Local traditions go back even further with face painted workers in disguise, annually visiting households door to door for food and alcohol.
This Saturday, 5 October, the
Eastbourne bonfire procession takes place.
Starting at the Crown and Anchor pub on Marine Parade at 7.30pm, the procession
will walk east to Fisherman’s Green before reversing and heading towards the
slopes to arrive around 8.30pm where the bonfire will be lit on the beaches
opposite and the fireworks display will be fired shortly after. Wish Tower
Led by Cllr Mike Thompson, Mayor of Eastbourne the procession will include the fantastic local Pentacle Drummers along with 17 other bonfire societies, a number of bands, Morris dancers and more!
In addition, Rotherfield will also have their Bonfire night celebrations on 5 October.
To follow, Hailsham,
Hastings, Neville and Seaford Bonfire
celebrations take place on 19 October, with celebrating both the gunpowder plot
and the Battle of Hastings. The evening is a spectacular torchlit procession
from The Stade with bonfire and fireworks from the beach. Hastings
Next up is the Fletching, Staplecross and Littlehampton bonfire nights on 26 October. Littlehampton is a day long celebration and torchlit celebration with colourful floats and steam engines, ending in a mammoth bonfire and fireworks display.
To start November,
will celebrate on
2 November. Guy Fawkes is said to have sourced his gunpowder from the Battle powder mills, and
one of the world’s oldest membership societies, the Battel Bonfire Boyes
celebrate this occasion every year with traditional torchlit processions,
bands, fireworks and brilliant tabs and set pieces. Also on the 2 November is
Newick and Winchelsea Bonfire processions. Battle
Which leads to the biggest bonfire celebration in the world; Lewes Bonfire 5 November. Featuring six different torchlit processions throughout the town, plus tar barrel rolling, marching bands, drummers, traditional fancy dress and floats with topical bonfire effigies. Each procession ends in a bonfire and fireworks display.
Also taking place on 5 November is Lindfield Bonfire night. Chailey, South Heighton, East Hoathly, Shoreham by Sea and
will follow on 9 November, Robertsbrigde on 16 November and Hawkhurst and
Northiam finishing the season on 23 November. Rye
Shoreham will celebrate with a family beach bonfire with fireworks, fire performers and face painters.
Expect eerie torchlit processions with marching bands, drummers, Morris Men, traditional and themed fancy dress, pirates, pip
ers and floats featuring bonfire effigies.
Many events are family orientated with a carnival atmosphere, however larger events may not suitable for children.
You can find all the details for each of the processions on www.lovesussex.com