The Lamplighter returns to guide us through the darkest months of the year…
Join us on Saturday 19 November as we light up Todmorden with a handmade lantern parade, fire performers, street bands, illuminated installations and great food. Building on the huge success of the 2012 Valley of Lights and three years of the Lamplighter Festival, Handmade Parade is back by popular demand to put this exquisite nighttime event on the yearly calendar. Showcasing the unique creativity of Todmorden, Lamplighter features widely renowned street performers and installation artists from the upper Calderdale valley.

Illuminated Street Festival 5-7pm
Lantern Parade at 7pm followed by a Firey Finale

Featuring: Walk the Plank, Spacecadets, Skiband, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, Handmade Samba, Drum Machine Fire performance by Dimitri of FlameOz and Fireman Dave and, of course, Handmade Parade giant lantern puppet and lanterns made by you!


Lantern Workshops

Come along and make your own lantern for the parade. We provide all the materials and as much or as little instruction as you need. Adults, teenagers, families, are all welcome. If you’re under 13, please bring an adult with you. Entrance is by donations.

  • 5 Nov, Saturday 2-4pm
  • 6 Nov, Sunday 2-4pm
  • 9 Nov, Wednesday 3.30–5.30pm
  • 12 Nov, Saturday 2-4pm
  • 13 Nov, Sunday 2-4pm
  • 16 Nov, Wednesday 3.30–5.30pm

Todmorden Community College, Burnley Road, OL14 7BX

Cloud Troupe / Art and performative workshop

In this unique workshop led by guest Czech artists Dorota Krátká and Adam Krátký, you will be led to create a costumed illuminated ensemble which will perform in the town and then in the parade and finale of the Lamplighter Festival on Saturday 19 November in Todmorden.

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Tuesdays and Thursdays Nov 8, 10, 15, 17 18:00-20:00
and Sunday Nov 13, 12:00-18:00

At Handmade Parade Workshop, Unit 5 Victoria Works, Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 8LN

Workshops are free (but donations gratefully received!)

To sign up, email or call 01422 844154.

Adam Krátký and Dorota Krátká are authors and co-authors of several plays and performances, mostly site-specific (Proměna krajiny – The Metamorphosis of Landscape, Svátek světla – The Festival of Light, Chodidlárium – The Barefoot Labyrinth), and puppet theatre pieces for children as well as adults, such as MOMO, Ready or Not, Owl!, The Bohemian Sea, and a number of others. Adam and Dora live in Roztoky where they work under the cultural association Roztoč (, teaching drama and art classes and leading Vyper, an art-performative group. They cooperate with the association to prepare several cultural events as Carneval. Adam occasionally leads site specific workshops for adults and secondary school students. They both are interested in community art, land art, site-specific theatre and a relationship between people and (their) landscape. To see some photos of their pieces:

Women’s Lamplighter Dance Ensemble with Gil Burns

dance-beesDance Sessions: Nov 9, 16, 18 18:00-19:30
Costume session: Nov 16 19:30-21:00

Women and girls aged 8-88 can learn a fun and easy dance routine with dancer Gil Burns that they will perform in the Lamplighter Parade (19 Nov), accompanied by The Handmade Samba Band.

£3 per session

No need to book, just turn up to the sessions wearing loose clothing and trainers/comfy footwear

Fire Spinning Workshop

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FlameOz are looking to teach a group of 10 keen people (over the age of 13) to be part of a fire routine to be performed at the Todmorden Lamplighter Festival. No experience necessary. 8 training sessions to be held on Monday evenings (6:45pm-8:00pm) in the Handmade Parade space in Hebden Bridge. Only 10 spaces available so first come first serve.

Mondays 19 Sept to 14 Nov (no class on 26 Sept) 6:45pm-8:00pm
at Handmade Parade Workshop: Unit 5 Victoria Works, Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge HX7 8LN
£20 for the 8 week course

Sorry, this class is now full!

Photo credits: Craig Shaw, Darren Fleming and Ian Hodgson