Hastings Borough Bonfire Society
Our bonfire society
What we do
What we do
We have great fun promoting the Sussex bonfire tradition.
Our main event is the Torchlit Procession with Fireworks along the route, Drumming, Bonfire, Effigy and Grand Finale Firework Display on the beach.
This is a 'no ticket' event for the public put on by the hard work and determination of HBBS volunteers. Our members may join in our procession, and join us at processions of other societies throughout the bonfire season
Our own society procession is the longest single torchlit procession in Sussex.
Hastings Borough Bonfire Society joins with the nation, and the wider world, to mourn the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. Earlier this year, the society was proud to lead the town’s celebrations for her 70th Jubilee.
2022 trains disruptions!
On 15 October 2022 there will be bus replacement services between Tunbridge Wells and Battle, with a shuttle train service between Battle and Hastings.
Our object activities are the advancement of the Sussex Bonfire tradition, especially around the Hastings area.
Preparation, procession, America ground ceremony, firecrackers, supporters galore, giant guy, more firecrackers, the gathering, drummers, firecarts, bonfire, fireworks and effigy
and why we do this madness!
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Supporters and Sponsors
What a fantastic event and wonderful time we all had in 2021! We have been delighted with all the fantastic positive feedback. Thank you to everyone who supported us!
This would not have been possible without the active help and skills of our many Members or without the financial and practical backing of many sponsors, this year particularly including Love Hastings and the ERDF EU Welcome Back Fund. Also see our Sponsor page , as many local businesses have again helped us hugely
The Effigy during the fireworks
Guy making is a fun tradition for our younger ones. 45 Guys were made by local children in 2021 which were then placed on the bonfire on the beach. 'Burn them'!
The America Ground declaration. Look this takes too long to explain here. Will get another page to explain that. Meantime, just watch and enjoy...
A bonfire - you'd expect one at a bonfire event! We don't disappoint!
Fire-carts bring up the rear to tidy up the remains of torch bats from the roads
Watch some of it, and enjoy...
Please bear it mind that it's a good deal louder when there in person (ho!)
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, then please feel free, or apply for membership for £15, use the form or online version here [Membership page link]
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.
Come and have a bang with HBBS, and smile