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Lewes Bonfire, UK.

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Lewes Bonfire or Bonfire for short, describes a set of celebrations held in the town of *Lewes (map), England, that constitute the United Kingdom’s largest and most famous *Bonfire Night festivities, with Lewes being called the bonfire capital of the world.

Always held on 5 November, the event not only marks *Guy Fawkes Night – the date of the uncovering of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 – but also commemorates the memory of the seventeen Protestant martyrs from the town burned at the stake for their faith during the Marian Persecutions.

Lewes is home to the largest and most celebrated of the festivities in the *Sussex bonfire tradition. There are seven societies putting on six separate processions and firework displays throughout Lewes.

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The history of bonfire celebrations on 5 November throughout the United Kingdom have their origins with the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, where a group of English Catholics, including the now infamous Guy Fawkes, were foiled in their plot to blow up the House of Lords.

To mark the demise of the 17 Lewes Martyrs, 17 burning crosses are carried through the town, and a wreath-laying ceremony occurs at the War Memorial in the centre of town. Ladies’ and men’s races take place, pulling flaming tar barrels in a “barrel run”, which takes place along Cliffe High Street at the start of the evening.

Lewes

The steep and cobbled Keere Street (map) is home to many historic buildings, including a timber framed antiquarian bookshop. The gardens of the buildings on the east side of the street border the old Town Walls (map).

The Vanguard Way, a long-distance footpath from London to Newhaven, passes through countryside east of the town. The South Downs Way also passes close to Lewes, crossing the Ouse at Southease, some four miles south of the town. The Greenwich Meridian Trail (map), a long-distance path that follows the Greenwich Meridian from Peacehaven in East Sussex to Sand le Mere in East Yorkshire passes through the middle of the town.

 

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Guide to traveling to and getting around in Great Britain.

TRAVELINE – Provides online travel planner services for all public transportation across Great Britain. They also have separate planners dedicated to specific regions.

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BUS: National Express | UK Stop finder

TRAIN: The essential source for rail travel information in Great Britain is the National Rail website. It includes an extremely useful journey planner, ticket prices and detailed information about every railway station in the country.

AIRPORT: airportguides.co.uk. The most important airports are London HeathrowLondon Gatwick and Manchester Airport.

FERRY: There are many ferry routes into the UK from continental Europe. (*Ferry routes to Great Britain)

Bicycles may be taken on car ferries and on Eurotunnel shuttle trains. Eurostar allows folding bikes on all its trains, and offers a more restricted service for other bikes, but has quite strict and specific rules that are worth reading up on before you travel.

Lewes Bonfire: Britain’s most dangerous Guy Fawkes celebration.

We went to Lewes to join in with one of the most intense nights of fireworks, burning effigies and huge bonfires that Britain has to offer.

video source: JOE / youtube.com /

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NationalTrust.org.uk: The National Trust is a conservation organization that protects historic buildings, gardens, and natural landscapes in the UK. Their website provides information on the organization’s properties and events.

EnglishHeritage.org.uk: English Heritage is another conservation organization that protects historic buildings and sites in England. Their website provides information on the organization’s properties and events.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: England, Wales and Northern Ireland has 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 18% of the countryside, over a fifth of the English coast, and including 12,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways.