Rusthall Bonfire Night

Rusthall Bonfire Night

David Hodgkinson

Fireworks & Bonfire Night

Traditional processions, fireworks and bonfires are top of the bill in Tunbridge Wells’ parks and villages throughout October and November.

The official Guy Fawkes Night date is 5 November but we like to make the fun last!

The best fireworks and Guy Fawkes' bonfires in Tunbridge Wells

Rusthall Village likes to get in there early with its annual torch-lit procession, bonfire and fireworks display at the end of October.

The whole village joins in to make this a successful community night, usually starting from 7pm. There is music and majorettes, all Free! Come on Saturday 27 October and see what a Kent village gets up to at night!

Warm up with hot chocolate and toffee apples from nearby local stores and cafés. The odd toffee apple might even have been grown in Kent.

The Hop Farm in Paddock Wood has two firework displays on Friday 26 October and Saturday 27 October - book your tickets online for a cheaper deal. Tickets are available on the gate too. Paddock Wood is roughly 10 miles north east of Royal Tunbridge Wells in the Low Weald of Kent.

The Dunorlan Park Firework Display has a wow factor of its own. This is held in one of our award winning parks just 20 minutes’ walk from the town centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Organised by the Round Table for Saturday 3 November, this is a big bang for Royal Tunbridge Wells, so you must get your ticket early. Proceeds go to charity too.

Lamberhurst out in the countryside has a Bonfire Society which organises its annual Bonfire and Fireworks' Night on the Chequers Field.  A free family event, come along and join in.

Torch-lit processions and traditional celebrations

Hawkhurst in the south-east of the borough holds a torch-lit procession through the village for Guy Fawkes’ celebrations every year at the end of November. 

This is a quirky traditional event on 24 November capturing the mystery of smuggling history and not to be missed in the wilds of the Weald of Kent countryside.

The Hawkhurst Bonfire Gang Society does the rounds of the Bonfire processions in this region.  They come dressed as smugglers and vagabonds to provide a thrilling, not to mention smoky, atmosphere.

Afterwards, enjoy the additional warmth of the local hearty food in the nearby cosy country pubs and restaurants.

Only 7 miles from Royal Tunbridge Wells, the little village of Brenchley will be putting on a public firework display on the cricket field. This annual event will be on Friday 2 November and have a BBQ, soft drinks, hot drinks and a bar AND, a firedancer!

Why not make it a long, cosy weekend in the country?

There are lots of homely pubs and B&Bs to stay and dine in throughout the Wealden countryside, with their own lovely gardens.

Make it a bright holiday spot in the middle of autumn in Tunbridge Wells by booking your accommodation right now.

Check out what else there is to do in Autumn on our page of seasonal ideas. Eye-popping fiery colours are a natural wonder to see at this time of year, especially in the stately homes, castles and gardens, most excitingly at Hole Park and Scotney Castle.

Read one visitor's review of a visit to Scotney Castle in Autumn.

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