Trowbridge Town Council are delighted to announce a new and exciting event for Trowbridge this winter – a magical, spectacular lantern procession to form part of the Christmas Light Switch On Event on Saturday 30th November. Scores of beautiful, handcrafted willow lanterns will be paraded through the Town Centre led by a lively and colourful samba band! Creating a carnival feel to proceedings, the lantern parade will bring together the community of Trowbridge to share in the magic of Christmas – spreading light throughout the town!

Trowbridge Town Council will be hosting a number of fun and instructional workshops in schools and the wider community in the run up to the parade, teaching traditional willow craft techniques and enabling people to produce fantastic willow lanterns. All of the hardwork in creating the lanterns will then culminate in a parade through the centre of Trowbridge on the evening of 30th November.

We are currently seeking funding to enable us to host as many lantern making workshops as possible within schools and community groups in the local area. We hope for all of the workshops to be subsidised to enable all members of the community to get involved and showcase community creativity.

If you would be interested in supporting this project financially or sponsoring this new and exciting event, then please get in touch – we would love to hear from you!

If your school or community group would like to create lanterns for the parade, if you would like to learn more about the event and upcoming workshops, or if you have a community space or venue and would like to host a workshop please contact us to find out more.

If you are able to run lantern making sessions independently then please let us know. We can teach community leaders the basic skills involved in lantern making to help you to pass these skills on and work with more groups within the community.

For further information about any aspect of the lantern parade, please contact Victoria Spriggs, Event and Admin Support Officer, Trowbridge Town Council on 01225 765072 or email her at victoria.spriggs@trowbridge.gov.uk.