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Bonfire Night Visitor Information

Bonfire Night 2019 – Saturday 26th October

Welcome to our bonfire and fireworks display – the best village bonfire in Sussex!

Please note the following:

We pride ourselves on the family-friendly nature of our event – but it is nevertheless a traditional Sussex torchlit procession and firework display – by its nature, it is loud, noisy, and can be frightening if you are not used to it.

  • This is a traditional Sussex bonfire celebration . Although we encourage family participation, you should expect loud and sudden noises, and bright explosions. You may consider that it is not suitable for babies and young children to be present.
  • Stay behind any barriers – these have been erected for your safety.
  • Comply with any instructions given by you by the Chief Marshal or Safety Officer and their team of marshals, who will be wearing high-visibility jackets.
  • Only members of Bonfire Societies, or those who have entered the Fancy Dress Competition, may march in the procession.
  • Lighted torches are only to be carried by members of Bonfire Societies in the procession who are at least 12 years of age. All members of bonfire societies aged 12 to 15 years carrying a lighted torch must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No members of the public are permitted to handle torches.
  • Keep a safe distance from the procession and flaming torches. Discarded torches and flares remain very hot and should not be handled.
  • Discharging fireworks on a public highway is a criminal offence
  • To comply with our insurance, bag searches may be carried out at the entrance to the bonfire field

We thank you for you cooperation and hope you have an enjoyable and safe evening.

Finally, we remind you that you are choosing to attend our event at your own risk – we will not accept responsibility for any personal injury, loss or damage to property.

Admission £1



Fancy dress competitors enter for judging


Judging of the fancy dress competition


Procession forms up outside the Cross Inn

7:15 sharp

TORCHLIT PROCESSION moves off from Staplecross to Cripps Corner, then back to the bonfire field


Lighting of the GIANT BONFIRE



Road Closed

The main roads through Staplecross are closed from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. If you are planning to park in or around the village, we strongly recommend that you arrive by 6:00PM at the latest. If you park in the Village Hall car park, Cricketers Field or Forge Lane, you should be aware that you will not be able to leave the area in your vehicle until the road closure is lifted (which may not be until 10pm) to allow pedestrians to leave the area in safety.

Please do not park on the road. Free parking is available next to the Cross Inn (no overnight parking permitted).