.... Gunpowder, treason and plot!!!!
Battle holds the oldest bonfire night in the country - A massive do with one of the most amazing display of fireworks I think I have seen. As stunning as the firework displays are, it seems like a real waste of money to celebrate something that happened over 400 years ago and holds no relevance today - but it's so deeply entrenched in local tradition nothing will change it now!
Battle Bonfire Boyes are the oldest bonfire society in the country with records showing that the first celebration of the execution of Guy Fawkes after his failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament over 400 years ago, was held in 1686.The display in Battle tonight cost over £12,000 - (a lot of money just to send up in smoke, but there we are).
On the night of the bonfire various groups of Bonfire Boyes from around the country come to Battle and hold a procession through the town with flaming torches and drums and a variety of costumes and are met the field at the back of the Abbey by the huge awaiting crowd. They light the bonfire and later the really quite impressive fireworks display takes place. The whole evening is free to visitors but they will be asked for a donation on exiting the field.
Check the website for more history and information about the Story of Guy Fawkes and the 5th November.
This warm friendly pub on Battle High Street is a great place for meeting up with friends and having a drink or a meal. They do a really good choice of food here, the menu is varied and frequently changes so pop in if you are visiting the town. They also do vegetarian options - the veggie sausage and mash dinner at £6.95 is particularly fabulous!