New Mills Lantern Procession and Street Party

To make New Mills Lantern Procession and Street Party Finale even bigger and better with entertainment and activities for everyone.

We did it!

On 22nd Aug 2014 we successfully raised £1,043 of £1,000 target with 52 supporters in 28 days

New Mills Festival 2014

12th - 28th September

A two week extravaganza of walks talks, exhibitions concerts, gigs rounded off with a magical lantern parade through the Torrs Gorge and spectacular Street Party.

Last year we raised over £1000 with just 56 backers! What we would like to do this year:

Warble Entertainment wowed the crowd with Simon the fire breather this year with the help of your crowd-funding we would like to have not one, not two but three performers sited around the street to make sure everyone gets to see the spectacular and dazzling performances...

Also…. to go along with all the fantastic entertainment that is back for a second year running...The Bubble Man, African Drumming, Glo-Poi and lots of lovely Food and Drink we really would like to provide more FREE entertainment and participatory activities especially for families. This is where we would like local arts and entertainment production company Babbling Vagabonds to help out… feed the Giant Monsters to help keep them quiet or see what you can find in the The Wonderful Trunk of Fancy Fun.



Who We Are...

Lyn Bannister, Rob Hawkins, Joyce Tinsley, Lisa and Nigel Caldwell, Toby Hardwick, Martin Burton, Odette Rave, Jamie Bartleet, Vince Canning

The festival committee acts as a facilitator and co-ordinator for the dozens of groups, organisations and individuals who take part in the festival. The committee’s three main roles are:

  • Raising funds!
  • Collating, production/distribution and marketing of the festival brochure and other publicity material.
  • The organisation of the lantern procession and street party and the lantern making and fire effect workshops that are held beforehand.

About New Mills Festival 2014

New Mills Festival is a two-week annual celebration of community spirit through a diverse range of cultural activities from talks and walks to concerts, gigs, exhibitions and a spectacular lantern procession in Torrs Gorge, ending in the Town Centre with a Street Party Finale.

The overall aim is to enrich our community experience of, and participation in, different creative activities and to have fun. The festival is organised by a committee that is made up of local artists, producers, business representatives and others who give their skills, time and energy on an entirely voluntary basis to enrich our community life.

The festival has grown enormously over the last three years as a result of our endeavours to promote the event and the town and involve more members of the immediate and surrounding communities. We have increased our online presence and marketing via social media and also a purpose-made (by volunteers) website that has just been relaunched with a spectacular new logo and them by Karl Sinfield – Sindesign.

In 2013 nearly 7000 residents and visitors attended the lantern procession alone with thousands more taking part in the dozens of events organised over the two week period. The benefits to the town in economic and social terms over the entire two-week period are immense. Each year the festival committee works very hard to raise funds to cover the costs that running the festival incurs. Running raffles and staging music events as well as pursuing funding from funding bodies. The community are also extremely generous and our bucket collections during the lantern parade are very productive.

The Street Party - Saturday 27th September

The Street Party began last year as a way of rounding of the procession and for people to meet up with each other in a real party atmosphere. The party provides a focal point and an evening of free entertainment for New Mills community and visitors from much further afield and resulted in one of New Mills’ best ever trading days.

Feedback from the community, visitors, businesses and traders has been exceptional. Many people remarked on the extremely friendly, inclusive and community minded atmosphere that it generated. 

The Party this year will take place in an extended area including Market Street, High Street and Spring Bank with food from all corners of the world, and a multitude of street performances. Visitor numbers are expected to rise from last year’s 7000. We intend (with increased sponsorship) to include more street entertainers and participatory activities. The extra room generated by expanding the road closure, allows us to include not only last year’s fire-eaters and jugglers to more family-oriented acts such as children’s entertainers, a story telling tent and more entertainers.

This year some of our main sponsorship has come from:

Derbyshire Freemasons – printing 17500 full colour A3 brochures

The Co-operative Community Fund – delivery of brochures to 14500 households

Derbyshire Police – Insurance costs for the events

The Beehive Inn – sponsorship of music gig/fund-raiser by The Old Dance School at New Mills Town Hall

Swizzels Matlow - general sponsorship 

….and almost all local businesses in New Mills – general sponsorship

Derbyshire County Council, High Peak Borough Council, New Mills Town Council – all give very generously towards our general sponsorship


Our Rewards….

Love New Mills Mugs - Designed by Karl Sinfield

Lantern Making Workshops

Sponsors Wall Of Fame

£20 Voucher to Spend in One of the following Local Eateries: 

The Royal Oak SOLD

Simply Indian SOLD

Pa Pa Pan Pizza SOLD

The Packhorse  SOLD

The Pride Of The Peaks SOLD


Shamis Saffron SOLD

Shams Spices

Crispy Cod SOLD



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