Ulverston Lantern Festival

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Last year we stumbled upon the Ulverston Lantern Festival when we tried to stop in Ulverston for fish and chips on the way home from a walk across the sands to Piel Island, found that all of the roads into the town centre were closed and chose to park on the outskirts and investigate.

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This year we did much the same thing, this time on the way home from our trip to Roa Island.

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I think that there’s more to it than this, but the part of the Festival we’ve seen is a huge parade through the town with people displaying their amazing lantern creations, accompanied by marching bands of drummers.

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Some of the lanterns are amazing – witness the enormous Gruffalo above – but what I really like about it is the sheer number of people who are involved: it seems to be a superb community event.

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Last year’s theme seemed to be toys, this year I think it must have been woodland creatures. I took lots of photos, thinking that they were coming out sharply despite the darkness. Oddly, the camera’s video function seems to have coped rather better with the light conditions:

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Edit: WordPress doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge that this is a video. Click on it and a new tab will open in flickr where you will be able to watch it. (It’s only 15 seconds and you can hear one of the marching bands into the bargain.)

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Ulverston Lantern Festival

4 thoughts on “Ulverston Lantern Festival

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      It is great fun. I’m pretty sure that there were fireworks afterwards to, but we didn’t wait for those, because, as A pointed out when she saw these photos, it was perishing and we weren’t really properly dressed for standing around in the cold.

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