Bonfire and Fireworks 2023

Weather permitting, this will be on the 4th November. Torchlight procession, huge bonfire, spectacular fireworks.

Crowd watching the Hadlow Down fireworks

Timetable Of Events

Time Details
18:00 Gates open to the public for Bar and BBQ
19:15 Procession starts to form up outside the New Inn
19:30 Torchlit procession departs the New Inn
and proceeds down Hut Lane and then right
along the footpath to Waghorns Lane.
Turning left into Waghorns Lane, the procession
will turn right into School Lane and proceed
to the entrance of the Playing Field.
19:45 The Traditional Cry will be recited and
torches cast into the bonfire
20:45 Firework finale commences
(duration not exceeding 10 min)
23:00 Bar closes and the site is secured for the night

All times are approximate and subject to change.

Very Important Safety Information

  • No children under the age of 16 are permitted to carry torches.
  • Do not carry small children on your shoulders if you are a torch bearer.
  • Wear appropriate flame retardant clothing.
  • Sturdy waterproof footwear is advisable.
  • No animals are permitted at the Playing Field or as part of the procession.
  • Observe the Marshal's instructions at all times.

Bring a torch (one of those modern battery-powered things - not fire!) for your journey home.

There is NO PARKING at the Playing Field, Where possible leave your car at home. Do not park on the pavement in School Lane, This restricts pedistrian access.

Please Give Generously

We look forward to a happy and successful evening and we do look ask that you please give generously in the collection buckets. Your contributions are really important for the upkeep and running of our lovely Playing Field.

New Village Hall Survey - Results

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The results are in! 8 out 10 respondents to our village survey are in support of building a new Village Hall and Sports Pavilion at the Playing Field. For the full details see:

Indian Pop-up Dining at the Pavilion

Friday 15th September saw our last Pop-Up of the season. 28 diners somehow crammed into the pavilion.

The Pavilion after dark - Indian pop-up

A very enjoyable evening with popadoms and pickles, a tasty chicken dopiaza with red lentil dal and brinjal baji. Followed by sweet gulab jamons and ice cream.

Missed it? You missed a treat!

Thank you to Julian and Clara for the making and all the others who helped on the day and throughout the summer.

Hopefully we will do it all again next summer. We look forward to seeing you then!


Thanks to funds raised by Peter Smythe doing a marathon (on his treadmill), plus extra donations from villagers, friends and family and an additional contribution from Sussex Police, Hadlow Down now has an automatic defibrillator at the Playing Field. Together with the device at the Village Hall, Hadlow Down now has two defibrillators in the village.

East Sussex Ambulance Service knows the exact location of this device and the door lock code. In an emergency always call 999 first, ask for ambulance, explain the situation and your location. Instructions will be given.


This defibrillator is available 24/7 and can be used by anyone, not just users of the playing field. So if you live nearby, get to know exactly where it is - just in case of that unlikely emergency!

Playing Field Privacy Policy

As an organisation, we don't actually keep any of your personal information. We don't send out unsolicited emails or have a mailing list. This website does not use "cookies" or have trackers, google analytics or any other nastyness. But despite all that, we are preparing some kind of privacy statement for the GDPR regulations that will be better than this one:


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