The British came up with the Gunpowder Plot, the Chinese came up with fireworks. This year’s Bonfire Night celebration in Oxton is a nod to both, with a modern take on the night of fireworks, fun and all things Guy Fawkes.
On Saturday November 5, Oxton will be alive with entertainment, a kids’ competitions and, of course, a bonfire and fireworks display to mark the annual anniversary of Guido Fawkes’ foiled attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.
Children can get into the Bonfire Night mood early by taking part in a lantern-making master class in the Village Hall, led by artist Jess Kemp, costing £10 each. The class will be run in the Village Hall from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm on Saturday 5th November. Entry to the Bonfire/Fireworks will be free to those children who attend the workshop. Adults are welcome to join their children at the workshop.
The illuminated willow and tissue lanterns will make a striking spectacle in the evening and those children who make a lantern will gain free entry to the evening event.
From 6pm, youngsters are invited to bring along their best Jack-o’-Lanterns (carved pumpkin) to be entered into a competition to win one of three prizes. The best pumpkin will win £20, followed by a second prize of £10 and third prize of £5. All the Jacks will be on display in a rogue’s gallery for everyone to see and enjoy.
The tradition of carving jack o’lanterns stems from an Irish myth about ‘Stingy Jack’ who bargained with the devil but was forced to roam the earth with only a burning coal to light his way, which he put into a carved-out turnip. Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern, has been roaming the earth ever since.
Guy Fawkes will top the bonfire as it’s lit at 6.30pm followed by entertainment from the Unique World drummers, some sultry Halloween stilt walkers and, back by popular demand, the fire and light jugglers.
The fireworks display which lasts for around 25 minutes will dazzle the crowds from 7.30pm and the pumpkin competition winners will be announced soon afterwards.
More space has been given over to the sale of hot food and drinks this year by the Toads (Oxton Cricket Club) including traditional mulled wine and Irish coffee to warm your cockles.
Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children on the night at the Village Hall, Main Street, Oxton. All money raised goes to help fund the Village Hall.
The gates to the field will be open on to receive bonfire material on the Saturday/Sunday 22/23 and 29/30 October. Please note that we can only take non-polluting combustible material. Materials like grass cuttings and roofing felt cannot be accepted and should be taken to the re-cycling centre at Calverton.
We would appreciate help in sweeping up the leaves from the Car Park and putting them on the bonfire from 09.30am on Saturday and to tidy up the site from 10am on Sunday.