WHAT: ULVERSTON LANTERN FESTIVAL 2019
WHY: LANTERN FESTIVAL PARADE INCLUDING FIREWORK FINALE
WHEN: SATURDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019
WHERE: ULVERSTON TOWN CENTRE AND THEN ONTO FORD PARK
COST: FREE ANNUAL COMMUNITY EVENT
This year’s Ulverston Lantern Festival is being held on 14th September 2018 with the theme ‘Fantastical Beasts.
Lantern festivals have been taking place over in China for over two thousand years and the practice is thought to have been started by Emperor Ming of the Han Dynasty.
Today’s Chinese Lantern Festivals are celebrated across China and Asia on the 15th day of the new Chinese Calendar.
The Ulverston Lantern Festival back in blighty has been running since 1983 and goes from strength to strength. If you want to create your own lantern, there are workshops around the area which will show you how to do this. You can collect lantern kits from a number of shops/offices and businesses around the area – just pop along to the town and the folk there are very friendly and will be able to direct you to the nearest stockist. Furthermore, they need volunteers to help in the running of the event so if you can offer your assistance, call them on 07761 930627.
The weather forecast is very good with only a small likelihood of rain so get along and show your support and dig deep for the charities collecting on the day.
They are expecting 5000 visitors to witness the parade of over 600 of these beautiful lit lanterns, which will wend its way from the four corners of the town, converging on the main square, creating a four-way river of light which makes for quite the spectacle.
If you are up in the Lakes and are looking for something to do with your family which is gentle and very hands-on, put the event in your diary.