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Lewes bonfire travel information

Lewes Bonfire night is not a Lewes District Council-run event - it is organised by the town's seven independent bonfire societies.  

For the latest updates and FAQs visit the East Sussex Fire and Rescue bonfires website

Road closures

Road closures will affect large parts of Lewes town on the day. Diversions will be in place for traffic to travel outside of the town. Residents are advised to get vehicles home before 4pm to avoid any road closures in place. We advise visitors not to bring vehicles into the town, but instead use public transport. 

Road closures from 4pm on 4 November 2023

  • A27 junction with A277 Brighton Road (Ashcombe Roundabout)
  • A275 Offham Road with B2116 Plumpton Road
  • C7 Kingston Road junction with C324 Wellgreen Lane 
  • A26 junction with A2029 Malling Street 
  • A26 Lane Church junction with Church Mayhew Way

These will be followed by further road closures inside the town at 16:45pm.

Parking restrictions will begin to be imposed from noon. The map at the bottom of this page shows which roads will be closed and from what time. 

Roads in Lewes will re-open at 2am or once Sussex Police deem it safe to do so and the cleaning of the town is complete by Lewes District Council waste crews.

Parking

On-street parking will be suspended on certain streets in the town. Vehicles must be removed from these routes or risk being towed away if they are not. 

If you have a parking permit and need assistance on alternative parking locations for the evening, please contact the East Sussex County Council parking team on 01273 335500 or parking.information@eastsussex.gov.uk

They are available Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Traffic diversions

The A27 will be open to through traffic only for the duration. No parking or waiting is allowed. Vehicles risk being towed if parked.

Rail services

For the latest news on trains to Lewes on 4 November visit:

Bus services

There will be diversions to services on 4 November. Please check with the bus operating companies for specific changes and disruption.

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Key to map of road closures and parking restrictions

Purple Routes: this road will be closed from 4pm to 2am. On-street parking is suspended from 12pm, vehicles risk being towed from 2pm.

Blue Route: this road will be closed from 4pm to 2am. On-street parking will be suspended from 12pm, vehicles risk being towed from 2pm.

Black Route: westbound traffic only from 4pm to 7pm. There will be no access to Lewes from A27 during this time. This road will be closed from 4pm - 2am. On-street parking is suspended from 12pm, vehicles risk being towed from 2pm.

Orange Route: this road will be closed from 5pm to 2am. On-street parking in authorised bays is permitted.

Green Route: this road will be open to through traffic. On-street parking will be suspended from 12 noon. Vehicles risk being towed away from 2pm.