As the nights draw in and the air gets colder, it’s nice to look forward to getting wrapped up in your hat and scarf, before heading out with friends and family to enjoy some autumnal activities.

 

This year marks the 410th anniversary of Guy Fawkes failed ‘Gun Powder Plot’ to blow up the House of Lords. Will you be joining the 20 million people that head out to watch a fireworks display each year to remember this event?

 

If you are visiting North Wales during the first week of November, perhaps seek out one of these bonfire night displays that are taking place in the area. Whether you like to join the crowds, or prefer to spectate from afar, you’ll be sure to see some truly magical displays as historic buildings and coastal landscapes are lit up by bursts of colour in the night sky.

 

Beaumaris Fireworks Display – Saturday 7th November

The fireworks are set off from the village green, casting beautiful reflections in the water of the Menai Strait. It is a busy event and hailed as the best display on Anglesey as there is always such a great atmosphere.

Llandudno – Saturday 7th November 7.30pm

There are lots of great places to spectate at this display which is set off from Llandudno Pier. Whether you are watching from the prom, or from the Great Orme – the display is always impressive, lighting up Llandudno Bay, the rocky cliffs of the Orme and the sea below.

Caernarfon – TBC

With Caernarfon Castle and the harbour as a backdrop, firework displays don’t get much more spectacular than this! Join the crowds to watch this display at Aber Bridge, which is only a few minutes’ walk from the Celtic Royal Hotel.

 

Toffee Apple Cookie Bites

If you are planning to head out to watch a firework display here in North Wales, why not pack up a blanket, fill up your favourite flask and take along a few of these yummy biscuits, for a great alternative to buying toffee apples and candy floss from the stalls at the town displays.

These delicious treats are a great as a bonfire night snack or even enjoyed with a hot cup of tea they are sure to get you into the autumnal mood. The recipe is incredibly simple and quick, making it perfect for kids to try!  Add in a tablespoon of maple syrup and some cinnamon for a little twist on the recipe.

175g unsalted butter, at room temperature

140g golden caster sugar

2 egg yolks

50g ground almonds

85g chewy toffees, roughly chopped

85g/3oz ready-to-eat dried apple chunks, roughly chopped

225g self-raising flour

2 tbsp milk

  1. Preheat your oven to 190 or gas mark 5 (fan oven 170)
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until it is pale and creamy
  3. Gently stir in the egg yolks, dried apples, flour, ground almonds and toffee pieces. Mix well.
  4. Roll out small (walnut-size) balls of the mixture and place on lined baking sheets (make sure they are spaced well apart)
  5. Flatten out each cookie dough ball slightly with your hand. Brush them all with a little milk and bake in the oven for 8-12 minutes until golden
  6. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them firm up for 5 minutes or so before transferring to a wire cooling rack

 

These cookies will keep well for a couple of days if kept in an airtight container.

 

Where will you be watching the fireworks this year? Tweet us @GwestyrCelt

Safety – If you are out and about this bonfire night, even if at an organised fireworks display, remember that a rocket can reach speeds of up to 150mph, so be cautious and take all the precautions you can to stay safe.

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