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Burning the Clocks

Brighton, Sussex

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On the 21st December, each year since it started in 1993, Brighton celebrates the Winter Solstice, shortest day of the year, with an event called 'Burning the Clocks'.

The celebration includes a procession of lanterns and costumes lit from within, and makes its way through the centre of Brighton from New Road to Madeira Drive on the seafront.  It culminates in a lantern bonfire, accompanied by fireworks.

The procession is lead by local bands with a carnival atmosphere and the costumes all have to include a clockface to represent the passing of time, although each year there is a slight change of theme. The lanterns,  made from withies (willow canes) and white tissue paper, are made by those taking part in from kits purchased beforehand and made in their homes or at workshops during the day and are unique to the individual who made it  ranging in all different shapes and sizes, but ultimately they all end up on the bonfire.

It attracts at least 200 participants and an audience of around 10-15,000 visitors each year.

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Location: Burning the Clocks, Brighton, Sussex

Grid Reference: TQ310040 Ceremonial County: Sussex

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Getting there: Follow the A23 into Brighton on the Sussex Coast

Website: www.burningtheclocks.co.uk
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Email: info@burningtheclocks.co.uk
Postcode: BN1 Telephone: 01273 571106
Opening Times: Starts at 6.30pm

Charges: Free

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