Please consider supporting the Bonfire Society all year round with sponsorship, they work hard all year round to make the event work.
All streets on the processional route in Rye town centre will be closed to traffic from approx. 19:30 to 21:30.
Please note that there is no parking on the processional route from approx 16:30.
From approx 16:30, vehicular access to the town will be severely restricted and all vehicles are cleared from the processional route. Any vehicles on the procession route will be removed by recovery trucks.
For car parking, Gibbett Marsh car park is adjacent to the procession start point at Mason Road and situated off the Rye to Battle road B2089 (TN31 7BE).
Please Note – there is disabled parking concession for up to 20 vehicles (Blue Badge holders only) at the east end of what is normally the Coach Park adjacent to Rye Railway Station, approximately 300m from the bonfire site. However, although no specific disabled parking exists in Rother District Council’s Bedford Place car park (opposite Skinners garage on the junction of A259/A268), we advise getting there early enough for a space where a good view is possible without have to move too far with the wheelchair.
The A259 Folkestone – Hastings trunk route will be closed at times between 20:00 and 21:30 to allow the procession and crowds to pass and will be subject to long delays at all other times. Please be aware that is unlikely that you will allowed out of your car park before about 22:30.
Motorists and HGV’s are therefore advised to use the M20/A28 Tenderden – Northiam route from Dover and Folkestone to Hastings and Eastbourne if traveling on the evening of 09 November.
Rye Bonfire Timetable
16:30 – Parking restrictions apply to processional route.
18:30 – Vehicular access restrictions apply.
18:30 – Processional Route to be clear of all vehicles
19:50 – Loud maroon signals the start of the procession from Mason Road, Tilling Green Estate
The route is as follows – Ferry Road to the Crown Inn, turn left into Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, through Landgate Arch, Hilders Cliff (East Cliff) in to High Street, The Mint, turn right into Wish Ward, Cinque Ports Street, Tower Street, left down Landgate, right into Bedford Place and on to the Bonfire site.
20:30 – The Chairing down of Rye Fawkes
20:45 – The Bonfire Lit by Rye Fawkes
21:00 – Grand Fireworks Display
Plans for 2024 are available here
Rye Bonfire Night is always a total success
Footage below is courtesy of Rye’s Own
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Be sure to book your restaurants early and perhaps stay a few days to really enjoy Rye Bay area.
The Winter season in Rye Bay is a lovely time of year with family and friends.
Rye Bonfire Night 2024 is organised by the Rye Bonfire Society who run the Rye Fireworks display.
This hugely popular event draws large crowds it’s popular with both adults and children.
The Fireworks are launched from the far side of the fishing fleet moorings. Good vantage points include the salts, Hilders cliff, the cricket pitch and the back of the Queens pub as well as the Monk Bretton bridge area. Please keep off the bowling green.
Come back for Christmas in Rye and the Rye Bay Scallop Festival in January
The town looks magical in December with our festival day being the 10th of December. Our friends in Tenterden have their Tenterden Christmas Market for 2023 open as usual
For details of the Rye Bonfire night 2024 see http://www.ryebonfire.co.uk/ early bookings recommended at least 20,000 people come to Rye for this event. When booking accommodation in Rye ALWAYS BOOK DIRECT WITH VENUES YOU SAVE AT LEAST 10%
Book your accommodation and the restaurant well in advance. Bring your friends to Rye and have a great time. Most accommodation providers have a two night policy so make a weekend of it.
Other reasons to visit Rye
Weddings, Anniversaries, Private parties short breaks, excellent shops and a great atmosphere