Police warning ahead of Lewes bonfire celebrations

Lewes bonfire
Lewes bonfire

It is one of largest bonfire events in the country, and will see thousands of people visiting the Lewes.

Which is why Sussex Police has released a warning ahead of tonight’s celebrations (November 5).

The force reminded motorists that on-street parking will be suspended in certain streets in the town from 3pm and some roads will be closed from 5pm until 3am. 

Vehicles must be removed from these routes or risk being towed away if they are not. 

Local roads and railway stations will be heavily congested, with barriers in place at Brighton, London Road, Moulsecoomb, Falmer and Lewes railway stations.


For the first time, this year one of the busiest bonfire sites, the Waterloo fire site at Malling Brooks, will be a paid for event. This may cause further congestion and queues; for those wishing to attend access to the site is via Brooks Road.

Sussex Police assistant chief constable Robin Smith, said, “Our priority is to keep the public safe. Each year thousands of people attend the Lewes bonfire celebrations, it’s one of the biggest in the country.

“Both Sussex Police and British Transport Police work closely with Lewes District Council, the bonfire societies, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, South Coast Ambulance, St John Ambulance and the Red Cross to assist the public and minimise the risk of crime, disorder and any injury.

“As always I’d like to remind all that this event is meant for the residents of Lewes and the wider Sussex community should visit bonfire events closer to home. This event is not suitable for children and pets.

“Finally, please do enjoy the night but do so responsibly. The throwing of fireworks in the street is dangerous, will not be tolerated and will be dealt with robustly. What we all want is a safe and enjoyable event.”

For updates on road closures and advice please follow @LewesDC and @Sussex_Police on Twitter and the hashtag #LewesBonfire

Refer to the Lewes District Council website www.lewes.gov.uk for details on road closures.