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How to Celebrate Bonfire Night

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The crisp dark nights have finally settled in and Friday 5 November marks Bonfire Night. Firework displays might still be limited and with new rules on setting off your own, there are plenty of alternative activities you can do to mark the occasion that are equally as fun for the entire family. Read on to find our favourite ways of celebrating Bonfire Night in the comfort of your home or garden.  

Put On a Bonfire BBQ

Barbeques aren’t just for summer – why not wrap up warm, get the BBQ going and create some firework-inspired kebabs for dinner? Take some skewers and add whatever vegetables and meat you like, and top with a triangle-shaped red pepper to give it that firework look. You could also toast marshmallows for dessert using your skewers. Even better, you can create s’mores with your marshmallows and biscuits and milk chocolate.


Sparklers are a great way to celebrate this time of year. Safely set up by adults in the garden, sparklers will light up the night sky in the absence of firework displays or bonfires. Just remember to be safe, wear gloves and dispose of them securely.

Winter Stargazing

If it’s a dry, clear night, take some blankets, beanbags and chairs outdoors, wrap up warm and with a hot chocolate and do some stargazing. Grandhome is a great open place to get some great views of the night sky.  

Make an Indulgent Hot Chocolate

For hot chocolate inspiration, take a lot at local blogger Foodie Quine’s recipe for gingerbread hot chocolate stirrers, or some recipe inspiration from Aberdeen-based Nature’s Larder.

Get Crafty!

If you’re not able to have a bonfire or firepit going in your garden, you could encourage little ones to get creative and make their own finger painted, flame-less bonfire. Paint a bonfire onto the back of large cardboard boxes to prop up in your garden and make you feel like you’re at a bonfire.

To accompany your bonfire, create fireworks out of toilet or kitchen roll tubes. Paint the tube the colour you’d like your firework to be, add a triangle of card to the top and glue a wooden stick down the side of the tube and you’ve got your very own firework – without the bang!

Impress your Guests with Homemade Toffee Apples

Sweet and buttery caramel makes the perfect coating for apples or pears. It’s easy to make on your own and once you’ve dipped them in chocolate, caramel apples are the perfect bonfire snack to share.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Do you still have a pumpkin you haven’t carved yet or do you have leftover pumpkin seeds set aside? If so, you can turn them into a delicious and healthy snack. You can eat the whole seed including the shell so it’s a waste-free snack and guaranteed to be taste delicious. Give them a clean, soak them in water for 10 minutes then roast for 10 minutes with your seasoning of choice!

We’d love to see what you get up to this Bonfire Night, so be sure to share your photographs showing your celebrations on the Grandhome Facebook page

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