Sussex Bonfire Season

Where: Sussex - various locations throughout the area (see website link for full list)
When: Late September to mid November
Time: Evenings - often Saturdays (see website link for full list)


Guy Fawkes

Sussex gets a special mention here because instead of celebrating Bonfire Night around the 5th of November, they have a whole series of events lasting all autumn long.Bonfire Night aka Guy Fawkes Night on 5th November is the anniversary of the discovery of Guy Fawkes with barrels of gunpowder in cellars beneath the  Houses of Parliament in 1605. Bonfires are lit, effigies of Guy Fawkes are burned and fireworks set off in commemoration of the narrow escape of  King James I and Parliament from being blown up by Fawkes and his fellow conspirators. All over the country similar events take place – it is one of the most popular national celebrations of the year. Bonfire Night is particularly enthusiastically celebrated in Sussex, where towns and villages stage their own series of individual displays in a carefully orchestrated charity-fundraising season lasting from late September to mid November (see link below for full programme details and also see separate listings on this site for Lewes and Rye).

Helpful Hints

There are too many fires to list all of them on this website – and if you follow the link below you’ll find the organisers have a great site of their own with links to all the individual events.

Click here for the Bonfire website: