The Winter Lantern Parade is an annual event organised by CREATE. Please help us raise the funds for this year's Parade!

Tunbridge Wells 10th Anniversary

 Winter Lantern Parade 2016 

The Winter Lantern Parade is an annual event organised by CREATE (Camden Road Education Arts and Theatre Enterprise). It takes place along Camden Road in Tunbridge Wells and involves as many people as possible in lantern design and making, music and parading.

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the parade. Each year there is a theme, for 2016 the theme is Go Wild and will be taking place on Saturday 30th January (reserve date Saturday 13th Feb).

After losing our long running funding from the Town & Country Foundation, we are looking for £1,500 towards such necessities as the road closures, insurances and materials for lantern-making workshops. 

The planning, lantern-making and parade itself involves hundreds of people and volunteers.

Please help us raise the funds for this year's Parade so we can continue bringing people together through lantern-making and parading to celebrate life in our town.  

(Video taken by Andrew Norris)  

The Parade's History

On the lower part of Camden Road, beyond the traffic lights, there are no Christmas lights so in 2006 a group of local people (already involved in the community play'The Vanishing Elephant' ) got together to organise the first parade of light from the town centre down the full length of Camden Road. It became an annual event funded and organised by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

Three years ago funding for the event was cut and more recently in 2015, our long running grant was axed so we are now organizing the parade ourselves with the support of generous companies and people like you.

What started as a fundraising event for a community theatre production has now become a staple part of the Tunbridge Wells community events calendar.

On Saturday 30th January (reserve date Saturday 13th Feb), as night falls, the Parade will gather outside the Library and make its way along Monson, Camden and Quarry Roads to St Barnabas' Primary School for more music and refreshments in celebration of the parade's 10th anniversary. Many of the traders along the way stay open and join in the fun.

For photos of the Lantern Parade in December 2008, click here or visit our Facebook page (see link at the side of the page).

More photos of the festival can be found here. Thank you to David Hodgkinson.

How to donate

Just click on your chosen pledge or click on the 'Pledge' Button on the right-hand side, choose your donation amount & reward and there will then be the option to donate via Debit or Credit card.  If you prefer to contribute in cash please contact us at support@winterlanterns.org - your donation can still be added to our online donations total. 

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you are not able to make a donation, you can still help us light up the town in January 2016. 

Come along to a Lantern-making Workshop, run your own Lantern-making Workshop, act as a Voluntary Parade Steward on the day (training provided), spread the word about the Parade and about this fund-raising campaign - please share a link to this page. 

For details of Workshop dates and how to volunteer, please email support@winterlanterns.org or go to our website www.winterlanterns.org