whole town turns into an evening festival with a huge bonfire, fireworks, fairground, toffee apples and of course, the flaming barrels that are placed on some volunteers’ backs and they run through the town. It really is a great night with a real buzz about it.

If madmen running down streets with flaming barrels on their backs doesn’t quite take your fancy, how about the beautiful Chariots of Light in Bridgewater which is in support of charity Help for Heroes.

The Mermaid Inn at Porth Beachin Newquay will host a bonfire and firework display from 7pm and is free to enter, however there will be donation buckets circulating the event.

I love bonfire night; the smell in the air, getting wrapped up warm and eating toffee apples and hot chestnuts around bonfires and also playing with sparklers, it’s a great time of year! It’d be lovely to hear about others’ traditions, so if you have any unusual bonfire night traditions or plans to go to anywhere different this year, please post them!