Know Before You Go
Ottery St. Mary is a small town in East Devon, in southwest England. The burning of the tar barrels is every year on November 5th (unless the 5th falls on a Sunday, then the festivities are on the Saturday before).
Ottery’s Bonfire Night also includes the usual Guy Fawkes bonfire, and has been expanded to include a mini fairground, and stalls selling food and warming drinks. The roads in and out of the village are all closed that day, and everyone must use one of the five designated car parks (the charge is £10 per car). There is no driving, and no other parking allowed. Alternatively, coaches can be booked from key towns surrounding Ottery St Mary, including Taunton and Exeter.
It can be chaotic, with hundreds (sometimes thousands) of people descending on the square and narrow streets. Keep in mind that you will be in close proximity of burning tar barrels, so if you are concerned by flames and/or don't like rowdy crowds, this is definitely NOT the night for you.