Lantern Parade is climax to New Mills Festival

The climax of the New Mills Festival is the spectacular lantern parade featuring fire performers and drummers in the gorge below the town.

The theme for the festival this year is inventions, so from September 9-25, there are plenty of opportunities to get creative, learn new skills or just sit back and be entertained.

Kicking things off is Lucy Spraggan, who will perform her unique acoustic folk  storytelling in New Mills Art Theatre after her sell-out national tour.

New Mills Arts Trail promises to be full of surprises, with more than 150 artists displayed in windows, nooks and crannies all around the town.

Fresh from Banksy’s Dismaland, Jimmy Cauty’s Aftermath Dislocation Principle will form part of the trail, offering a thought provoking view through a peephole.

The Art Trail Big Weekend from September 23-25, will see artists and venues across the town open their doors to host pop-up exhibitions, open studios, workshops, demonstrations and arts and crafts markets.

There’s plenty to keep young visitors and families entertained. Try your hand as an inventor with Ian Russell and his Exploding Custard experiments, track down a secret location for an evening of storytelling, get constructive with cakes and pop up laboratories or help fill High Lea Park with bubbles. With more than 50 events to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

The lantern parade on September 24 will be followed by a street party, with entertainment and food from all around the world.

Bringing the festival to a rousing close are Patch and the Giant, who will fill the Town Hall with their alternative folk. See the music pages for details.

Full details of all the events, printable Art Trail maps, Festival Programmes and dates and times for lantern making workshops, if you want to make your own, can be found at