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One of the most spectacular fireworks displays around
In 1605, a group of conspirators attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London, while King James I and VI was in attendance. They were caught, captured and killed, but they left behind an unexpected legacy of bonfire celebrations, and later, fireworks displays.
A contemporary report about The Gunpowder Plot. Source: Wikimedia Commons
In towns and cities across the country, the Gunpowder Plot is still celebrated with bonfires piled up in parks and gardens, and with firework displays.
Although you can buy fireworks and let them off yourself, why not leave it to the professionals? It's not only safer, it's also a lot more spectacular.
There are plenty of displays in and around Edinburgh, but there are two which are regular features on the calendar, and I've collated the information about them into two articles. This one is about Hopetoun House Fireworks Display.
Hopetoun House is a grand, old building set in a thriving 6,500 acre estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Every year the House plays host to a fabulous fireworks display, which this year is being produced by the award-winning company 21cc Fireworks.
Go to this one if you want a family-friendly night of fun with pre-show entertainment and fantastic stalls, and you like to gaze at awe-inspiring architecture.
Ticket prices are £10.00 for adults and £6.00 for children. Childrens' tickets apply from 4 years to 15 years old. Under 3 years are free. Car parking is also free. Gates open from 16:00 and the show starts at approximately 18:30.
Have you any idea of the intense distress this archaic practice causes to animals? I have to virtually sedate my dog on fireworks night and have read elsewhere of pets having to be put down because of the effect it has on them. If I had my way (and I'm sure many pet owners would agree) I'd ban the use of fireworks completely. There surely are other ways of entertaining your kids than by subscribing to something which, at the end of the day, has no relevance to Scotland.