Coming on holiday to Cornwall between October to December means there are either Halloween, Fireworks or Christmas Markets to enjoy and take part in. We want to share with you where you can find some entertaining bonfire nights and fireworks on the weekend of Guy Fawkes Night in Cornwall.
Remember, remember the 5th of November!
First of all, let’s recap on why we actually celebrate the 5th of November. It is more of a commemoration of the failure of The Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament in 1605. So, who wanted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and why?
The plot was planned by roman catholic conspirators who were unhappy (understatement!) with King James I who refused greater religious tolerance to Catholics. The Gunpowder Plot was to blow up the Houses of Parliament during the state opening. They aimed to kill the King and members of Parliament in order to clear the way to reestablish Catholic rule in England.
The plan, however, failed. The conspirators were betrayed. One of them, Guy Fawkes, was arrested the evening before the attack when he was found in the cellar where the explosives were stashed. The other conspirators were all either killed resisting capture or—like Fawkes—tried, convicted, and executed. In the aftermath, Parliament declared November 5th a national day of thanksgiving, and the first celebration of it took place in 1606.
So there we have it, 417 years later, we still celebrate the failed attempt at the assassination of a King!