Our guide to all the bonfire events in Sussex this autumn

Burgess Hill Bonfire Night. PIc Steve Robards SR28091902 SUS-190930-104236001
Burgess Hill Bonfire Night. PIc Steve Robards SR28091902 SUS-190930-104236001

Towns across Sussex will be building effigies, setting up bonfires and organising parades for a 300 year old tradition this Autumn.

If you want a chance to wrap-up warm,grab a sparkler and join in, here is our handy guide to all the bonfires taking place across Sussex this November.

For a sneak preview of what some of these bonfires are like, take a look at our photos from this year’s Burgess Hill Bonfire.


Battel Bonfire

Saturday, November 2.

This will be a free non-ticketed event hosted by the Battel Bonfire Boyes. All donations given on the night to official street collectors goes to help local charities and good causes.

There are events running throughout the day but, at 7.45pm, a maroon will signal the start of the procession on Market Road. It will proceed down the High Street and Lower Lake to the Station Approach.

Turning at Station Approach and returning to the Abbey Green the procession will enter the Abbey Gatehouse to keep the traditional involvement of Battle Abbey within the celebrations. Having turned within the Abbey, the Battel Bonfire Boyes and visiting societies will make their way back up the High Street where they will turn and re-torch at the roundabout.

Making its way back down the High Street, the procession will return to the Abbey Green where the bonfire will be lit to the traditional cry and the firework display will commence.

There will be no parking as this is a small town with limited spaces, and road closures can be found on the society’s website.


There will be two events held in Brighton.

The first will be the Brighton Lions Fireworks Display, held at the Brighton Race course.

gates open at 6pm and display begins at 7.30pm on Sunday, November 3.

This is one of the biggest and most feature-rich fireworks displays on the South Coast. There will be fairground rides for the children before the display, and refreshments will be available.

Admission prices will be £12 for adults and £6 for children under 16.

Family tickets are available for two adults and two children at £30.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

The second will be The Family Firework Spectacular, held at The Nevil Playing Fields, Nevil Avenue, Hove on Saturday, November 2.

The fireworks here will be choreographed to popular hit songs, alongside a few musical surprises. Gates Open at 5pm and the display itself begins at 7pm.

Adult advance tickets cost £10 but children aged 3-15 can attend for £5. Early bird tickets, however, are even cheaper at £8 for adults and £4 for children. It will also be possible to buy tickets at the door, which will cost £12 for adults and £6 for children. These tickets are, unfortunately, cash only.

To save yourself some money and buy tickets in advance, visit their website


Friday October 25 from 6.30PM

Dunned their best one yet, this year’s show is based on the theme of ‘magic’, and promises to deliver a professionally choreographed fireworks show, complete with music. Alongside the fireworks, there will be a pumpkin carving competition and a children’s fancy dress contest, with judging taking place when the gates open at 6.30. The bonfire itself will be lit at 6.45 and the fireworks will be let off at 8.00pm.

To event field is in the centre of the village, near the Merrie Herriers Inn.

Guests can also look forward to a hog roast, a BBQ (though vegetarian food will also be available) and a fully licensed bar.

Tickets cost £5 for adults and secondary school students, but primary school age students can attend for £2. Pre-school aged children and babies are welcome free of charge, so long as they are accompanied by an adult. All ticket proceeds will go towards chairtable causes throughout the community.

To find out more about the Cowbeech Bonfire Society, visit their Facebook page.


Saturday, October 5. From 7.30pm

Eastbourne Bonfire Society will stage a colourful procession along the seafront with a giant bonfire and firework display as the finale. Part of the local bonfire tradition sees it attract other regional societies to the procession. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, visit the Bonfire Society’s website.

Ewhurst Green and Staplecross

Saturday, October 26.

At 7pm the procession will form outside the Cross Inn, followed by the lighting of the bonfire at 8.30pm and the grand firework display at 9pm. Admission is £1.

The society prides itself on the family-friendly nature of their event – but it is nevertheless a traditional Sussex torchlit procession and firework display – by its nature, it is loud, noisy, and can be frightening if you are not used to it.

See the society website for road closures and where to park.

For more information, visit the Bonfire Society’s website.


Saturday, October 19

This years Guy Fawkes and Festival of Fire Celebrations will be held in Hailsham Town Centre between 7.30pm and midnight.

To book tickets, and for information about road closures, timings and more, click here.


Saturday, October 19

The Hastings Bonfire Procession will begin at the seafront end of Robertson Street at 7.15pm and proceed through the town to the beach in front of Pelham Place Car Park, where the fireworks will begin at about 9.15pm

The event will be free to attend and involve a variety of societies across Hastings.

For information about timings, the societies involved and road closures, please visit the Hastings Borough Bonfire Society website.

Horsham Rugby Club

Saturday, November 2

Gates will open at 5pm at Horsham Rugby Football Club, Hammerpond Road, giving everyone enough time to enjoy the fair, food stalls and atmosphere, with the fireworks commencing at 8pm.

Standard price tickets (advance) are £8 but £10 on the day, and advance family tickets- which cover up to five people- are £25 but £30 on the day. Children under five go free.

All tickets can be purchased from their eventbrite page, although a small booking fee will apply and sales of advance tickets will cease on Tuesday, November 1.

Robin Hood Bonfire Night

Sunday, November 3

Main Road, Icklesham, East Sussex, TN36 4BD

Procession starts from 5.30pm and the bonfire will begin at 6.30pm, fireworks from approximately 6.40pm.

Entry costs £3, under 12s £2, all profits will go to charity.

There will be fairground rides, a licenced bar, and a hog roast.

Click here to find out more.

Isfield and Little Horsted

Friday, October 25

Further details to be released closer to the event.

For updates and more information, visit their website.


Tuesday, November 5.

This is one of Britain’s biggest Bonfire Night celebrations, so there will be different processions held by different societies in different parts of the town all through the night.

There will be road closures all evening and night all around the Sussex routes into Lewes, starting from about 2pm, and the main procession routes will be out of bounds for car parking.

No trains will call at Lewes, Falmer, Glynde or Southease from 5pm on November 5 until the first timetabled trains on the morning of November 6.

For information on the history and culture of the Lewes bonfire celebrations, click here.


Tuesday, November 5.

The evening of the free to attend celebration starts with a fancy dress competition at the King Edward Hall. This is followed by a torch light procession around Lindfield, which heads onto the common for the reading of the Bonfire Prayer and the lighting of the bonfire. The evening finishes with the grand firework display.

Approximate timings and road closure details can be found on the Lindfield Bonfire Society website..


Saturday, November 16. 6pm.

This ceremony will involve two torchlit processions, accompanied by several bands. The society’s grand tableau will be pulled through the streets of the Nevill Estate, Lewes.

The society will then process up to the firesite, on Landport Bottom, where it will light the bonfire. Following an address by the clergy, it will then light up the Sussex night sky through the destruction of the effigies, tableau and a final grand firework display.

A third, and final, procession will head back to headquarters where they will sing bonfire prayers. More information is available at the Neville Juvenile Bonfire Society website.

Interested in the History of Guy Fawkes, The Gunpowder Plot and the 5th of November bonfire celebrations? Check out our informative video.


Saturday, November 2

Newick Bonfire Society will also be organising a torch lit procession and lighting of the beacon on The Green on Sunday, November 11 at 6.30pm

To find out more, visit the Newick Bonfire Society website.


Saturday, October 12

Procession and firework display will follow the route of Church Lane onto the Green into Manchester Road, Coombe Lane and Standard Hill, onto the High Street, The Green and back into Church Lane leading onto the Recreation Ground.

At 7.15pm the procession lines up in Church Lane, leaving at 7.30pm. The fire will be lit, followed by the fireworks display.

To find out more about the Ninfield Bonfire Night, click here.

Northchapel, Petworth

Sunday, November 3.

Northchapel’s very own Bonfire night celebrations will start outside St Michael’s Church, with the bonfire being lit at 7pm and the fireworks going off at 7.15pm.

There will be a range of snacks and refreshments to purchase and, though the event is free, all donations will go towards the cost of the event and general church upkeep.

Find out more on the event’s Facebook page.


The procession will start at 7.30pm from the Bonfire Field.

Entrance to the field costs £1, and the bonfire will be lit at 8.30pm.

Visit their website for details of road closures and parking restrictions.


Saturday, November 9.

Rye Bonfire Night is organised by the Rye Bonfire Society, who also run the fireworks display.

The fireworks are launched from the far side of where the fishing fleet moor, good vantage points include the salts, Hilders cliff, the cricket pitch and the back of the Queens pub as well as the Monckbretton bridge area.

All streets on the processional route in Rye town centre will be closed to traffic from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

To find out more about the event schedule, road closures and more, visit the Rye Bonfire Society website.


Saturday, October 19.

The procession will be departing from the White Lion Seaford at 7pm.

More information about the event is avliable at the Seaford Bonfire Society Website.



Saturday, October 19

Selsey Fireworks is organised by a committee of local volunteers and expertly directed by Selstar of Selsey, which coordinates it to music, following a chosen theme. This years music theme is Angels and Demons.

Children under three go free, but tickets for children aged 3-16 cost £4 in advance and £5 on the gate. Adult tickets cost £5 in advance and £6 on the gate.

Facilities include a massive fun fair, a large bonfire, live music, and plenty of food stalls.

Fore more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

South Heighton

Saturday, November 9.

The procession will form up near the Flying Fish in Denton, moving off at approximately 6.30pm. It will stop outside the Hampden Arms for a short period before reforming and carrying on down the hill to the firesite at South Heighton recreation ground. Fireworks will go off at approximately 8pm. Entrance costs £4 for adults, and accompanied under 18s free (up to three per adult).

Again, for more details and for information about road closures, visit their website.