Multi-agency partners say Lewes Bonfire ‘is for local people’

Multi-agency partners have published information on the upcoming Lewes Bonfire events, this year taking place on Saturday 4th November:


Planning is underway to ensure that this year’s Lewes Bonfire celebrations pass off safely.

Emergency services, public bodies and other organisations are part of a multi-agency group which has been meeting regularly. Considerable effort has been made to put appropriate safety measures in place at past events and agencies are as focused as ever on the need to reduce risks to public safety.

The night is run by local bonfire societies and includes a number of displays and processions. These usually involve a significant amount of fireworks and attract large crowds.

Given that Lewes normally becomes significantly over-crowded on bonfire night, the multi-agency group’s message is that this remains an event for local people.

There are concerns that more people than usual will come to Lewes this year as the event falls on a Saturday. Combined with significant amounts of fireworks, this presents a unique challenge to the multi-agency group tasked with ensuring public safety.

Sussex Police officers will be on duty to support the event’s stewarding and security teams, this includes at road closure sites as well as in the town centre itself. Anyone attending the event who sees suspicious activity or something that doesn’t seem right should report it to the stewarding teams or police officers on patrol.

Attendees are also reminded that the use of drones during the event is strictly prohibited and is a criminal offence.

As with previous years, a series of travel restrictions will be introduced on 4 November to help reduce the risks associated with this event.

These are being confirmed well ahead of the event to allow people time to plan. People from outside Lewes are also being encouraged to attend fireworks events closer to home.

Changes to train services have been confirmed as part of plans to keep Lewes Bonfire night running as safely as possible.


As in previous years, there will be no trains calling at the following stations after 15:00 on Saturday 4 November:

  • Lewes
  • Glynde
  • Southease
  • Cooksbridge
  • Falmer

No trains will call at the above stations until the first timetabled trains on the morning of Sunday 5 November. 


Road closures will be in place around the town from 16:00. Diversions will be in place for traffic to travel outside of the town. Parking restrictions in Lewes will begin to be imposed from 12:00 and visitors are advised not to bring vehicles into the town.

A full list of road closures and parking restrictions will be available closer to the time of the events.


This article originally appeared on the multi-agency Lewes Bonfire blogspot site, and is re-published here for convenience. The full list of multi-agency partners is:

  • British Transport Police
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service
  • Sussex Police
  • East Sussex Highways
  • East Sussex County Council
  • East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
  • Lewes District Council
  • Southern Railway