Pontefract Lantern Festival


by Pontefract Lioness Club

Now in its 9th Year Pontefract’s Annual Lantern Festival is a fantastic FREE event organised by Pontefract Lioness Club.  The parade will be held on Saturday 19th October 2019 and attracts over 3000 visitors who gather at Pontefract Castle from 6:00pm, where there will be face painting, glitter tattoos, music and performers to keep you entertained until the parade sets off at 7:00pm.    

Led by Leão do Norte, Leeds Samba band and dancers, the parade will head through the town centre  and into Friarwood Valley Gardens, where there will be more entertainment and refreshments, making this one of the key events in Pontefract’s community calendar.

However, the Lantern Festival is not just a parade, it gives you the chance to get involved in your community by calling into one of our many Lantern Making Workshops which are being held throughout September and October at The Circle, Chequerfield and Pontefract Castle (15th & 22nd September). 

Pontefract Lioness Club provide all materials free of charge and we are on hand to help you bring your ideas to life. So whether you want a simple shape or an elaborate design (eg dragons, castles, animals or flower baskets), the only limitation to what can be made, is your own imagination.   Lanterns are made from willow, glue and tissue paper and lit by battery operated lights and the design is such that the lanterns are carried (Pontefract Lioness Club do not encourage or support lanterns that can be let off into the sky).  

For further information including dates for workshops follow Pontefract Lantern Festival on Facebook or contact pontefractlanternfestival@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

This article was featured in Issue 8 – September 2019.

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