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Lewes Bonfire 2013

Lewes Bonfire celebrations will take place in Lewes town on Tuesday, 5 November 2013.

The event is a Lewes tradition going back many years and allows the residents of the town to celebrate the ancient tradition of bonfire.
The event is historically important for the people of Lewes and a key part of community culture. 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. People with young families are advised to attend an organised firework display close to where they live.
The town of Lewes is not set up to handle large crowds with its narrow streets and limited access into and out of the town. Visitors to Lewes should be aware of the practical difficulties they will experience in getting transport to and from the event.

It is not a firework display as people expect. While there are fireworks later in the evening at designated bonfire society sites, the main focus of the event are the processions which are historical.
We are advising people to take responsibility for their own safety. We are working 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) and discourage the throwing or dropping of fireworks either in the crowds or in the processions.

Procession & Bonfire Sites

The six bonfire societies in Lewes will hold their celebrations on 5th November 2013. As part of this, processions are held through the streets of Lewes. The main procession route is from Western Road, through the Bottleneck along the High Street, past the War Memorial and down School Hill to Boots corner. The bonfire societies are:

Each bonfire society sells its own programme giving details of its procession route. The United Grand procession starts at approximately 7.40pm. Following the procession, each society will hold a bonfire at sites around the town. The fires will be lit at around 9.30pm and be followed by a firework display.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the bonfire societies to attend one of the bonfire sites. Some do not charge but instead ask for a donation.

The main procession route becomes crowded early in the evening. When the town centre is full, the access barriers will be closed. Anyone coming into the town after that time can stay outside the main procession route or go straight to one of the bonfire sites.

Travel information

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 5pm to avoid any road closures in place. We advise visitors not to bring vehicles into the town, but instead use public transport.


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 Parking Shop.

Lewes Parking Shop

Monday Friday: 8am 5pm / Saturday: 9am 1pm
Phone: 0845 680 1129
Email Lewes Parking Shop

Affected Routes

The routes (marked on the map below) are used for processions and associated safety arrangements and subject to closures and parking changes:

Yellow Route - On-street parking suspended from 2pm. Road closed from 5pm until 3am.

Purple Routes - On-street parking suspended from 2pm. Roads closed from 5pm until 1am.

Orange Routes - On-street parking permitted in authorised bays. Roads closed from 5pm until 1am.

Blue Routes - On-street parking suspended from 2pm. Roads closed from 7pm until 1am.

Black Routes - On-street parking suspended from 2pm. Westbound traffic only between 5pm and 7pm (there will be no access to Lewes from the A27). Road closed from 7pm until 1am.

Normal parking controls for on-street and car parks will resume at 8am on 6 November 2013.


The A26 and A27 will be open to through traffic only for the duration. No parking or waiting is allowed. Vehicles risk being towed if parked.

Lewes Bonfire Map

This is an interactive map. Click on each object for more information.


Public Transport

Rail Services

There is likely to be long waiting times for trains in and out of Lewes. Last services from Lewes depart between 12.00am and 12.30am depending on your destination. Please check with Rail Enquiries for details of your specific journey.

Bus services

There will be diversions to services on 5th November. Please check with the bus operating companies for specific changes and disruption.

Useful Information

For the latest information, please search #lewesbonfire on Twitter (no account needed).

Council offices

Our reception at Southover House, Lewes will close at 4pm on 5th November 2013.

Live webstream

Sussex Police will show live video on the night between 6-8pm. Watch via their website:

Published: 15 October 2013