The judging of the displays was by 50% audience vote and 50% judging panel. The panel of 4 judges was made up of individuals from both a professional and non-professional background, with no association with any of the bonfire societies.

The criteria for judging was as follows:

    • use of material (10%)

    • rhythm of display (10%)

    • use of colour and effects (10%)

    • overall artistic impression (10%)

    • compliance (10%)

2018 Results

Battel Bonfire

Judges score: 31.75%

Audience score: 39.30%

Total score: 71.05%


Good use of material, colourful display, great finale with drama and loud noise.

Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society

Judges score: 33.80%

Audience score: 31.00%

Total score: 64.80%


Emotional display, clever rhythm, well spaced out, great finale, entertaining show.

Lewes Borough Bonfire Society

Judges score: 30.75%

Audience score: 29.70%

Total score: 60.45%


Compact design, some wonderful individual tableaux, good colour and finale.