Rye Bonfire Celebrations
By Carol Brazel, Sep 13 2017 10:47AM
The people of Sussex certainly know how to celebrate Bonfire Night and during October and November many towns and villages across the county have bonfire celebrations.
Rye Bonfire Procession takes place this year on 13th November, when the cobbled streets of this medieval town come alive with the sound of beating drums. The procession of floats, walkers with flaming torches, drum bands and our dragon, Scorcher and The Burning Boat winds its way through the narrow streets to the Salts and one of the biggest bonfires you will ever see. Once the bonfire has been lit there is an excellent firework display over the marshes. There is no charge for this event, the Rye Bonfire Society raises funds throughout the year, donations are very welcome. The donations given by the public on bonfire night has raised considerable amounts for local charities.
The streets are closed to traffic from about 7.30pm until about 9.30pm. Many people will arrive in Rye early and enjoy a meal or a drink in one of the many pubs or restaurants in the town. The precession begins at 7:50pm, signaled by a loud maroon. The bonfire on The Salts will be lit at around 8:45pm and the fireworks will begin at around 9pm.
Visit the Rye Bonfire Society website for more information and safety advice.
If you want to be part of this event our cottages The Salty Dog and Rock Lobster are less than a 10 minute drive from Rye. A Bonfire Night weekend break at The Salty Dog costs £440 for up to 6 people and at Rock Lobster the cost is £285 for up to 4 people. Our weekend guests can arrive anytime from 3pm on Friday and stay as late as 7pm on Sunday.
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