Handmade Parade creates magical, inclusive & exciting events and art

From our base in West Yorkshire, we create spectacular events, help people make amazing art, and bring joy to community.


You can email us at: info@handmadeparade.co.uk   or phone: 01422 844154


Lamplighter 2016, puppet and owl by Kerith Ogden, Photo by Craig Shaw


We’ve made a few changes since the last Lamplighter in 2018 (remember back then?) and there won’t be a parade this time but instead we’ll be building an illuminated trail and mini-festival in Centre Vale Park, Todmorden. It’s such a gorgeous setting, we know it’s the perfect environment for a magical experience. We’ll still be making this happen TOGETHER, with opportunities for all to get involved as much as you’d like to. Here are the different ways in which you can take part:

We will update this information in the New Year, and again nearer to the event itself (in light of any changes in Covid restrictions and guidance – unfortunately the above is subject to change). Any questions or suggestions ben@handmadeparade.co.uk

ON THE DAY, Centre Vale Park, Todmorden, 6-9pm
Saturday 12 February afternoon into evening
Dress up (warm) and turn up. We may have free ticketed entry times, bookable in advance, to help with Covid safety – details to follow

FOR EVERYONE, including families – public lantern making kits
Have a go at making your own lantern and then bring it to the park on the day of the event to light the way. Details of how and where in Todmorden to pick up a kit to follow.

Lamplighter 2016 , fox by Govi Asano, photo by Craig Shaw

Various times & locations
Throughout January and February we’re holding creative and making sessions with different groups across Calderdale including Calderdale Young Carers, Healthy Minds, Eagle St Mosque youth group, Barnardo’s Positive Identities LGBTQ+ youth group and six Todmorden primary schools. If you are part of one of those groups and would like to get involved please contact the co-ordinator for your group.

FOR VOLUNTEERS – BIG MAKE, Todmorden College, Burnley Road, OL14 7BX
Saturday 22 / Sunday 23 January daytime
Join our lovely team of volunteers when they get together and create all kinds of light-up stuff supported by a team of artists and makers. You need to be aged 18 or above, and we have a budget for travel expenses. Please contact sandra@handmadeparade.co.uk

We have a limited number of places of food vendors – contact daisy@handmadeparade.co.uk by Friday 4 February to register your interest

FOR ARTISTS – LANTERN GIANT PUPPET MASTERCLASS, Handmade Parade workshop Hebden Bridge, Monday 7 – Saturday 12 February
Running at the same time as preparations for Lamplighter 2022, and co-produced by ourselves and Thingumajig Theatre, this week long masterclass will teach artists and lantern makers all they need to know to make lantern giant puppets including structural design and lighting. The masterclass will be led by Andrew Kim and the lantern puppets will make their debut at the Lamplighter event. For more information contact ben@handmadeparade.co.uk

NB this masterclass will only run if 6 or more people book a place – get in touch and we’ll send you more details and answer any questions. You’ll need to confirm attendance and pay a deposit of £210 (50% of the total cost, £420) by Friday 21 January.

There are two scholarships available for Black, Asian Ethnic Minority artists as artists of colour are currently underrepresented in our work and in outdoor arts generally. These scholarships are for half of the masterclass costs