Guy Fawkes night is amongst one of the most exciting festivities of the year, with Sussex being famous for holding celebrations for over 300 years. Due to commence in just a month, the county should expect a new wave of tourists as preparation for the night-time events has already begun.
If toasted marshmallows, warm smoky bonfires, bustling parades and brilliant fireworks are for you, Brighton Journal have curated a list of all the best Bonfire Night celebrations in Sussex.
1. Lewes – Monday 5th November
The Lewes bonfire night is undoubtedly the largest Fifth November Event in the world. Therefore, it is also incredibly popular, and requires fire-site tickets and travel planning should you wish to attend. Road closures from all entries into Lewes from Sussex begin at around 2pm, and there is no parking in Lewes all evening.
After controversial decision to close Lewes train station at 4pm last year, the stations have decided to go ahead with the closures for this year. Lewes train station and adjacent stations including services to the town from Falmer and Brighton will close at 5pm this year, and will not open until the following morning.
Lewes bonfire hosts more than 50 processions through the streets, followed by the largest bonfire in the UK, and the best firework display behind London’s New Year’s Eve performance.
2. Brighton Racecourse – Sunday 4th November
This child friendly firework display is popular amongst Brighton families. It is one of the largest and most popular bonfire night celebrations behind Lewes. This year, a fairground and food stalls will be open before the display at 7.30pm.
Admission prices will be £10 for adults and £5 for children under 16
3. Icklesham – Sunday 4th November
Robin Hood Bonfire society have been working hard for weeks in preparation for Bonfire Night. There will be a fairground, bonfire, firework display and even a hog roast!
The fabulous procession starts from 5.40pm from the village hall in Workhouse Lane, bonfire at 6.20pm, fireworks from approximately 6.40pm. Entry costs £3, under 12s £2, all profits will go to charity.
4. Hove, Nevill Recreation Ground -Saturday 3rd November
The Family Firework Spectacular kicks off Bonfire weekend with a marvellous display of fireworks. The display has been designed by award-winning team from Brightfire Pyrotechnics, silver medalists in the 2015 British Musical Firework Championship. Tickets can be bought online for £8 or £4.50 (children).
5. Littlehampton – Saturday 27th October
Littlehampton Bonfire Society are hosting this spectacular event the weekend before Bonfire Night this year. An incredibly popular event that mimics the festivities of Lewes, but is far more accessible – ideal for families. The evening includes a children’s parade, large fairground, traditional bonfire and of course, a spectacular firework display.
Feature photograph provided by Dominic Alves.