Dedicated volunteers are making sure that the Island’s lantern parades happen this Christmas, despite cuts in funding. We have managed to find details on a few planned parades but if you have info on any more please let us know.
Ventnor Lantern Parade – Thursday December 15th from the Youth Centre Car Park at 5.45pm
Ventnor Lantern Parade is on Thursday, 15th December and starts from the Youth Centre car park in Market Street at 5.45pm. It will go around the town and finish at the park for ‘Carols in the Park’ at 6.30pmwhere there will be singing led by the Bonchurch Village Singers and mulled wine, mince pies and Father Christmas courtesy of Ventnor Enhancement Fund. Ventnor Queens’ Carnival Float will be leading the parade this year and the route is: Market Street, Albert Street, Pier Street, High Street, Victoria Street, Dudley Road, Pier Street, Church Street, Belgrave Road, Park Road and into the park.
Those wishing to make a lantern and join in the parade in Ventnor can join the classes being run in The Youth Centre, Victoria street, on Saturday December 3rd and 10th from 11am till 3pm. You don’t need any previous experience and the cost to produce a beautiful withy and tissue paper lantern, with battery LED, is only £4, or £8 for a giant lantern. Once session is sufficient to produce a lantern although you may have a more ambitious design that will take two sessions – previous years have seen some amazing creations as you can see in these photographs.
Adults and children are welcome but the organisers request no unaccompanied children under 12. You do not need to book but for more details call Alison on 07807 370179.
West Wight Lantern Parades on December 9th at 5pm from Colwell Common ending at St Saviours Church, and 10th in Yarmouth at 5.30pm ending in Yarmouth Square for Carols in the Square .
Giant Lantern workshops are being arranged in the West Wight on Wednesday November 23rd, Wednesday November 30th and Wednesday December 7th from 6.30pm till 8.30pm at the West Wight Youth Centre. Again there is no need to have any previous experience and everyone will be making a giant lantern and the cost is completely FREE. You can attend as many classes as you need to complete your lantern and sessions are open to adults and over 7s, but the no under 12s without an adult rule applies too.
Niton Lantern Parade – Friday December 2nd at 6.30pm from the Methodist Hall.
Classes to make lanterns for the Niton parade have already started and run on every Tuesday night throughout November at the Methodist Hall from 6.30pm until 9pm. One of the longest established lantern parades at eight years the cost is only £2.50 to make a lantern and classes are open to all, especially those in Niton and the surrounding villages such as Whitwell.
On Friday December 2nd the parade circumnavigates the town, losing a few in the White Lion on the way, and on to the Parish Church up the hill for a carol service. Afterwards everyone walks back down the hill to the post office/café where there are refreshments for all.