Uckfield Carnival – Celebrating 190 years
Saturday 2nd September, 2017
The Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society welcome you to attend the towns 190th annual carnival, marking the start of the Sussex Bonfire season 2017. The start of the weekend is marked with a grand fireworks display and funfair in the town centre on Friday 1st September.
On the Saturday afternoon the children of Uckfield parade through the high street in a grand fancy dress procession. Followed by a dazzling torchlight procession in the evening including colourful bonfire costumes, bands and decorated lorries.
The origins of the Uckfield Bonfire & Carnival Society go back to 1827 when shop traders organised a Carnival on a Wednesday afternoon.
Today’s Carnival is organised by a committee of local people from Uckfield and surrounding area. All members can attend meetings to help organise the annual carnival. The Society also has a lot of other help and support from other groups and organisations to stage the event.
During the Bonfire season the Society will visit other towns Bonfire celebrations as well as attending the Guy Fawks Night celebrations in Lewes on November 5th.
‘We burn for charity’
The Uckfield Bonfire Society is a non-profit organisation. All the money collected on the day or raised during the year pays for holding the Carnival. Any money left over is donated to local charities and organisations. This year we donated over £4000 to local charities, youth groups and community organisations in and around Uckfield.