Hastings Borough Bonfire Saturday 15th October 2016

Hastings Celebrates 1066

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

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 so please give generously.


 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.


Give to support HBBS




 Friday 14th October - Hastings Day

1pm Parade of local school children in Battle FREE
3pm Multi-denominationals commemorative service St Mary's parish church, Battle. FREE
4pm Displays in front of Battle Abbey Gatehouse, Battle FREE
5.30pm Military band in Battle high Street, sunset ceremony with lowering of the flags. FREE
8-11pm – Anevening of music, song and dance - Les Derniers Trouvères mediaeval dance band from Paris, St Mary In The Castle, Hastings TN34 3AF £15


Saturday 15th October 2016

10am-5pm Battle of Hastings re-enactment, Battle Abbey, Battle £3-£15.50
10am National Town Criers Championship Priory Meadow, Hastings TN34 1PH FREE
11.30am-2.30pm Norman and Saxon Guy Making Workshops. Story telling. St Clement's Church Hastings TN34 3ES FREE Further details
3pm Judging of the Guys at The Stade Open Space, Hastings TN34 3FJ FREE
Midday-3pm Drumming performances around the Old Town culinating in a drum off outside the Albion south side, Hastings TN34 3EA FREE
Midday-5pm music, norman longboats, archery displays, skirmishes, hog roast, mead, cider and more. The Stade Open Space, Hastings TN34 3FJ FREE
3..30pm Fireworks - colourful daytime fireworks display in the style of the Spanish Mascleta. The Stade Open Space, Hastings TN34 3FJ FREE
4pm-5.15pm La Grande Promenade - wear your Saxon and Norman outfits in a gigantic procession around the town starting from 
The Stade Open Space, Hastings TN34 3FJ FREE
7.15pm Torchlight Procession, Bonfire and Fireworks. The procession will start from The White Rock at the end of Robertson Street, Hastings  - see map below. FREE


Sunday 16th October 2016

9am 1066 The Way to Battle a 17 mile foot race following the 1066 country walk from Pevensey to Battle.
10am-5pm Battle of Hastings re-enactment, Battle Abbey, Battle £3-£15.50
The Reflection music, songs and speeches and unveiling of The People's Tapestry. St Clement's Church Hastings TN34 3ES FREE

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




  • 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
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. 


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