Remember, Remember the 5th of November

When Bonfire Night comes to mind, you might think of showers of bright colours, cosying up around an open fire or indulging in toasted marshmallows. But whether you’re staying in or heading out, you’re going to need a few Bonfire Night essentials, to make sure you have an evening to remember and you can find everything you need in Mell Square.


Cooking for friends and family this bonfire night? Sainsburys in Poplar Way has everything you need to impress your guests with the ultimate feast, whatever their age. From hotdogs and burgers, to toffee apples and giant marshmallows, it’s sure to go down a treat.

If you’re staying in for your own firework display or sneakily watching your neighbours from the window, Marks and Spencer has the perfect family meal deal, full of your favourite winter warmers. Head in-store on Mill Lane and choose one main and two sides or desserts for just £8. With choices of Cottage Pie and Chilli Con Carne, we hope you’re more decisive than we are!


Regardless of where you are celebrating this weekend, you’re going to need to wrap up warm to escape the chill of the winter air. Our must-have this Bonfire Night is a thick winter coat and with so much choice, whether you’re shopping for yourself, your partner or your little ones, we’ve picked out a few of our favourites to try and help you find the perfect fit.


The Ataka Coat from OSKA on Drury Lane South, with a loose-fit shape, has plenty of room to layer up underneath, meaning you truly can escape from the cold without having to hide indoors. Available in nine colours, you can keep it monochrome in black and grey or go for something a little more autumnal with a mustard or a cardinal red.


Burton in Mell Square has coats in all shapes and colours, but we’re favouring the Navy Midweight Hooded Padded Jacket. Ideal for protection against the colder weather, the snug quilted puffer jacket has multi-use pockets and a wadded hood.


Keeping warm needs more than just a coat, it’s all about layering up and you’ll find all the accessories you need on Mill Lane. Discover badger beanies and penguin mittens for the little ones at Marks and Spencer, and brushed cotton scarves and soft-knit snoods for yourself at FatFace.


From boggy open fields to cold back gardens, you need to keep your toes toasty as you enjoy the colourful displays. If you’re thinking of preparing for the mud, Hotter Shoes in Mell Square has a wide range of walking boots, perfect for protecting the bottom of your jeans, or if you’re after more of a trainer-styled shoe, Rieker Shoes on Mill Lane have the pair for you.


For something to keep the kids entertained in between firework displays, head to Poundland in Poplar Way. Whether they fancy making bangles out of glowsticks or adding a little fun to their drinks with a crazy straw, there’s sure to be something for your children in-store.

If you’re after something a little more Bonfire-related, Sainsbury’s and Poundland have the thing for you. Whilst your little ones will need supervision, sparklers are the ideal way to get them involved with the action this weekend.

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