This year Lindfield Bonfire Society is holding its celebration on Tuesday 5th November and marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of our Society.
The evening of our free to attend celebration starts with a fancy dress competition at the King Edward Hall. This is followed by a torch light procession around Lindfield, which heads onto the Common for the reading of the Bonfire Prayer and the lighting of the bonfire. We then finish the evening with our grand firework display.
Money raised from our street collection on the night is in aid of local children's charities: Chestnut Tree House, Court Meadow Riding for the Disabled, Cleft Lip & Palate Association (C.L.A.P.A.), Kangaroos and Orchard House.
We really look forward to seeing you on our night, but first there are six important things we need to tell you to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time at our celebration:
1) Fireworks - Do not bring your own sparklers, fireworks or bangers to our event. Fireworks are dangerous and it is against the law to use them in public (including those sparklers!). LBS operate a strict no fireworks policy outside of our display area and the discharging of rookies, bangers or any other type of fireworks is not permitted before, during or after the procession or in the public viewing areas at any time.
2) The Procession - For the safety of all, only members of Lindfield Bonfire Society, invited visiting Bonfire societies and invited organisations can walk in our procession.
3) Dropped torches are dangerous & have been discarded for a reason - Do not pick them up.
4) Do not bring pets to our night please - There will be naked flames & load bangs throughout the night.
5) No drones are allowed at our event for public safety reasons - Anyone found operating a drone will be reported to the police.
6) Please be considerate to local residents & their properties before, during and after our event.
Programme of Events - Tues 5th Nov 2019*
6.30pm - Fancy Dress Competition – at the King Edward Hall (free to enter)
7.30pm - Torchlight Procession – through the village
8.15pm - Lighting of the Bonfire – preceded by the Traditional Bonfire Prayer
8.30pm - Grand Firework Display – on Lindfield Common
9.00pm - End of show
*All timings are approximate and subject to weather conditions.
We put regularly update our web site and Facebook page with news and details in the run up to our event, so please keep checking in to see what is happening and for any changes affecting our night.
Roads closures to vehicles will be in operation in the village between 6.30pm until 9.30pm.
The High Street and Black Hill will be closed for the entire evening.
Roads affected by closures to vehicles are:
For the duration of the event (18:30 to 21:30):
- The High Street from Black Hill up to junction with Hickmans Lane.
- Lewes Road to the High Street from the junction of Eastern Road
– Traffic will then be diverted along Hickmans Lane while the High Street is closed
(approx. times 18:30 – 19:30 and 20:00 – 21:30).
- Hickmans Lane will close for the procession and re-open once this has moved onto
Lindfield Common (approx times 19:30 – 20:00).
While Hickmans Lane is closed there will be no entry onto it from Denman’s Lane, Brookway, Finches Park Road, The Welkin, Compton Road, Shenstone and Sunte Avenue.
– Traffic will be diverted via Eastern Road, Luxford Road, Newton Road and Dukes Road due to the closure of Lewes Road.
There will be no entry onto Lewes Road from Chaloner Road.
There will be no access to the High Street from Backwards Lane.
We recommend that:
If traveling south towards Lindfield from Ardingly to go via College Road (Ardingly) to avoid Lindfield.
If traveling north from Haywards Heath towards Ardingly please use Summerhill Lane to avoid Lindfield.
If you live locally please walk to our event as parking is very restricted within Lindfield Village. Vehicle access to our event will be affected by road closures during the night.
If coming by car we recommend you park in Haywards Heath, or on the outskirts of the village, and walk to our event.
When deciding where to park:
- Avoid the procession route
- Consider access for local residents and the emergency services
After the event:
- Remember that it will take time to leave the village as the crowds disperse.
- Please drive carefully as the crowd will be using both the pavements and road.
We have limited parking available for disabled visitors at the top Common car park (just off Backwoods Lane). Please contact us in advance so we can discuss further accessibility to the village for our night.