Hastings Borough Bonfire Society

Our bonfire society
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 put on by the hard work and determination of HBBS volunteers

HBBS bonfire 2019

Our next events...

2022 Grand Auction

Thursday 4th August 2022 at 7pm - part of Hastings Old Town Carnival Week

Hastings & St. Leonards Angling Association, Marine Parade by the Miniature Railway Station

We are still looking for a variety of Lots to auction off on the night - This is a mixed auction, so anything & everything is welcome, e.g. a voucher for a service or money off a service, a hamper, do you know anyone who might do a guided ghost tour? or a historical walk? or an item of any kind that you think someone would bid on. Have a think and get creative. We are a collective and many hands make light work. Please help us to help us make this year’s Bonfire event possible.

Please contact us at fundraising@hbbs.info for offers of auction lots


Our object activities are the advancement of the Sussex Bonfire tradition, especially around the Hastings area.

We promote and organise the annual Hastings bonfire torch-lit procession, bonfire, firework and effigy displays and to promote and raise awareness of the bonfire tradition in Sussex, and incidental purposes.

We assist other organisations undertaking similar events and local community.

We also operate a commercial firework display subsidiary, which trains personnel in pyrotechnics and fundraises for the Hastings traditional bonfire and firework celebration.

These events and activities are for the benefit of members, the local community, to help encourage visitors to the area and to promote the Sussex bonfire tradition.

Our history
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 Beacon on East Hill starts our torchlit event. This year we will also light the beacon on 2 June to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

The Effigy during the fireworks

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?

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!)

Join us!

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
We do.