Kent’s most famous bonfire celebration – preserving an age old tradition
The annual Edenbridge Bonfire celebration is held on the nearest Saturday to 5th November (the date of the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605) and is by far the biggest event in the Edenbridge calendar. The Daily Express calls it, “the World Famous Bonfire Party!”
The party itself begins at 6.30pm when a torch lit procession tours through the town. As our tradition dictates, this is led by our bishop of the bonfire, his choirboys and the Society’s effigies (Guy Fawkes, General Wolfe and Anne Boleyn, with her head tucked underneath her arm!).
They will be joined by teams from visiting Sussex bonfire societies, along with many brightly lit carnival floats, costumed walking parties, and marching bands.
Everyone then makes their way to the local Recreation Ground where fairground rides, stalls, and our resident DJ keep everyone amused during Kent’s oldest and best traditional fireworks display. During the show, our two huge 10m tall effigies (Guy Fawkes and the somewhat more recent 20-year tradition of our ‘Celebrity Guy’) are demolished by a mixture of gunpowder and flames.
The site is easily reached by train, walk from either of the two Edenbridge stations.