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Bonfire Night information

Every year on 5 November, people across the UK celebrate Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night. There will be large bonfires and firework displays organised by Councils and community groups. Residents may also let off fireworks, use sparklers and have smaller fires in their own gardens.

Most of the fireworks and bonfires will happen on 5 November, but people may also set off fireworks in the days and weeks before and after as well.

Bonfire Night is a traditional British event and although it is intended as a night of fun, if people have not experienced it before it can cause some alarm as neighbours and people in local areas let off fireworks from their own gardens, local parks and open spaces.

If you want to go and see the bonfires and firework displays, there is lots of information online about organised events, just search "Bonfire Night 2022 Norfolk". However, some people may find the sound and smell of fireworks and bonfires distressing and potentially upsetting, causing stress, anxiety, flashbacks and recurrence of traumatic memories.

Young children and babies can be scared of the loud noises fireworks make, especially as fireworks are usually let off at night when children may already be in bed asleep. Pets and other animals can also become frightened during Bonfire Night, so people often keep their pets indoors during the time around Bonfire Night.

If you have any questions or worries about Bonfire Night you can contact us at and we will do our best to help.

More can be found out about Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night here:

The links below contain child friendly information which may be helpful in explaining Bonfire Night and firework safety to young children:

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