On Thursday the UK celebrated bonfire night (a night to commemorate our government not having been blown up hundreds of years ago) and I had been told that the Lewes bonfire night celebrations were a must see for anyone who lives in the Brighton/Hove area so I grabbed a few of my flatmates and hopped on a train (or rather queued for half an hour to get on a jam packed train) to the nearby town of Lewes. I was not disappointed by the evening.
Lewes is a small, historical town and apparently it is best known for it's crazy bonfire night celebrations. There were parades of fire, firecrackers and canons all evening and thousands of people lined the streets to see them. Once a parade group walked past with 500 firecrackers on a string and set them all off at once which was a slightly blinding/deafening experience but fun nonetheless.
After the parades there was a massive bonfire lit in a field and firework displays all across town. We actually got hot chocolate and gingerbread men from a stall in the street and climbed up the hill to the golf course as there you could watch all the displays at once without having to pay for them. We did sacrifice the warmth of the fire though and so by the time we left I couldn't feel my feet.