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Remember Remember the 5th November

4 October 2017

Bonfire night has arrived, once again the evening with all the ‘oooohhs’ and ‘aaaahhs’ are returning with glittering sparklers, loud bangs and mesmerising bonfires. Let’s not forget the history behind this iconic celebration and the real reason we ‘Remember Remember the 5th November’.

Bonfire By Graham Huntley



The celebration of Bonfire night has been on the calendar for over 400 years, progressively becoming a bigger icon each year. Sussex has some of the biggest known bonfire celebrations as a result of our unique history

Battle was the centre of gunpowder manufacturing between 1676-1800s, it’s thought this is where celebrations first began. It’s also the location of Powder Mills, where Guy Fawkes is thought to of sourced the gunpowder from.

Local traditions go back even further with face painted workers in disguise so their employers and landlords wouldn’t recognise them, annually visiting households door to door for food and alcohol.


Procession member dressed in costume By Graham Huntley

Eastbourne Bonfire society is dedicated to the celebration of Sussex traditions through torch lit processions, bonfire and fireworks. For the past 8 years annually they have hosted a Bonfire night of celebration along Eastbourne seafront. Including drummers, pipers and bonfire societies from across Sussex all in traditional pirate or spooky costumes – expect plenty of Jack Sparrows along the way! Concluding with a mammoth bonfire on the beach and a spectacular firework display. This year’s event is being held on the 7 October 2017 – everyone is more than welcome!

Hunters Moon Morris preparing for the procession By Graham Huntley


Across the county each procession has their own unique take, with various societies taking part in a selection of costumes. The costumes are a result of the traditions of face painted workers disguising themselves to get food and alcohol.

If you want to join in the festivities and watch the torch lit processions there are lots of towns around Eastbourne having bonfire night celebrations across October and November.

Each celebration is very different and encompasses of an array of activities to leave you watching in awe. From the famous tar barrel rolling in Lewes to beach bonfires in Eastbourne. Astonishing firework displays and poi fire dancing are just some of the excitement you can expect from the processions, to make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun, check out the local celebrations below:


Eastbourne 7 Oct
Hastings 14 Oct
Seaford 21 Oct
Hailsham 21 Oct
Newick 28 Oct
Saffrons, Eastbourne 3 Nov
Battle 4 Nov (alternative if you want to miss the crowds in Lewes)
Lewes 4 Nov
Rye 11 Nov
East Hoathly and South Heighton (Newhaven) 11 Nov
Robertsbridge 18 Nov

Beach Fireworks By Graham Huntley



Whether you’re hosting a bonfire night yourself or attending one in and around Eastbourne, remember to be safe, keep an eye on small children and keep pets safe in the house.

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