Workshops begin with a showcasing of lanterns at The Fest

A SERIES of public workshops will be held from August to October so families can create imaginative lanterns for a spectacular parade.

This year the Light Up The Valley parade in Stacksteads on Saturday October 28 will showcase an amazing array of lit lanterns lovingly created and decorated using pliable willow and paper.

At The Fest, a celebration in Edgeside Park organised by the White Horse Project, lead artist Ruth Evans held a stall where some of this year’s stunning lanterns were on display.

Visitors were also invited to help decorate a huge cat’s head.

Ruth said: “The Fest was a wonderful opportunity to promote the lantern festival; it was a fantastically well organised event and attracted a large audience.

“I saw familiar faces who had been involved in the lantern parade before and we got a lot of interest from new people who were invited to come along to the public workshops that will be held.”

This year 4,000 people are expected to benefit from the festival, which was first held on a much smaller scale in 2015.

Stacksteads Countryside Park Group has appointed the Horse and Bamboo to manage the event as it has grown significantly.

Community artist Ruth, along with her son Felix, will be arranging the workshops and making sessions will be held across Rossendale.

Public workshops will be held on: Saturday August 26 from 10am to 4pm at Stubbylee Community Greenhouses, Stubbylee Park, Bacup; on Thursday August 31 from noon to 3pm at Bacup Cricket Club and an adult week will be held from September 25-29 at Globe Studios, Toll Bar, Stacksteads, from 10.30am to 3pm.

On three weekends in October – 7 and 8, 14 and 15 and 21 and 22 – families are invited to make lanterns at the Globe Studios from 10.30am to 3pm.

Other workshops will be held in Haslingden, Stacksteads, Bacup, Weir and Waterfoot and there will also be making sessions in schools, with senior citizens, community groups and uniformed movements.

Communications officer for SCPG Jackie Oakes said: “This year we are delighted to have secured funding from the Arts Council, Lancashire County Council, Rossendale Community Fund and Living Well Living Better.