The peaceful and beautiful county of Sussex is about to be overrun with blazing bonfires, burning effigies and toffee apples as the county gears up for a spectacular Fireworks Night. From the raucous parties in the towns to vigils in the villages, there is sure to be an event over this weekend to tempt those of all tastes.
The town of Lewes hosts by far the most decadent and loud of the celebrations to honour the memory of their most famous pyromaniac, Guy Fawkes. With packed streets full of fancy dress and seven separate Firework Councils leading the spectacle, the celebration is sure to secure the oooohs and aaaaahs of the 50,000 odd party goers who have been known to visit on the night of the 5th. Festivities are scheduled to go on from 5pm all night with road closures from 4pm onwards, so the best way to get into Lewes is by Public Transport (but be warned, there will be queues!). Mulberry are pleased to join in the fun with their new addition, Wooton Farm House situated in East Chiltington, just ten minutes away from Lewes itself.
If you miss the celebrations in Lewes, Rye in Sussex also hosts a magnificent bonfire night just a week later on the 12th with a parade, drumming and the fearsome town dragon ‘Scorcher’ bringing up the rear. The event scheduled to last from 6.30 until 9.30 so there will be plenty of time to enjoy the enormous bonfire, impressive fireworks and to eat more toffee apples than is sensible!
If your tastes run toward the more sedate, there are plenty of smaller Bonfire night celebrations around the country which are equally as enjoyable. Firstly on the 5th there is Lindfield, on the outskirts of the picturesque Haywards Heath, which hosts an evening of fun and frolics for all the family. Starting with a children’s fancy dress competition at 6.30pm following with the parade through the town to the common where a bonfire being lit and fireworks released.
Another celebration taking place is in the ancient town of Winchelsea, with an atmosphere combining breath-taking fireworks displays and a laid back atmosphere ideal for children. The torchlight procession is scheduled to begin at 7pm with the evening culminating with the burning of the guy, music and fireworks it promises to be an event to remember.