• Light Festival
  • Lantern Making Workshop
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The Festival of Light

If you have attended a lantern workshop and would like to take part in the procession, please book your tickets with your priority code.

The Festival of Light returns to Newbury in its traditional format this year, inviting participants of all ages to walk together with candlelit lanterns illuminating the winter night.

Transforming Newbury town centre into a twinkling wonderland, the procession will travel along Northbrook Street before arriving in the Market Place with live music and festive atmosphere.

In the run up to the event we will be offering lantern making workshops with schools, community groups and the general public.

This year, in order to monitor capacity and to get in touch with participants directly regarding any changes to Government Covid Guidelines, we are asking every lantern bearer to book their place in the procession.

Lantern bearer tickets are currently only available to customers who have attended our lantern workshops. If you are taking part in one of our lantern workshops at 101 Creation Space or through your primary school, you will be given a priority code to book your space to take part in the procession. You will receive this code once you have attended a workshop.

For anybody else who would like to attend the event we will be releasing additional procession places and general attendance tickets during the first week of December - watch this space!

Part of the Corn Exchange’s annual programme of outdoor arts, the Festival of Light is presented by the Corn Exchange and 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space and funded by Greenham Trust and Arts Council England.

Duration: Procession starts at 6pm (candle fitting from 5pm)

Arrival & Candles
In order to safety check each of the lanterns and fit them with a candle we would like you to arrive between 5pm and 6pm outside the Newbury Methodist Church on Northbrook Street.

The Route

After you have had a candle fitted and lit you will line-up in the procession along Northbrook Street and at 6pm you will walk together into the Market Place.

Audience

This event is suitable for all ages.

Covid-19
This event will take place in accordance with the latest government regulations.

Accessibility
The route is accessible to wheelchair users. Please let us know if you have any specific accessibility requirements by emailing us at talktous@cornexchangenew.co.uk

Additional Info

The Festival of Light
is an outdoor event so please dress sensibly for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Come and create your very own lantern for the lantern procession, Festival of Light.

Work with professional Lantern-makers to create either a traditional pyramid Lantern out of willow and paper, or a design of your choice ready to carry in our Festival of Light procession!

These workshops are a great chance to get really involved in one of our biggest annual events, so come along and join in with the creative fun. You'll also receive an invitation to the Parade and instructions on how to further decorate your Lantern at home if you would like.

Standard pyramid lanterns take between 1 and 2 hours to make, and we ask that you are able to take your Lantern away with you at the end of the workshop as we are unable to store them.

By attending this workshop you will automatically be given priority to book your place for the lantern procession on Sunday 12 December. You will not receive the code until you have attended the workshop. Once you have received the code you can click here to book your ticket for Festival of Light.

For anybody else who would like to attend the event we will be releasing additional procession places and general attendance tickets during the first week of December.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dates and times

Sat 27 & Sun 28 Nov & Sat 4 Sun & 5 Dec

10am-12pm

1pm-3pm

4pm-6pm

Come and create your very own lantern for the lantern procession, Festival of Light.

Take part in this challenging and ambitious lantern making session with professional lantern makers at 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space and work towards a giant lantern for this year’s Festival of Light.

By attending this workshop you will automatically be given priority to book your place for the lantern procession on Sunday 12 December. You will not receive the code until you have attended the workshop. Once you have received the code you can click here to book your ticket for Festival of Light.

For anybody else who would like to attend the event we will be releasing additional procession places and general attendance tickets during the first week of December.

All children must be accompanied by an adult