Don’t miss the Bolsover Lantern Parade

Bolsover Lantern Parade, one of the county’s biggest and brightest family traditions, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Amy Smith, from community arts charity Junction Arts, is this year’s parade coordinator and she is especially excited about reaching the landmark anniversary. 

“Sustaining this event over 25 years is such a wonderful achievement for the town and for Junction Arts. We get to work with an extraordinary community of lantern makers in Bolsover, whose creativity continues to amaze us.

“Rather proudly, I like to think of the event as a magical beast, living quietly in the grounds of Bolsover Castle, only to take flight once a year – revealing its scales, wings and fire – all thanks to the jaw-dropping talent of its lantern makers,” she added.

The festival, on December 1 this year, started out as the Bright Winter Nights Festival and Lantern Parade in 1994 and has since become a cultural tradition with the original youngsters involved now passing on the fun to their own children. 

The event starts with lantern making workshops run by Junction Arts during November and culminates in a magical procession starting from Bolsover Castle and parading around the town. 

The night then ends with a brass band and seasonal carol concert by the Cenotaph in the Market Square.

In recent years, Junction Arts has raised funds for artistic commissions and a lantern competition for the parade. 

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Click on the link below to watch a short video of a previous event and see some of the fantastic lanterns that have been created in the past.