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New national restrictions are in place. Make sure you know what to do to Protect Portsmouth.

With bonfire night parties and big firework displays unable to go ahead this year to protect people in Portsmouth, we’re looking at other ways to mark bonfire night with a bang in 2020.

If you’re planning to celebrate by letting off fireworks in the garden please look out for the safety of family and friends and show consideration to neighbours and pets. Always follow the Firework Code.

Here are some of our other favourite ways to mark the 5 November:

Remember, Remember

Pour a hot chocolate, tell the tale of the Gunpowder Plot and teach children the famous rhyme as a fun way to explain the history of bonfire night and the traditions of 5 November…

Remember, remember the fifth of November,

Gunpowder, treason and plot,

We see no reason,

Why gunpowder treason,

Should ever be forgot!

Make a Guy Fawkes

Take on the challenge of making your own Guy Fawkes scarecrow from old clothes and items from around the house. You could even turn it into a race between the family – who can create the best Guy before the buzzer sounds. Anything from old tights to loo roll holders can be used to create your Guy.

Glow in the dark games

Bring the illuminations inside and use torches or glow sticks for glow in the dark games. Make a shadow puppet show or a glow in the dark ring toss with hoops made from glow sticks. Search glow in the dark games online for more creative idea.

Firecracker crafts

Get crafty with children and try building a paper bonfire to gather round for stories, or why not make your own spectacular firework paintings using black paper, colourful paints and a touch of glitter. You can find plenty of ideas for simple bonfire night crafts if you search online.

Sparkle in the kitchen

Tuck into some traditional 5 November treats, like bangers and mash or baked potatoes. There is plenty of recipe inspiration online for sweet treats like bonfire cupcakes, cinder toffee or pinwheel biscuits.