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Lewes bonfire

Bonfire night celebrations will take place in Lewes town on Monday 5th November. Lewes Bonfire is organised by the town's seven Bonfire Societies, and is not organised or run by Lewes District Council. Lewes Bonfire Council acts as a forum for the Bonfire Societies.

For information about processions, bonfire sites and tickets, please see Lewes bonfire sites and processions.

For information about travel please see Lewes bonfire travel arrangements.

Please pay particular attention to our advice below about safety and transport and think carefully before deciding whether to attend.

Lewes District Council's involvement in bonfire night

Our involvement in bonfire night is limited to helping make sure people attending the event are kept safe. To this end we work with partners including Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue, East Sussex County Council and British Transport Police. Our waste and recycling team work through the night to ensure the town is clean and tidy for the following day.

The event is not suitable for children

We want to ensure the safety of those attending the event and it is important to be aware the event is not suited to children. We strongly advise people with young families to attend an organised firework display close to where they live.

Getting in and out of Lewes will be very difficult

With its narrow streets and limited access into and out of town, Lewes is not set up to handle large crowds. Visitors to Lewes should be aware of the practical difficulties they will experience in getting transport to and from the event.

We strongly advise wearing ear protectors and eye defenders

We are advising people to take responsibility for their own safety. We work with the Bonfire Societies and other agencies to reduce accidents at Lewes Bonfire. In previous years there has been a problem with 'rookies' causing serious eye injuries. We are keen to promote the use of eye protectors (and ear defenders). We strongly discourage the throwing or dropping of fireworks either in the crowds or in the processions.

Celebrating diversity

Lewes District Council is keen to celebrate diversity and do what we can to promote good relationships between all members of our local community. We encourage anyone who has concerns about any discriminatory activities or harassment they experience or witness at the Bonfire night to contact the Bonfire Society concerned through the contacts on the Lewes Bonfire Council website: