Bring Handmade Parade magic to your community!

Did you know …

…in addition to Handmade Parade producing the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade and our winter Todmorden Lamplighter Festival, our giant puppets, festival flags and parade art workshops help bring a bit of Handmade Parade magic to dozens of festivals community events each year?

With years of experience in working with communities to create exciting events and a large warehouse filled with parade artwork, Handmade Parade artists are ready and willing to help you make your event or community celebration that something special this year.

Our team of artists can deliver pre-event workshops to enable your community to create costumes and artwork of their own.

We deliver workshops to engage participants of all ages, this could be in local schools or community settings. We like to encourage cultural diversity wherever possible, we’d love to hear about the groups you’re planning to work with in your community.

Chose workshops to create inspiring costumes and headdresses, giant puppets & walkable carnival art, colourful batik flags or create props for parade participants to engage with.

Our giant puppets and parade art have been part of many events such as the Manchester Day Parade, Fleetwood Left Coast Spare Parts Festival , Hull Freedom Festival, the opening of the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery and Yorkshire Festival’s Celebration night.

Select Flag Hire or Artwork Hire from our selection of Ready Made Giant Puppets, Cycle Creations and beautiful Handmade Flags to fit in with your theme or Commission our artists to create specific Artwork to meet your ideas.

See our gallery of artwork for hire


Our artists have been busy helping organisations locally and nationally, here are some examples which may inspire you!

Eureka! Children’s Museum

Q EurekaIn June 2014 two of our artists spent 5 days making bird-themed artwork with visitors at the Eureka Children’s Museum in Halifax.

As part of their Mini Makers Fair the grand finale featured bird masks, giant bird puppets and our fabulous Handmade Samba band in a mini parade on their site at Eureka!

Darlington Festival

r     Darlington Schools workshop  FranDarlington school children had a fantastic time creating costumes when our artists travelled to work with them in their classrooms in Darlington.

5 different schools participated in this fantastic opportunity to make their own costumes with Handmade Parade artists.

On event day, joined by some of our Handmade Flags to add that extra flare, we created a dynamic section within the Darlington Carnival.

Otley Victorian Fair

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In October half term, two of our Lamplighter artists delivered 4 lantern-making workshops at Otley Courthouse Arts Centre.

The participants then returned to parade their artwork through the streets of Otley for the Annual Victorian Fair.
Otley hired our Moon and Stars lanterns to add a little of our Lamplighter magic to their parade.

Skipton Puppet Festival

t  Skipton ParadeSkipton festival hired us for 5 weeks to deliver workshops in local schools and a summer holiday club where our artists created giant puppets and costumes for the parade in Early October.


Want to find out more?

Contact our Project Manager with your ideas and we can help you to create a package to meet your community’s needs.