IT all began more than 400 years ago. When a group of men came together to plot the assassination of King James I, they hoped their names would go down in the history books – but for completely different reasons.
As everyone now knows, the Gunpowder Plot – which saw explosives placed beneath the House of Lords – failed spectacularly and ended with the arrest of Guy Fawkes, the man responsible for guarding the weapons.
And even those would-be assassins hoping for eternal notoriety would not have been able to predict that the resulting rituals of lighting bonfires to celebrate the survival of the king would still be carried out 409 years later.
But on Wednesday night, young and old will be out in force waving sparklers, watching the skies in awe of the fantastical displays of pyrotechnics and heating their cold hands around a blazing bonfire.
Get wrapped up warm, stay safe and enjoy the events being held in the Lothians.
n Hopetoun House, South Queensferry
Gates open from 4pm – last entry 6pm – fireworks display approx 6.30pm.
The evening will be hosted by Ewen Cameron from Heart Scotland and feature plenty of family entertainment, including a performance from the popular Edinburgh Rock Choir.
The theme on the night will be Spooktacular, so dress to impress in your Hallowe’en costumes. Don’t miss the children’s costume parade with prizes for the best dressed and fairground rides to keep the little ones entertained.
The finale of fireworks will conclude the evening set to a selection of “terrifyingly” good songs and a display designed by the award winning company 21CC Fireworks.
Adult tickets are £12 and children’s tickets are £6 each. Under-threes have free entry.
n Haddington Fireworks, Whittingham Drive
Starts from 6.30pm, fireworks start at 7.45pm.
n Armadale Community Centre, Watson Park
Festivities start around 4pm. Live music starts from 5pm, with the fireworks display a little after 8pm.
One of the raffle prizes is the chance to set off the fireworks. Other raffle prizes include a new Xbox, an iPad mini and £100 worth of shopping vouchers. Tickets cost £2 and a family ticket for four people is £5.
A number of local acts will be introduced by Gordon Dallas before Armadale rock band Mayfield Drive take the stage.
n Linlithgow Rugby Club
Starts 7.30pm. There will be no bonfire this year, but, if weather permits, there will be a barbecue. Early-bird tickets are £4, or £10 for a family group of five. The fireworks show is scheduled to last 30 minutes.
n George Watson’s Myreside Rugby Ground
Gates open 4.10pm. Fireworks displays 4.30pm and 7pm.
The Scottish Love in Action (SLA) charity is hosting its Fireworks Extravaganzas Event. The popular event features two displays.
George Watson’s College Pipes and Drums, Edinburgh Academy Pipe Band, The Delighters Fire Circus Theatre and the Rock Choir will entertain revellers before the main event from Pyromancer Fireworks.
There will be caterers selling hot food and drinks. Proceeds from the Fireworks Extravaganzas will go to SLA, which provides funding to help vulnerable children in India.
Tickets cost £26 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children aged 2-18) and £7.50 for a single ticket (under-twos free).
Tickets are now on sale online at www.sla-india.org.
n Aberlady, next to Gosford Bothy Farm Shop
Gates open at 5pm. 5pm – children’s disco starts. 6pm – fire lighting. 6.30pm – fireworks
n Meadowbank Sports Centre
Doors open at 6pm. Entertainment starts from 6.30pm, with the firework show starting at 7.30pm.
This year’s event has a movie and comic theme. Go dressed as your favourite movie or comic book character to get really involved in the fun.
Emma Ogilvie-Hall, events manager at Meadowbank Stadium, said: “Every year a huge amount of work goes into making the event truly spectacular for all the people of Edinburgh to enjoy.
“We’ve already heard some of the themes being discussed – Despicable Me, Gremlins, Star Wars and Iron Man – it will be fun to see what else people come up with!
“We hope to see lots of fantastic costumes on the night – but of course this is optional and it will basically be another great event for all the family.”
Ticket Price: £6.50. For more information and to book tickets, call 0131-661 5351 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
n Loanhead Community Fireworks Display, Memorial Park
Gates 6pm. In the run up to the display there will be musical entertainment from a pipe band. Glow products will be on sale in the park and Loanhead Parish Church will be providing a range of refreshments in the Church Hall.
The Gala Queen and Herald will lead the countdown to the start of the display.
Admission to the display is free, although donations are invited.
n St Peter’s Primary School, Morningside
Starts 5pm, finishes 7.30pm
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n Livingston Cricket Club
The annual community fireworks display starts at 7.30pm. Admission is free, but buckets will be provided for people to make donations.