Our 2018 event is on Saturday 13th October 2018

  "Tanaka Hikiri Matzumoto – 5 star "Been watching the bonfire society displays and processions since I was a child. The care and effort they put in to the planning and delivery of their magnificent displays year on year is outstanding and sum up Hastings as a place perfectly. If you ever get the chance to get down during a bonfire society event you will not be disappointed! Bonfire night is the high point of every year in Hastings and is really unmissable! Great work boys and girls x"  

Carla Parnell Leach – 5 star "Having been to other 'bigger' bonfires I can still say that Hastings always wins for me! A safe, friendly atmosphere, lots of fun and always a huge amount of dedication. Keep up the good work!"

Luke Mud Richards – 5 star "By far the best bonfire I have ever attended. Highly recommended"  

Our FREE event is funded and organised by the efforts of the volunteers of Hastings Borough Bonfire Society.


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About last year's event


Thank you every one for a superb

Hastings Borough Bonfire Saturday 14th October 2017!

A huge thank you this year goes to our sponsor Skinners Sheds



And what a great effigy it was - a tribute loved by many including the family of Hastings very own Popeye. ......... How long until our event? So not long until we find out what the effigy will be! Last year we celebrated the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, you can see this and other past effigies here.  BUT..... what could the effigy be this year? Only the effigy team know and we can't wait to see it!

What we do know is the effigy wouldn't be possible without the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of local businesses. We would particularly like to thank Stamco Building Supplies for kindly donating materials to build the effigy frame and Trade Paints for kindly donating the paint




2018 Programmes will be on sale from late August 2018 onwards


PLEASE support the costs of this event by buying a programme, merchandising or donating at the Firesite or through Paypal below. 



All collection money from the night goes to local charities.


 HBBS is a society of volunteers, who work throughout the year to  raise the £16, 000 needed, and who organise this event. Consider the cost of attending any paid firework display (Adult £20 at a firework spectacular in a neighbouring county)  and please consider supporting us every £ helps. Please note sales from street vendors do not support local charities or HBBS.   It not organised by Hastings Borough Council, although they have awarded a small grant, as has the Foreshore Trust. We are grateful for the support from many different Council and East Sussex departments including the police, fire brigade and ambulance services, as well as St John's ambulance. The event is supported by many individuals and business who are represented and advertised in our official programme.

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  • This event will be crowded and noisy, with loud bangs.
  • There will be burning torches, sparks, bright flares and fireworks.
  • Do not pick up discarded torches
  • Please stand clear of the procession as it passes.
  • Only official members of the invited bonfire societies, drumming groups and other invited guests may join the procession and enter the fire site.
  • Loud fireworks are discharged during the procession and firework display.
  • Please supervise your children at all times.
  • Do not bring dogs or other pets - they are bound to be frightened.
  • Do not bring or discharge fireworks. It is an offence to discharge fireworks on a highway and extremely dangerous.
  • Please do follow instructions by police and marshals for your safety.

Hastings Borough Bonfire Society recommends suitable clothing, foot and head wear. Some people may be more comfortable with eye and ear protection.

Enjoy and be safe Click here to read our full safety page




Route and Location

Bonfire location TN34 3AD  on the beach opposite Pelham Place. A large route map is included in the programme.  For parking please see below. 



Please put rubbish in the bins.

 Rail information can be found at https://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/ 

Bus information can be found at www.stagecoachbus.com/hastings-bexhill



For a list of car parks click here  or Parkopedia here. 

Pelham Place car park will have restricted parking until 3.00pm and be closed from 3.00pm on Sat 15th.

Rock-a-Nore Car Park and Carlisle Parade underground car park will have limited access during the late afternoon and evening of the 15th

There will be no on-street parking along the route of the procession and we respectfully ask all residents to move their vehicles prior to the procession for the safety of their vehicles, since the event will be very crowded and there will be fire and burning torches.

Parking: Car parks are in the area of TN34 1PH  Queens Road / South Terrace / Middle Street
Old Town on street parking is available in the area of TN35 5NA Old London Road but is likely to be crowded.

Click here to read more about road closures


Hastings Borough Bonfire Society advocates safe drinking. www.drinkaware.co.uk  

We have been advised by Sussex Police, that those who appear to be drinking alcohol, whilst under the legal age, may be searched.




Remember Remember the fifth of November
The gunpowder treason and plot. 
I see no reason why gunpowder treason 
should ever be forgot. 



If you would like to take part in Hastings or other Sussex Bonfire Processions please become a member. Membership opens for the 2018 year in November.

Membership also includes our walking group Rowan who take part in Jack in the Green and Hastings Carnival.

  and if you enjoy Jack In The Green it would be appreciated if you would complete this survey for the organisers https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NVZHRQH

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