Bonfire Processions in Sussex
Sussex is steeped in bonfire history, dating back to the burning of protestant martyrs in Lewes during Tudor times.
Local traditions go back even further with face painted workers in disguise, annually visiting households door to door for food and alcohol.
The World's Biggest Bonfire Night Celebrations
To commemorate these ancient traditions and political events, the Sussex Bonfire Societies were formed in the 19th century with events across the county throughout September, October and November.
Towns and villages across Sussex take turns to celebrate each week, with the largest of all being the world's biggest bonfire celebration in the county town of Lewes every 5th November.
Expect eerie torchlit processions with marching bands, drummers, Morris Men, traditional and themed fancy dress, pirates, pipers and floats featuring bonfire effigies.
Many events are family orientated with a carnival atmosphere, however larger events may not suitable for children.
See below for Bonfire dates all across Sussex!
Torchlit processions along Eastbourne seafront with marching bands, pipers, drummers, pirates and fancy dress, plus beach bonfire and fireworks from the Wish Tower beach.
3rd Rotherfield Bonfire Night Celebrations
Celebrating both the gunpowder plot and the Battle of Hastings! A spectacular torchlit procession from The Stade with bonfire and fireworks from the beach.
17th Hailsham Bonfire Night Celebrations
17th Nevill Bonfire Night Celebrations
17th Seaford Bonfire
24th Firle Bonfire Night Celebrations
24th Fletching Bonfire Night Celebrations
A day long celebration and torchlit celebration with colourful floats and steam engines, ending in a mammoth bonfire and fireworks display.
31st Newick Bonfire Night Celebrations
5th Lewes Bonfire
The biggest bonfire celebration in the world, featuring six different torchlit processions throughout the town, plus tar barrel rolling, marching bands, drummers, traditional fancy dress and floats with topical bonfire effigies. Each procession ends in a bonfire and fireworks display.
7th East Hoathly Bonfire Night Celebrations
A popular bonfire event with a cowboys and indians theme. Features a Grand Procession through the village, followed by a remembrance procession.
7th Chailey Bonfire Night
A family beach bonfire with fireworks, fire performers and face painters.
13th Isfield Bonfire