Workshops for lanterns begin on Saturday

Last year's Lamplighter Parade, Picture by by Darren Fleming
Last year's Lamplighter Parade, Picture by by Darren Fleming

Lantern making workshops start this weekend for the spectacular Lamplighter Festival, which is set to light up the streets of Todmorden next month.

If you’d like to part of the light and fire extravaganza in Todmorden on December 6, get along to the open lantern-making workshops which will be held at the Unitarian Church in Honey Hole Road, Todmorden on November 22 and 23 from 1pm to 3pm, on November 26 4pm to 6pm, on November 29 and 30 1-3pm and on December 3 from 4pm to 6pm.

Entrance is by a suggested donation of £5 per lantern and all children under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult.

The Lamplighter Festival takes to the streets of Todmorden on December 6, with the lantern parade kicking off proceedings at 6pm and a host of fire shows, illuminated installations and street theatre taking place from 7pm to 9pm.

The event is being organised and produced by Handmade Parade, whose Chair Linda Green said: “It’s going to be a fantastic evening and we’d like to say a huge thank you to Todmorden Town Council, Calderdale Council and Arts Council England for supporting this event. “All we need now is for the Calder Valley community to get behind it, come and make loads of amazing lanterns and enjoy the spectacle on December 6.”

This year’s Lamplighter highlights include fire shows by Flame Oz, music from Mr Wilson’s Secondliners, Handmade Samba and Dhamak, illuminated installations by Spacecadets and giant flaming sculptural flowers by Walk the Plank.

The night will also feature the world premiere of a new interactive street show by Frolicked called “Rat Race” featuring a giant cheese, performances by Todmorden Belly Dance and guest giant lantern puppets from Liverpool’s Lantern Company.

New this year will be a Christmas Night Market showcasing handmade gift ideas local artists, craftspeople, local food producers and local market favourites.