Mayfield Bonfire and Carnival 2011

Times, travel, parking and procession (parade!) information for Mayfield Bonfire 2011


With the two bonfire procession down, on Saturday, 17th September 2011 the focus turns to the small village of Mayfield, between Heathfield and Tunbridge Wells.

Events in the village start early in the day, with a street market from 12:30-3:30pm in the village centre and at 3:15 the children of the society and village take part in their own procession from the Royal Oak to the War Memorial at St Dunstan’s Church in the village.

If you’re looking for something to do earlier in the day, then take a trip to the Congregational Church in the village, in Station Road near the junction with Rotherfield Road, where you will find a memorial in the courtyard to the six martyrs of Mayfield (and one of Rotherfield) who were burned near this location in the persecutions of Bloody Mary. But more of that when we visit Lewes on the 5th!

The main events of the evening kick off at 6:45, with the laying of a wreath at the War Memorial, followed by the crowning of the Bonfire Princess, who, I am reliably informed, will not be burnt on the fire (there isn’t one!)….

At 7:30 the first procession heads from West Street to the Rose and Crown, where “refreshments” will surely be served. At 8:20 we move off to Stone Cross, via South Street before forming up again at 9:15 to head from Stone Cross to Nat West. After this short procession the final “grand” procession heads from the Natwest to the Memorial Hall, before fireworks at 10:15pm in Court Meadow!

Parking in small villages can be a nightmare, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time, or you will be in for a bit of a hike. Make sure you park with consideration, the lanes can become very congested and emergency vehicles still need access, as do locals.

Remember – Mayfield is a small and remote village with no station and can become very congested. The discharging of fireworks is not welcome in this procession and the local police will be backed up with reinforcements from around the County, so don’t try it!

Support the society and community by only buying merchandise and food from authorised retailers. The society have confirmed they have organised their own bar and food stall and are asking everyone to support it – last year it was very conspicuous in the middle of the village street – good value beer at £2.50/£3 a pint!  Programmes are on sale in the village with the full information!

 12:30-3:30pm  Street Market in the High Street
 3:15pm  Children’s Fancy Dress Procession (from the Royal Oak to the Memorial Hall)
 7:00pm  Ceremonial Laying of the Wreath (procession around 6:45pm)
 7:30pm  First Procession – West Street to Rose and Crown
 8:20pm  Second Procession – Rose and Crown to Stone Cross
 9:15pm  Third Procession – Stone Cross to Natwest Bank
 9:30pm  Grand Procession – Natwest bank to Memorial Hall
 10:15  Grand Aerial Fireworks Display

By car follow the A267 from Tunbridge Wells towards Heathfield or the A267 from Heathfield to Tunbridge Wells.

From the coast the best route is to Lewes and then take the A26 towards Uckfield, fork right to Ringmer on the B2192, follow the B2192 over the A22 at Halland and then after about four miles take the left hand fork just before Cross-in-Hand for Tunbridge Wells (A267) along the “Mayfield Flat” then follow the A267!

The official website can be found here!

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