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Bonfire Night 2020: How to celebrate from home

We’ve got some ideas for activities you can do at home on Bonfire Night, plus what’s happening in place of the annual Bonfire in Harrogate...

Much like Halloween, Bonfire Night isn’t going to be quite the same this year - but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate it safely at home!

We’ve got some great ideas for activities you can do at home, as well as some tips on sparkler safety and what’s happening in place of the annual Bonfire on the Stray event in Harrogate...

Firework food! [caption id="attachment_2982" align="alignnone" width="1920"] It's time for firework food! Although it may be slightly too cold for rocket lollies...[/caption] This is a fun one - you've probably spent the last few days baking Halloween-shaped goodies, but now it's time for some firework food! Whether you're creating fireworks out of fruit and cocktail sticks, icing some firework designs onto biscuits, or creating edible sparklers out of bread sticks - food is always more fun when it's themed! Sparkler safety [caption id="attachment_2981" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Sparkler safety is important - keep a bucket of water nearby for when they've run out![/caption] We know how much the children (and adults!) love to spell their name in the air with a sparkler, but observing sparkler safety at the same time is important! Be sure to hold any sparklers at arms length, and wear gloves whilst holding them for that extra layer of protection. It's also a good idea to keep a bucket of water or sand handy for when the sparkler has run out! Glow in the dark games [caption id="attachment_2983" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Combine your glow sticks to make a hoop for firework-themed ring toss![/caption] There are always plenty of games you can play at home as a family - and fireworks night usually involves just the right amount of glow sticks to have some fun with! Harrogate Mumbler have suggested the fantastic idea of filling bottles with water and adding different coloured glow sticks to create a glow in the dark bowling alley! Alternatively you can connect several glow sticks together to create hoops and enjoy a game of glow in the dark ring toss! Shine a Light   Without the Bonfire on the Stray, the area is missing one of the biggest events of the year and an annual tradition for a lot of local families. But the event's organisers revealed their plans to unite the community via their 'Shine a Light' campaign, which will encourage local people from across Harrogate to celebrate together but from the safety of their own homes. Harrogate Round Table are inviting residents to head into their gardens at 6:30pm on Thursday 5th November and shine a torch or light into the air, whilst giving out a cheer and applause. How can you support the Harrogate Bonfire? Whilst it is completely free to participate, Harrogate Round Table Charitable Trust are also using the opportunity to raise some much-needed funds for local charities and worthy causes.

As we all know, many local charities are under incredible pressure at the moment, and Harrogate Round Table have been involved in buying and distributing essential food parcels to vulnerable and isolated people across the Harrogate district.

If you’d like to contribute, Harrogate Round Table Charitable Trust have set up a “text to donate” number – just text SHINEALIGHT (followed by the amount you wish to donate) to 70085. Alternatively you can contribute via their Crowdfunder page here. 100% of all monies raised will go to local charitable causes. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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