Safety is a priority at Lewes Bonfire for district council

Cliff Bonfire 2012
Cliff Bonfire 2012
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Lewes District Council advises spectators to take responsibility for their own safety while having fun at Lewes’ traditional Bonfire Night events.

The council’s website states: “The event is a Lewes tradition going back many years and allows the residents of the town to celebrate the ancient tradition of bonfire.

Cliffe Bonfire Society

Cliffe Bonfire Society

“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.”

The main procession route for the six bonfire societies in Lewes is from Western Road, through the bottleneck along the High Street, past the War Memorial and down School Hill to Boots corner.

Road closures will affect large parts of Lewes with diversions in place. Residents are advised to get vehicles home before 5pm and visitors to use public transport.

A map of parking restrictions and more information can be found at