May Fayre – we need you!


The May Fayre needs your help – we’re recruiting a small army of volunteers who can build, sell, count, carry, fetch, drive, hammer, gather and paint. From setting up the site in the morning to clearing away at the end of the day, an hour of your time would be very much appreciated if you have any at all to spare. If you’d like to get involved and do your bit, let us know what time you can be available on

Many thanks, hope to see you there!

Don’t miss our 10th Feast of St Pancras May Fayre

A decade of medieval magic will be celebrated at the fantastic Feast of St Pancras May Fayre which returns to Lewes Priory Park on Sunday May 20 2018 (so you can enjoy the Royal wedding the day before and still come to the Fayre). It’s Southover Bonfire Society’s 10th year of fun for all the family and this year we have some fabulous new attractions joining our favourites including none other than Attila The Stockbroker and his barnstormers and a pack of huskies to cuddle up to. There’s music and bonkers games to test your skills including smashing crockery, rolling swedes, splatting rats and tossing chickens to win some great prizes. Or if you fancy swinging high in the sky then our popular Victorian swingboats are back again. Princess Aura will tell your fortune, we’ve got storytellers and craftspeople and you can watch fearsome re-enactors Swords of Albion and Spears of Andred show off their battling expertise in the arena. There’s loads of food and drink – from delicious fish and chips and wood fired pizzas to stalls with hard-to-resist culinary delights. Feel free to dress up for the day in medieval garb and look out for the chance to join our march to the Fayre from Lewes town centre. Entry is just £2.50 and kids under 12 go free. The fun takes place from 10.30am until 4pm. Entry via Cockshut Road, Southover, Lewes, BN7 1HP. Close to Lewes railway station too.

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Our Archbishop gets into swede-throwing mode
Our Archbishop gets into swede-throwing mode


bonfire 2017 – relive the experience

Well that was good wasn’t it? A really special bonfire for many – excellent planning and preparation, a Society of committed and experienced members and a touch of good fortune with the weather made 2017 a year to remember. And to make sure it stays fresh in your memory the SBS photographers have produced yet another spectacular crop of photographs from the evening.

Southover Bonfire Society, Lewes, 4th November 2017. Please use the 'Add To Cart' button for all digital and print orders. The 'Download' button is disabled on these galleries. Proceeds go to Southover Bonfire Society (photographers can opt to receive a 50% share if they wish). Prints and digital downloads are available for SBS member's personal use. All images remain © copyright of the individual photographer. Any problems or questions, please contact

Buying photos is a great way to put a bit of money back into the Society, and to give you some fantastic souvenirs or gifts for friends and loved ones. Check the Photos page now to see this years’ selection. With thanks as always to all the photographers on the night, Ian Cumming, Emma Howard, Fergus Kennedy, Nigel Powell, Willie Robb and Hugh Wilton, and to James McCauley for hosting the galleries.

Remembrance 2017

You may remember that last year a cryptic appeal for volunteers was sent out to take part in a Remembrance Sunday event. This year, with more time to plan and greater involvement from others in the town, the event will be going ahead on 12th November. This will be a torchlit procession. Each person in the procession will represent one of the people on the war memorial.


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Open Gardens

Southover Open Gardens, Lewes
Sunday June 11
2.30pm to 5pm (several gardens open until 6pm)

Fancy spending a summer Sunday looking at secret gardens in the historic town of Lewes? Southover’s annual Open Gardens event offers a unique opportunity to do just that. There are a wide range of gardens to see, including several new ones, from large traditional English to small, more modern interpretations. Proceeds go to Southover Bonfire Society’s fireworks funds.

millmore garden
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