Discover the world’s biggest bonfire celebrations in Sussex

Eastbourne, East Sussex

Autumn sees towns and villages across Sussex unite together in an ancient bonfire tradition for three months of eerie torch lit processions.

Expect marching bands, drummers, Morris dancers, pirates, pipers and bonfire effigies in these spooky processions, which run throughout September, October and November, including the world’s biggest bonfire celebrations in Lewes.

Dating back to Tudor times, these bonfire traditions were based on political events, from the burning of protestant martyrs in Lewes to the gunpowder sourced from the Powder Mills of Sussex by Guy Fawkes.  

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