Giant Lantern Parades and community processions

are a speciality of Small World Theatre. We highly recommend this type of event to engage, inspire creativity and attract all ages and abilities.

Small World Theatre delights the communities and visitors to West Wales every year with a creative and imaginatively themed Giant Lantern Parade at the beginning of December. Past years have received funding from Visit Wales and the Big Lottery. Lantern Making workshops start the festivities and attract hundreds of families to Small World Theatre’s venue. The Parade has become an annual festival with over 10,000 spectators flocking to see the illuminated display.

These images are from the Parade during Wales’ ‘Year of the Sea’. The event inspired sea creature lantern designs made by community groups and local schools, as well as hundreds of smaller ship lanterns made by the public. The Parade quickly became known as the ‘Fish ‘n’ Ships’parade!

Small World Theatre partnered Cardigan Castle and worked with Cardigan Town Centre Partnership, Cardigan County Agricultural Show Committee, J J Morris, Swallow Yachts, Paul Oakley and an army of stewards and volunteers to ensure that the event was a success. The Parade wound its way through the streets until it reached the Castle where there were fire jugglers, delicious food provided by Kitchen 1176 and a fantastic fireworks display.

Small World Theatre’s sea monster Cragen made a special illuminated appearance on the River Teifi at Prince Charles Quay, marking the end of her magnificent tour

For more information about the Parade, to create your own community event or lantern procession, please email

Photographs copyright of Marc Hayes Photography