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Hastings Bonfire Celebrations

Stealing a march on most other bonfires, Hastings Beach is the venue for the Hastings Bonfire Celebrations. The spectacular torchlit procession, starting from The Stade, bonfire and fireworks commemorate the Battle of Hastings, as well as the traditional gunpowder plot.

Always held on the nearest Saturday to 14 October - the date of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 - the procession is part of the two-month-long Sussex Bonfire celebrations, which starts with Mayfield's late September blaze, marking the execution of four Protestant martyrs on 24 September 1556, under Mary Tudor.

Most bonfires, however, are reserved for 5 November, the date that Guy Fawkes and co's gunpowder treason and plot was foiled.

A beaded and plumed warrior at Hastings Bonfire parade, Hastings. Photo by Claudia Fogg

Hastings Bonfire Celebrations Information

When: Oct 2013 (annual)

Where: Hastings

Cost: Free; donations appreciated

Opening Hours:

Address: Pelham Place, Hastings

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