Hastings Bonfire 15th October 2022                SAVE THE DATE

Torchlit Procession with Fireworks along the route, Drumming, Bonfire, Effigy and Grand Finale Firework Display on the beach. This is a 'no ticket' event put on by the hard work and DETERMINATION of HBBS volunteers.

Thank you to everyone who supported us!

This year we were supported by our many sponsors and ‘part funded by Welcome Back Fund – ERDF EU funding’ 

Thank you!


What a fantastic event and wonderful time we all had! We have been delighted with all the fantastic positive feedback.

If you enjoyed our event and want to join to come along to one of our meetings at 8pm on the Second Tuesday of every month at The White Rock Hotel, or apply on line here  Membership  

Pets - we know many pet owners are anxious about fireworks, but good training can support your furry friend.   At HBBS many of us are pet owner so we know the importance of preparing yours. 

We love the advice we were sent: "An army dog trainer told us to bang two empty tin cans quite close to our pets sporadically through the day, as apparently when fireworks goes off it sounds similar and they are no longer scared, as they think it is normal."

There is some great advice here :  https://www.pdsa.org.uk/taking-care-of-your-pet/looking-after-your-pet/all-pets/pets-and-fireworks

For full details of the 2021 event please see the EVENT INFORMATION page click here.

Who are we?

We are a group of volunteers who make Hastings Bonfire the largest single Bonfire celebration in Sussex! This fantastic event is put on through the dedication and sheer hard work of the members and volunteers. It is financed by: Fundraising of HBBS Members,     Renegade Pyrotechnics,     Our Sponsors,  additional services provided by Hastings Borough Council e.g. road sweeping, public toilets and the use of Pelham Place Carpark.

We always welcome new members and volunteers. See Support or Membership for more information. 

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2019 Hastings Bonfire Celebration

What a spectacular event we had this year. It's almost impossible to highlight specific points that went so well but I shall try. During the day the canons firing a 25 gun salute with our ladies dressed so fine desperately trying to keep up with men marching in uniform. All this set the day off to great effect. 45 Guys made by local children whichw ere then placed on the bonfire on the beach. Nearly £6000 collected for charity- an outstanding sum. The procession with well made torches so the route lit the whole way, underpinned by careful planning at the start re the lighting and cheeky enemy heads too. The cracker-points provided sound and thrill which more than covered the no drop down rule. The Cyril and Lilan Bishop observance established so quickly and will be a new Hastings feature. Then on a beautiflly made beach site- not a glamorous job arranging barriers but one of the most essential done by that unseen team of grafters. Then an appropriate Bonfire effigy with Guy fawkes bursting out a cake to end with a wonderful fireworks display- obviously the best this Sussex Bonfire Season. Marshals working all night in the route and the fire-site. Clear up instantly the next morning by that team of committed people- always more needed to ease the burden. Thank you to everyone who was involved. It was a tremendous night- we are really proud of what we can achieve together. - Heather HBBS Chairman


Hastings Borough Bonfire Society makes an effigy of something that is in the news, usually locally. Our effigy is either a celebration or something for current debate. We do not have an opinion when we burn the effigy and blow it up with fireworks. The idea is to make people think about and discuss that topic.
See our effigies from 1995 to 2021. Which are celebrations? Which are to promote debate?

Bonfire in Sussex is unparalleled!

There are many different Bonfire Societies each holding their own event and attending each others. Celebrations last from the start of September to almost the end of November! See Sussex Bonfire Dates. Bonfire celebrates and remembers the overthrow of 1605 Gunpowder Plot to blow up The Houses of Parliament. Its origins begun in the The Observance of 5th November Act or "Thanksgiving Act" - Act of the Parliament of England passed in 1606. The law was repealed on 25 March 1859 by Anniversary Days Observance Act as religious tolerance became more widespread. Today, there is no religious context to our event. We remember the historical events, and give thanks for freedom, democracy and tolerance. Our burning crosses remind us of all martyrs who have died for the rights of religious freedom, and the poppies commemorate those who have died for our democracy and freedom. See History of Bonfire or Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night for Children for more information.


The Tradition of Bonfire in Hastings

Hastings Bonfire Tradition. from Reel Connection Films on Vimeo.

25 Years Ago - Hastings Bonfire 1995


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Beacon of Remembrance 1918-2018 from Reel Connection Films on Vimeo.