Beacons Lantern Procession 2016

    Saturday 15th October 2016

    After last year's successful Lantern Procession on Parkwood Springs, a second will take place on Saturday October 15th, setting off from the car park on Cooks Wood Road at about 5.45pm. A number of groups - both young people and adults - are going to make lanterns over the weeks before the Procession, helped by local artist Patrick Amber. (The lanterns are lit by battery LEDs - no open flames please.)

    There will also be sessions to make lanterns at the Burngreave Cemetery Chapel, Melrose Road, from 2-5pm on Sundays September 25th, October 2nd and 9th, at which everyone is welcome.

    Then 'on the day' there will be last-minute lantern-making on the field by the car park, from 3-5pm. The Procession will set off at 5.45pm led by Sheffield Samba Band, and will go through the trees to the viewpoint as the lights are turned on over the city. After activities there the Procession will return to the football field as dusk falls, for a lantern-lit finale with the Samba Band.

    There will be a coffee-stand and food to buy.

    Last year there were some incredible lanterns, and the atmosphere was wonderful. It's a really good opportunity for young and old to walk round Parkwood Springs, see the views over the city as the dusk falls, and have a good time together.

    Everyone is welcome, but please come in sensible clothing and bring a torch. Everything takes place outdoors, and it will be dark by the end of the evening.

    Earlier years' Beacons Festivals

    A number of years since 2007 there has been a spectacular evening of entertainment in October, celebrating the special place that is Parkwood Springs. Storyteller Shonaleigh worked many years with children from local schools to develop a story, to be told on the night with music, acting, and fire. Last year the first Beacons Lantern Procession took place. The entertainment starts in daylight, and as dusk falls finishes in a spectacular display that lights the night sky.

    The 2010 event took place on Saturday 23rd October, and attracted a good crowd of local residents and people from further afield. To read the report by the local 'Burngreave Messenger' please click here and to see their photo gallery please click here.

    For information and photos of the 2011 event, click on the 'Beacons 2011' link in the left-hand column.

    For some beautifully presented stories and images of past Beacons events, visit Shonaleigh's website and discover The Tales of Parkwood Springs.

    Photo by Catherine Brown (2011)

    The Beacons event is organised by the city's Parks and Countryside Service.