May Fayre

It’s Southover Bonfire Society’s 13th year of fun for all the family and this year we have some fabulous new attractions joining our favourites. Come on over to Lewes Priory Park on 11 and 12 May from 11am to 5pm both days and enjoy our bonkers games to test your skills with swede rolling, splatting rats and wet stocks.

While you’re with us, take part in treasure island, try your luck on our fab tombola, stock up at the flourishing plant stall and enjoy plenty of opportunities to win some great prizes.

And don’t forget to bring your pawfect pooches in our Medieval Mutts dog shows on Sunday from 12 noon.

See you there!


Final badge night 2023

Our wonderful Barrels team work so hard at Bonfire and it’s much appreciated. Photo copyright of Ian Cumming. Photos can be purchased from website. Any problems or questions, please contact

Deadline for members!

Our final Badge Night is this Friday (Nov 3) from 6pm-8pm at our HQ The Swan. That will be the last opportunity to get your Membership Card updated with this year’s sticker and pick up your 2023 Badge if you want to participate in the big night. Please bring your Membership Card with you. If you can’t find it, then you will need to pay for a replacement and get a temp card. In either case, you will also have had to renew your membership online in advance of Badge Night by following this link:

You need both your 2023 updated Membership Card and 2023 Badge with you in order to process on Bonfire Night. Marshals are checking and you will be asked to leave the procession if you don’t have both of these with you. You will also be denied access to the firesite and fireworks. Any queries, please contact

Plus, even if you are all sorted, our final Badge Night is a great event. We’ve restocked our merchandise and clothing stalls so all those last-minute purchases can be made. Once our Badge Night has shut up shop, there is also the opportunity to join your fellow Bonfire buddies at The King’s Head from 8.30pm for some more banter etc. There won’t be any membership renewals, merch or clothing stalls available at The King’s Head.


SBS Firesite Tickets

Firesite tickets are now available to buy at £10 each from The King’s Head, The Swan, Lewes Tourist Information Office and St Pancras Stores. Snap yours up for friends and family. You can also buy our programmes at the same venues. If you are a paid up member of SBS, you get free access to the firesite on the night as long as you have your up to date Membership Card and 2023 Badge with you. Photo courtesy of James McCauley.


Priory by Candlelight

Lewes Priory by Candlelight – Southover Bonfire Society presents the magical Lewes Priory by Candlelight. The ruins of the Priory of St Pancras will be lit by thousands of candles in the evening as darkness falls. Come and enjoy this magical event with entertainment throughout the evening from choirs, food stalls and bar. Admission on the gates or in advance from Eventbrite. Adults: £5 , 5-17 years old: £2.50, under 5 years: free. Last admission 9pm. Event postponed to Saturday 16th September if wet.


Southover Open Gardens blooms again!

Southover Open Gardens is back and blooming again for 2023 with a trail of secret gardens to explore in Lewes on Sunday June 11 from 2pm – 5pm. The event is hosted by us, Southover Bonfire Society, and is raising funds to buy some of the fireworks Lewes is famous for. There are a wide range of gardens to see, including several new ones: from large traditional English spaces to those that are smaller, or with a more contemporary feel.

Entry is by ticket only at £5 per person, kids under 16 go free.

STOP PRESS: Our advanced online ticket portal is now closed as of June 8. Anyone who has purchased an online ticket will receive their map by email from June 9.

The great news is you can still buy paper tickets for this Sunday June 11, 2pm-5pm, £5 per adult, kids under 16 go free) from:

The Swan Pub, 30 Southover High Street, Lewes, BN7 1HU; The King’s Head, 9 Southover High Street, Lewes, BN7 1HS; St Pancras Stores, Barber Court, St Pancras Road, Lewes, BN7 1JQ (open all week but only from 7.30am-1.30pm on Sundays); Lewes Tourist Information, 187 High Street, Lewes, BN7 2DE (open Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10am-3pm, closed Sundays).

On the day itself, we plan to have two ticket sales points from 1.30pm until 4pm at the bottom of Keere Street and outside The Swan pub.

At the event, we kindly ask people to either have their printed ticket or have their electronic version showing on their phones to gain entry.

More info about Southover Open Gardens can be found on our Facebook page:

The Southover Open Gardens event email is:


May Fayre magic at The Priory

Get your kirtles and surcoats on, people. Yes we are back again hosting our fantastic Feast of St Pancras May Fayre which returns to Lewes Priory Park on Saturday and Sunday May 13 & 14 2023, 12 noon – 5pm both days. It’s Southover Bonfire Society’s 12th year of fun for all the family and this year we have some fabulous new attractions joining our favourites – including the chance to parade your pawfect pooches in not one but two Medieval Mutts dog shows! We are also very lucky to have green-fingered gardening writer, Ciar Byrne, on hand to help you with all questions of a herbaceous variety.

Plus we have our usual line up of bonkers games to test your skills featuring rolling swedes, splatting rats and very moist wet stocks to pop your nearest and dearest in.

And let’s not forget a treasure island, fab tombola, a flourishing plant stall and plenty of opportunities to win some great prizes. We’ve also got an ale and hearty bar, wood fired pizzas and stalls with other delicious and hard-to-resist culinary delights. What’s more it’s also going to be another biggie this year with hundreds of re-enactors recreating the Battle of Lewes on the streets of our town so there’s plenty of action of the armour-suited variety taking place over the two days.

What’s not to love?

Feel free to dress up in medieval garb for this brilliant family event. Entry is absolutely free. Entry via Cockshut Road, Southover, Lewes, BN7 1HP. Close to Lewes railway station too. More info via email:

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Get your 2022 firesite tickets and programmes

Our 2022 bumper Bonfire-bursting bedtime read – the SBS Bonfire Programme – is out and hot off the pyro press at just £3 per copy. On sale at Lewes Tourist Information Centre, The Swan Inn and St Pancras Stores – plus door to door thanks to our lovely SBS volunteer sellers. You can also pick up our limited edition firesite tickets at the same venues at £10 each. If you are a paid up member of SBS, you get free access to the firesite on the night as long as you have your up to date Membership Card and 2022 Badge with you. But, if you have friends and family who aren’t members, you need to buy your tickets quickly as there is a limited supply!