Bonfire event information

Hastings Borough Bonfire Society’s Torchlit Procession and Fireworks is on Saturday 14th October 2023

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.  Please support us where you can.  For having a good time on the night, please see the information below... 

Summary details for Sat 14 Oct 2023 (if you can't get a programme - they are likely to sell out this year!)  Typical timings are: -

Members - please see page for more detailed info

Here is our safety info and rules


The event is likely to be crowded and noisy, with loud bangs. Naked flames and fireworks can be dangerous. The very young, elderly and people of a nervous disposition are advised to keep well back, both during the procession and during the firework display. There will be smoke and flames so wear sensible non-flammable clothing and bring your inhaler if you suffer with asthma. Hastings Borough Bonfire Society cannot accept responsibility for any personal injury or loss or damage of personal items. Please act sensibly; anyone attending the event does so entirely at their own risk. In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, certain details of the event may alter without prior notice.

Stay safe and help to keep everyone else safe and above all enjoy the day. 



Hastings Borough Bonfire Society Advocates safe drinking 


We  need you to be Covid safe: 

Outdoor events seem less risky, so we hope you will enjoy our event and stay safe.


Disabled facilities

Procession route

White Rock > Robertson Street > Havelock Road > Harold Place > Denmark Place > Pelham Place > Marine Parade > East Parade > East Beach Street > Rock-a-Nore Road > All Saints Street > High Street > East Parade > Marine Parade > Pelham Place. Bonfire and Fireworks are on the beach in front of Pelham Place car park.

Road closures

Road closures take effect 5:30pm. Roads re-open 10.30PM – 11.00PM (approx.) Closure and opening timings may vary. They are dependent on safety and made in consultation with the local police.

Transport and parking

Parking on roads and in car parks is limited by road closures – see maps. Car parks can fill up quickly. Buses and trains can be crowded. It can take extra time to walk due to the crowds. 

Procession order / assembly

Grand Procession to Celebrate the Discovery of The Gunpowder Plot 

Procession map - a slight update is here - the procession does not light until a little later in Robertson Street this year, and we loop round Winkle Island for a re-torching like we did last year.