Rotherfield Roads will be shut from 7 pm - 11 pm on 24th September


This years carnival is Saturday 24th September 2022

This Saturday is our Bonfire Carnival – and very excited we are too!

Here are a few key things for you…so please read the following...

Buy our programme for ALL key details relating to the day and information on road closures etc (which take place 7-11pm).

You can buy these from the following local businesses, whom we thank greatly for supporting us: Kings Arms Rotherfield, Katharine Jennings Fine Art, Lox of Rotherfield-hair design, The Catts Inn, Rotherfield Stores, The Courtyard, Cuckoo Line Stores, Rotherfield St Martin, and Mark Cross Community Centre.

Buying our programme gives you a free ticket (or family pass) for our daytime Vintage Bus Rides – all details within the programme.

Afternoon Fair – Village Hall from 1.30pm

Children's Fancy Dress: register by 2.15pm at the Bonfire Stall. Judging at 3pm (info in programme).

2 amazing raffles to enter!

WIN a barrow of drink (sponsored by FULL storey )

WIN one of a number of prizes in our second raffle – these include a 1:1 Company of Critters session, or a Reflexology Taster Session! Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Bonfire Society Stall and the raffles will be drawn at 3.30pm in the hall.

We have refreshments, animal encounters, craft stalls and more. Plus, you can visit an array of vintage vehicles at Kennedy’s!

Please remember that most things will be cash only, so please be prepared.

EVENING from 7pm

We welcome back Bloco Fogo to the Square for some drumming entertainment. Then we have our amazing torchlit procession and will finish the evening with a spectacular Firework Display, from our friends at Wizard Fireworks Ltd, up at the bonfire site by Milk Lodge Lay-by.

We are FUNDRAISING in our street collection for 3 amazing local causes – Argos Hill Windmill, Sussex Search & Rescue, and The Friendship Group.

PLEASE bring along cash to donate to our charity bucket collectors on the evening as these causes really need our help and we want to raise as much as possible for them.

You can find details on the above and much more, including the Bonfire Carnival Safety Rules, within our programme.

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Road Closure, Manned Barriers and Diversion Route

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Bonfire event for the local community in place of our usual Bonfire Carnival. 


10 min firework display between 20.00-20.30 hrs. 




A professional team are running the display, so let's minimise home fireworks and instead enjoy a safe Bonfire night with your local Bonfire Society.


Bonfire Carnival WILL return in 2022!

Our Lockdown Fundraising Campaign


Mobile Street Disco - How we started

The National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal


Our society wanted to do something to support the national efforts in combatting the worldwide pandemic of Covid 19. 

We came up with the idea of a mobile disco, operating locally whilst exercising social distancing. It proved to be a complete hit and we are now planning further village disco schedules due to popular demand.

Through our JustGiving page and over the course of three disco events the generous community of Rotherfield & Mark. Cross raised a grand total of £2775.76 including gift aid. The Appeal has now ended and therefore the page is subsequently closed down and a new cause has been selected for our future disco events.

The funds raised were donated to the National Emergencies Trust (NET) who launched a fundraising appeal to help those most affected by the recent coronavirus outbreak in the UK. 

The NET works collaboratively with a wide range of organisations to ensure the maximum amount of money is raised and distributed securely, effectively and fairly to those organisations and local charities who can do the most to help those in need.

All of this has been made possible thanks to the generosity of Darren Mitchell from Siteseal providing a van and happily driving to all locations; The Kings Arms, Rotherfield, for providing the PA System and disco lights; and Coppards for supplying us with a generator.

Watch the videos below of our mobile street disco and see the local community enjoying a party on their doorstep.

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Keeping our spirits up in these challenging times is imperative. The mental health of people in all demographics of the community can be affected due to the effects of social isolation. We wanted to present an opportunity for people to release some of the stresses and frustrations that we are all experiencing.


The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and the support given by the local community and groups in the area absolutely commendable.

2nd Street Disco Dance Compilation

It wasn't long before the local press picked up on our efforts. We were contacted by BBC Sussex Radio to tell the world what we have been doing.


Kim Paterson, Marketing & Social Media Officer for RMCBS delivered an excellent interview. 

The 3rd Mobile Disco 

Keep up to date with any changes by visiting our facebook page

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The 4th Mobile 40's Disco 

The 5th and Final Mobile Disco 

Annual Events

We hold an AGM every year and welcome any member of the local community to attend and share their ideas with the committee. If you feel you have something to offer or would like to see how you can help by joining the society or committee, then we welcome your approach.

Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Society Carnival 

Our carnival is part of a season of carnivals and bonfire processions across Sussex & Kent. The procession is made up of members of Rotherfield & Mark Cross Bonfire Society and other visiting bonfire societies, drumming bands and musicians, as well as colourful and musical floats by local community groups, schools, and businesses.

Witness a huge firework finale, led by a torchlight procession. We have food stalls, music, and lasers - it is a spectacle not be missed, with people traveling from all over the country to gather with their families and friends to join in the festival atmosphere that encompasses the village.

Rotherfield Carnival 2020 - Cancelled

Lighting the Beacon

Mannequin Challenge

Christmas Carol Concert

Bell Ringers

Something for everyone, for generations to come...

Although our events are fundraising focused, our main motivation is to provide an arena for all generations to be involved. Our Easter Egg Hunt, Fancy Dress and Easter Bonnet Competition is a perfect example of one of our thriving family events which have become a tradition within the village. A chance for the younger community to have some fun and the elders to have a piece of cake, a cuppa, and a chat.

Easter Egg Hunt & Entertainment - 10th April 2020

Rotherfield Recreation Ground