Your ultimate guide to the best local bonfires!
The countdown is on to a sparkling night – or several – as we prepare to remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot!
The Bonfire Night tradition is always guaranteed to have even the most laid-back of us eagerly donning hats and scarves and heading outdoors to ensure we don’t miss out on the colour and excitement of the nearest glittering firework display.
As you’re already probably planning ahead to buy tickets before they run out, we thought we’d give you a guide of the best bonfire and fireworks nights happening locally…
Saturday 2nd November
The celebrations start on Saturday 2nd November with The Nevill Fireworks at the Nevill Recreation Ground. Gates will open at 5pm ready for the Fireworks Display at 7pm. The display is produced by the award-winning team from Brightfire Pyrotechnics, silver medallists in the 2015 British Musical Firework Championship, and is choreographed to a fantastic musical soundtrack. Listen out for some very familiar tunes and a few surprises too. Food stalls will be open all evening, and glow sticks and flashing toys will be on sale at stalls inside the grounds.
Sunday 3rd November
On Sunday, head to Hurstpierpoint for the Danny Park Bonfire & Fireworks. Bring your family along to enjoy a bonfire, bumper display of fireworks and BBQ.
Gates will open at 5.30. There is a ‘Best Guy’ competition for children – bring your guy along before 5.50 and you may win a free child’s ticket. There will be fireworks at 6.30 and a bonfire, featuring the ‘best guy winner’ at 6.50!
There’s also Brighton Racecourse for the Brighton Lions Fireworks Display – gates open at 6pm with the fireworks due to start at 7.30pm. This annual fireworks display is considered to be one of the best in the country, with fairground rides for the children before the display, and refreshments available.
Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th November
We of course, can’t forget Lewes Fireworks festival, one of the largest and most famous Bonfire Night festivities, with Lewes being called the bonfire capital of the world. It will consist of separate bonfire societies holding processions and bonfire events throughout the town, all with their own processions, traditions, costumes, fire sites and fireworks. To see the majority of the processions, the best viewpoints are around the Lewes Cliffe Bridge or near the Lewes War Memorial or Town Hall.
Tuesday 5th November
On bonfire night itself, Sussex Cricket will host their annual display. The Night raises money for local charities, and there’s lots to look forward to, including the fireworks display and plenty of entertainment in the build-up. Gates open at 6pm for pre-show entertainment before the fireworks begin at 7.30pm.
We’re lucky that Brighton & Hove and the surrounding areas host some of the best bonfire/firework nights the UK has to offer. With something big happening every night, it’s easy to find time to attend one with family, friends, or a loved one and be wowed! Just remember to stay safe, stay warm, and have fun!