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Festival of Light

6th December 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Info for Lantern Bearers UPDATE 3/12/19

Thank you for taking part in Lantern Making this year for Cardigan’s Giant Lantern Parade on 6 December 7pm. Here is some important information that will help you collect your lantern and find your place in the Parade.

Please arrive at Small World Theatre for 6:00pm – 6:15pm to prepare your lantern for the Parade. Small World Theatre will help you attach a stick to your lantern and once you are outside, we will light the candle. You will be asked to make your way in an order to the Parade start line at Pendre. Llandysul Youth Samba Band and a giant elephant will lead the circus-themed Parade this year.

Starts at 7pm
A slow procession along Cardigan’s Hight Street to Cardigan Castle.

Procession enters Cardigan Castle. The procession will follow the path around Cardigan Castle twice. There will be delicious food and hot drinks available to buy in the Castle grounds supplied by Kitchen 1176. Lanterns can be laid carefully on the green for half an hour to enjoy the food and fireworks.

8:00pm approx

You are invited to make arrangements to take your giant lanterns home after the Parade. We recommend that you enjoy our lantern outdoors, or replace the candle with a battery operated torch/ light if you display it indoors. You are welcome to bring lanterns along from previous years. Please attach a candle before arriving at Small World Theatre. Thanks.

Please use one of the public car parks near Small World Theatre – behind Mwldan, The Guildhall or next to the Swimming Pool. Road closure from 6:45pm – 7:30pm for the Parade.

Large Lantern Makers/ Community Groups
If you’ve made a large lantern in a group workshop, please meet Small World Theatre at Y Man a’r Lle, SA43 1AB at 6pm. Small World Theatre will help attach batteries to the lanterns. Please bring a small shoulder bag/ rucksack with you to carry your battery (something that can take the size and weight of a bag of sugar). You will be asked to make your way in an order to the start-line at Pendre.


4CG and Small World Theatre are delighted to announce Cardigan’s Giant Lantern Parade on Friday 6 December at 7pm, thanks to a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. Past Parades have generated much excitement and created a community cohesion during the winter months. The Festival of Light is Cardigan’s celebrated annual event.

In its fourth year, this winter celebration promises to be bigger and brighter. Councillor Clive Davies said “Everyone’s planning around the Lantern Parade already! We’ve been approached by people in the street, community groups, youth groups and traders. It’s an important event in the town’s calendar and attracts visitors from across the U.K. Over 10,000 people visited Cardigan in 2018 and we hope to exceed those numbers this year.”

Small World Theatre will begin the Parade at Pendre and finish in the grounds of Cardigan Castle. Spectators can join the Parade as it meanders along the High Street with many of the shops opening late. Cardigan Castle will welcome the Parade and be a site of festive music and merriment, with delicious locally sourced food and drink supplied by Kitchen 1176.

Bill Hamblett, Director of Small World Theatre said, “We’re looking forward to deciding this year’s theme and getting creative in November.” Cardigan’s creative community is invited to join a Lantern Making Workshop with Small World Theatre in the run up to the event.

Book Lantern Making

November 10 (£2 per lantern. Suitable ages 8+)

November 24 (£2 per lantern. Suitable ages 8+)

December 1 (£2 per lantern. Suitable ages 8+)


6th December 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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