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Posted 1 November 2013 by Andrew Gardner

Rye Bonfire Celebrations

Remember, remember the 5th of November

Why not book a stay in one of our properties and celebrate a bonfire night, like no other?

The Sussex Bonfire Societies are responsible for the series of Bonfire festivals around 1066 Country and Kent, from late September to November.  Commonly known as Bonfire Season and  it extends over 10 weeks.  The celebrations mark both Guy Fawkes Night and the burning of 17 Protestant martyrs in Lewes High Street from 1555 to 1557, during the reign of Mary Tudor.

Guy Fawkes night in most parts of Great Britain is traditionally commemorated at large public firework displays or smaller family bonfire celebrations. Towns in 1066 Country and Kent hold huge, gala events with a massive bonfire, fireworks, parades with burning torches and costumes and a festival atmosphere. The Bonfire Societies use these events to collect money for local charities and to help with the cost of these extravagant spectacles. Rye Bonfire celebrations take place on the 9th November and I have hardly missed a year since moving to the area sixteen years ago, especially as it normally falls around my wedding anniversary. The Medieval town, makes the perfect setting for the costume clad, torch bearers, the drummers, plus the fire breathing dragon and a burning boat, truly magnificent.

Where ever you stay this Bonfire Season, whether it be Rye, Tenterden, Beckley, Winchelsea or Hastings, you can be sure of one thing……you will not be far from a fantastic, free display, so remember to support the societies and give generously when the collection buckets pass.

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