One of the highlights of the end of the year for me is Bonfire Night (also known as Guy Fawkes' Night, Fireworks Night, etc). Here in the UK, we celebrate this every November 5th, to mark foiling the plan to blow up the Houses of Parliament by Guy Fawkes in 1605.

Everyone always celebrates with fireworks, and this year I left my beloved home city's event for the fireworks festival at Alexandra Palace in North London. It was absolutely packed full of people and beyond freeeeezing (I couldn't feel my feet or use my hands properly by the end of it) and both Paddy and I managed to get a good viewing spot. Before it all started, you could see an amazing view across all of London, with the Shard and Canary Wharf in sight, where fireworks were going off all across the city. It really was something and is one of the perks of going to the Ally Pally event in particular.

The event was about £10 each - which included the fireworks show of 25 minutes, a 30 minute laser show (which to be honest was nothing to write home about) and entry. There were lots of food places on site, as well as a Day of the Dead festival; lots of people dressed up and paraded around the palace grounds which was pretty cool!

The fireworks were amazing. Probably just better than Oxford's ones (which are really quite good), they were set off in tune to music, using songs from Calvin Harris, Adele and Coldplay. It was such a fun atmosphere and I'd really think about going again next year!

M x