High Weald

Autumn bonfire celebrations are set to begin in Sussex. From early September until the end of November, bonfire societies are 'on tour' – visiting each others villages and towns to help stage impressive torchlit processions and firework displays. 


These traditional events in and around the High Weald are smaller than the big event at Lewes on November the 5th but are as much fun, less crowded and more family friendly.

The celebrations mark both Guy Fawkes Night and the burning of the Protestant martyrs, both in Lewes and elsewhere, from 1555 to 1557. Donations to the events help raise many thousands of pounds for charities and other worthy causes.

Procession dates are as follows* (please contact individual bonfire societies for procession times and to confirm that processions are going ahead):


  • 7 September: Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society
  • 14 September: Crowborough Bonfire & Carnival Society
  • 21 September: Mayfield Bonfire Society
  • 28 September: Burgess Hill Bonfire Society


  • 5 October: Eastbourne Bonfire Society
  • 5 October: Rotherfield and Mark Cross Bonfire Society
  • 5 October: Northiam Bonfire Society
  • 12 October: Ninfield Bonfire Society
  • 19 October: Hastings Borough Bonfire Society
  • 19 October: Hailsham Bonfire Society
  • 19 October: Seaford Bonfire Society
  • 25 October: Isfield and Little Horsted Bonfire Society
  • 26 October: Ewhurst and Staplecross Bonfire Society
  • 26 October: Littlehampton Bonfire Society
  • 26 October: Heathfield and District Bonfire Society


  • 2 November: Battel Bonfire Boyes
  • 2 November: Newick Bonfire Society
  • 2 November: Edenbridge Bonfire Society (Kent)
  • 3 November: Robin Hood Bonfire Society, Icklesham
  • 5 November: Lewes Societies: Cliffe, Commercial Square, Borough, Southover, South Street, Waterloo
  • 5 November: Lindfield Bonfire Society
  • 9 November: East Hoathly & Halland Carnival Society
  • 9 November: South Heighton Bonfire Society
  • 9 November: Chailey Bonfire Society
  • 9 November: Rye Bonfire Society
  • 16 November: Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society, Lewes
  • 16 November: Robertsbridge Bonfire Society
  • 16 November: Barcombe Bonfire Society
  • 23 November: Hawkhurst Gang Bonfire Society (Kent)

*Event list courtesy of Sussex Bonfire Fun on Twitter: @sussex_bonfire

Be aware that many high streets and surrounding roads are closed for the events and parking tends to be on roads and lanes at the outskirts of the towns/villages. You may therefore need to walk some distance into the town/village and a torch may be useful.