Free lantern-making workshops

Free lantern making workshops will be taking place in Worksop and Retford in preparation for this year’s Illuminate Parade, which celebrates the region's important connections to the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims.

Children and adults will be able to make their own lanterns at four dedicated workshops over the next three weeks, and then encouraged show off their creations in the annual Illuminate Lantern Parade on Tuesday 21 November.

This year will see the third annual Illuminate Festival take place in Retford, and as part of the range of events taking place, the Lantern Parade was made possible thanks to a grant of almost £15K from Arts Council England.

Cllr Jo White, Deputy Leader at Bassetlaw District Council, said; “I’m delighted that Arts Council England has recognised the potential of the events that will build up to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims in 2020.

“The grant has enabled us to commission some very experienced artists to work in schools and in the public workshops to create the lanterns for the parade. I’m sure the children taking part are going to be very inspired and I look forward to seeing the results in November.”

Lantern making workshops will be held at the following locations:

Tuesday 24th October - Aurora Centre, Worksop, 10am to 4pm

Friday 27th October - Bassetlaw Museum, 10am to 4pm

Saturday 11th November - Grove Street Methodist Church, Retford, 10am to 4pm

Sunday 12th November - Grove Street Methodist Church, Retford, 12noon to 4pm.

Even if you are not able to attend one of the free lantern making workshops, members of the public are invited to join children from six different schools and attend the parade that will start on Carolgate at 5pm on Tuesday 21 November and end on the Market Square.

Published: Monday 23 October 2017