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Rain-proof Guy Fawkes Night: Fun Indoor Activities to Save the Night!

Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night, is a cherished British tradition celebrated on November 5th each year. This holiday is typically marked by the lighting of bonfires and fireworks, commemorating the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. However, Mother Nature can sometimes dampen our outdoor plans with unexpected rain. When this happens, it's important to have a backup plan to keep the festive spirit alive. In this article, we'll explore a variety of exciting indoor activities to enjoy when fireworks have been cancelled due to rain.

Host an Indoor Bonfire

Just because the rain prevents you from lighting an outdoor bonfire doesn't mean you can't recreate the cosy atmosphere indoors. Arrange for a "faux" bonfire in your living room using battery-powered LED candles, blankets, and some strategic placement of furniture. Roast marshmallows over the candles and share stories about Guy Fawkes and the history behind the holiday.

indoor bonfire DIY

Craft Firework-Themed Decorations

Get creative and make your own firework-themed decorations. You can create colourful paper firework garlands, paint firework scenes, or even craft 3D firework displays using recycled materials. This can be a fun and educational activity for kids and adults alike.

Click here to read about 10 Easy Bonfire Night Craft Ideas;

firework crafts

Watch Guy Fawkes Day Celebrations and videos online

In today's digital age, you can enjoy the beauty of fireworks from the comfort of your home. Many cities and organizations now offer live streams of their firework displays. Tune in to one of these virtual events to experience the magic of Guy Fawkes Night even if the weather outside is gloomy.

Youtube has tons of videos of firework displays you can watch with your children! If they wish to learn a bit more about Guy Fawkes Day, and the historical reasons why we celebrate the day, please watch the video below, produced by BBC Teach History.

Board Games and Puzzles

Gather family and friends for a night of board games or puzzles. Choose games that are competitive and full of excitement to capture the Guy Fawkes spirit. Games like "Pictionary," "Codenames," or "Escape Room" board games can make your indoor night thrilling.

family playing board games

Cook Up Traditional British Fare

Guy Fawkes Night is the perfect occasion to indulge in some traditional British dishes. Try making toad-in-the-hole, bangers and mash, or traditional Cornish pasties. Get the kids involved in the kitchen and make it a fun cooking project.

Famiy cooking

Have an Indoor fireworks display

While you can't enjoy the real thing, you can still create a dazzling indoor fireworks display with some crafty tricks. Use glow sticks, coloured balloons, and even some confetti to simulate the colours and excitement of a fireworks show. Dim the lights and turn up the music to enhance the experience.

firework balloons

Storytelling Time

Gather around for a storytelling session. Share tales of historical events, and ghost stories, or even create your own imaginative stories related to Guy Fawkes Night. Encourage everyone to take turns narrating their stories and keep the suspense alive.


While rain may put a damper on your plans for a traditional outdoor Guy Fawkes Night celebration, there's no reason to let it extinguish your festive spirit. With these indoor activities, you can make the most of the holiday and create memorable moments with family and friends, even if the fireworks are cancelled. Rain or shine, the spirit of Guy Fawkes Night lives on through creativity, camaraderie, and a touch of imagination.


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