Free lantern making workshops are being held throughout November and in early December ahead of Leamington being lit up by around 1,000 lanterns on the evening of Thursday, December 11.

The first of the many lantern making workshops is being hosted at the Royal Spa Centre on Newbold Terrace on Saturday, November 1st between 10am and 4pm. Further workshops are also taking place at the Royal Spa Centre on November 8, 15 and 22.
There will also be workshops at Warwickshire College’s Leamington campus on Saturday, November 29 and two sessions at the Family Tree Club in Kenilworth Street, Leamington on Sunday, November 30 and Sunday, December 7 – all from 10am until 4pm.

Leamington Art Gallery and Museum in The Royal Pump Rooms will also be hosting a workshop for children up to the age of five on Wednesday, December 3rd from 11am until 1pm.

This year’s Lantern Parade will once again coincide with late night Christmas shopping on Thursday 11 December. Entertainment, including music and stilt walkers, gets underway at 5pm at the Rump Room Gardens, with the procession starting at 5.30pm from the bandstand before making its way up the Parade while accompanied by local singers.

The parade will culminate with Christmas carols around the Tree of Light at the Town Hall and a chance to meet some real reindeer!

Stephanie Kerr, from organisers BID Leamington, is looking forward to bringing people together at the lantern workshops ahead of the spectacular main event.

“The workshops and the Lantern Parade are fantastic ways of bringing the community together in a creative way to share in the spirit of Christmas,” she said. “Around 1,000 fantastic lanterns were produced by families and school children last year, and we’re aiming to help people make even more this time!”

People who are unable to attend one of the workshops are able to pick up lantern making packs from BID Leamington’s office at 35c Park Court, off Park Street, at a cost of £5 per lantern.

For more information on the workshops and how to get involved log onto www.leamingtonlanternparade.co.uk, email info@bidleamington.com or call 01926 470 634.