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Roundhay Park Bonfire Night - TUESDAY 5th November 2019

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Roundhay Fireworks and Bonfire 2019

Roundhay Park Leeds Firework Display, Bonfire Night Event Information.

The 'Gunpowder Plot' | Admission Tickets | Fire Lighting | Fireworks | Video | Bus travel

Once again in 2019, tens of thousands of people are expected to gather at Roundhay Park to enjoy Leeds’ biggest bonfire and fireworks event.

Admission to the Roundhay Park bonfire and firework display is FREE, no tickets required!.

Bonfire - Fire lighting at 7.30 pm - Fireworks: Firework Display from 8pm
*All timings approximate!


Leeds City Council has committed to making Leeds CARBON NEUTRAL by 2030.

In response to the UN's report on climate change, the council declared a climate emergency in March 2019.

The council have announced tackling the causes of climate change through their 'best council' plan and decision making structures.

The plan includes:
Building sustainable infrastructure
Improving air quality
Reducing pollution and noise

Reducing the level of greenhouse gas emissions from council buildings
Promoting a less wasteful, low carbon economy
Reducing flooding and other risks from future climate change

Contact your local elected Councillor by email, letter or phone - contact details.
Leeds Climate Emergency Advisory Committee - contact details
Leeds Climate Commission - website and contact details

Bringing your car and larking at the event? - Take a look at our video: 'Leaving the Roundhay Park Bonfire Night Car Park...

Roundhay Park Map (PDF to print) | Car Parking at Roundhay Park - FREE Parking map

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Gunpowder Plot

In 1605, Guy Fawkes (born in York 1570) and a group of (English Catholic) terrorists under the direction of Robert Catesby is reputed to have conspired to bring about the death of thousands of the (mainly Protestant) English over centuries by becoming Martyrs.

The plot succeeded, more so than they might have ever dreamed.

After Fawkes and his fellow plotters set explosives beneath the houses of Parliament an 'anonymous letter' was to be sent revealing the plot to the 4th Baron Monteagle around the 26th of October 1605.

This would then ensure the plotters were prevented from setting off the explosives, and that those 'responsible' would be captured, then martyred by being hung, drawn and quartered.

In the years that followed, the true plot was put into action, that the event be forever celebrated by lighting huge pyres of burning rubbish, wood, and anything else flammable including pitch tar and whole trees - all topped with an effigy of the Pope.

Though this annual 'feast day' created such stenches and foul airs that it was said that birds even fell from the sky, and that a darkness and pallor fell over England sometimes for days causing the weak, young and elderly to have attacks of breathlessness, dark sputum, coughing fits and sometimes even death.

The plotters had their wish. For a sacrifice of so few of their number they had guaranteed the premature deaths of tens of thousands of the English throughout the ages.

It continues to this day, the year 2019, over 400 years since the event!

There can be no doubt that in whatever heavens they now dwell, the severed heads of Guy Fawkes, John & Christopher Wright, Robert & Thomas Wintour, Thomas Percy, Robert Keyes, Thomas Bates, John Grant, Ambrose Rookwood, Sir Everard Digby and Francis Tresham are thrown back in laughter and having so cunningly tricked the English into being the masters of their own destruction.....

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Fireworks Safety and the Law: BE SAFE NOT SORRY ...

Think you know how to use fireworks safely? Get the most out of your fireworks, and stay within the law:

Fireworks and the law (includes extracts from ):

There are laws about when fireworks can be sold, and to who – as well as the times fireworks can be set off. See how easy it is to be fined up to £5,000 AND sent to prison for THREE MONTHS!

If you are under 18, you can't:
• Buy the types of fireworks which can be sold only to adults
• Have fireworks in public places
If you do, the police can give you an on-the-spot fine of £80.

Using fireworks legally:

It is against the law to:
• Set off or throw fireworks in the street or other public place
• Set off fireworks between 11.00 pm and 7.00 am – except during certain celebrations (see below)
If found guilty by the courts, you could be fined up to £5,000 and can be imprisoned for up to three months. You may be liable for an on-the-spot fine of £80.

When you can use fireworks during celebrations:

You can let off fireworks:
• Until midnight on Bonfire Night
• Until 1.00 am on New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year

Fireworks Safety Information - more information... (external link)

Buses to Roundhay Park from Leeds City Centre

Ask driver for the stop at Roundhay Park!!

Roundhay Park is on the 2 and 12 circular bus route. Buses number 12 (Blue Line) take the most direct route via Oakwood. Buses on route number 2 (Red Line) go a longer way via Moortown Corner.

Bus Routes 2, 12 Roundhay Park or Moortown depart from New Market St., New Briggate in Leeds City Centre Daytime every 10 minutes, Sundays & evenings every 20 or 30 minutes.

Extra buses are allocated when there is a major event on in Roundhay park

DISCLAIMER: Note that all events may be subject to change, and we advise you to independently check and confirm any event before travelling! E & OE 2015.

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The Traditional Rhyme for Bonfire Night, the 5th of November:
Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd,
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
And what should we do with him?
Burn him!

The Weather

Thinking of going along to the Bonfire and wonder what the weather is like in Roundhay right now? - check out our live weather webcam.

Roundhay Park map showing the location of the annual Bonfire:

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