The failed Gunpowder Plot is responsible for us all getting wrapped up in cosy coats, hats and gloves and heading out to watch amazing displays of spectacular fireworks up and down the country. Guy Fawkes effigies are placed on the bonfires and even if we don’t have a Guy Fawkes to burn, the UK is ablaze with bonfires (which go hand in hand with superb firework displays) up and down the country.
Sussex takes Bonfire Night very seriously! Many towns throughout Sussex celebrate Bonfire night on different nights in October and November so there is plenty of choice. The most amazing torchlit processions are held in Lewes and Hastings going on late into the night. Due to the size and number of events and mutual collaboration, it became impractical to hold all the bonfires on the traditional Fifth of November.
People come from far and wide to visit Lewes Bonfire Night, there is a wonderful sense of community at this beautiful Sussex market town. Nestled into the white chalky cliffs of the South Downs, it is a fabulous town to visit any time of year but the Bonfire Celebration Night held on the actual 5th November, really is a memorable event.
Another town with serious Bonfire Mania is Hastings. The spectacular torchlit procession which happens this weekend, remembers the Battle of Hastings, as well as the traditional gunpowder plot.
In a nutshell Hastings celebrates the foiling of the gunpowder plot of 1605 and holds their event to coincide with Hastings week which commemorates the Battle of Hastings. There is a torchlit procession through the streets followed by a bonfire and fireworks on the beach. It really is nothing like you have ever seen before, those participating dress up in wonderful costumes to create a very memorable occasion!
Stable Cottage in Iklesham sleeps 2.
Beautifully converted, it has amazing views over the surrounding countryside. After a wonderful evening joining in the festivities in Hastings you can be back in your comfortable bed and have a wonderful night’s sleep. Sunday would be perfect for a walk on Camber Sands followed by lunch in the historic town of Rye.
The cottages are within easy reach of the coast, Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Haven are well worth a visit. If you take your bikes you can enjoy The Cuckoo Trail too!
For those who are planning a bigger celebration, Yellowhammer is just a few miles from Lewes and ideal for visiting the Sussex Bonfires.
This time of year there are plenty of firework displays all over the UK, wonderful fireworks are displayed at Cheltenham Racecourse on the 8th November and we have the Regency House Cheltenham available for that weekend – what an amazing place to base yourself for this fun filled evening!
Cosham Firework display in Portsmouth is to be held on the 4th November at King George V Playing Field and we have the most amazing holiday property, right overlooking the sea – Solent View House in Hampshire offers a fabulous views!
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