The Lamplighter guides us through the darkest months of the year.

Led by the beautiful Lamplighter puppet, we light up Todmorden with a lantern parade, fire performers, street bands, illuminated installations and great food, and hundreds of lanterns made by you! Building on the huge success of the 2012 Valley of Lights, it’s become an annual ritual that guides us through the dark times.

We have to announce that Todmorden’s annual Lamplighter Festival – created and delivered by residents from across the Calder Valley working with Handmade Parade – won’t be taking place in 2019.

After the biggest event last year, with over 10,000 attending and 1,000 participating, it was clear that the current format of the event – particularly the finale – has outgrown the current location. Discussions have been taking place with Calderdale MBC, Centre Vale Park and other partners about moving the date and location of the celebration to the first Sunday of October half term and to the park which can safely accommodate a bigger audience.

We’ve been thinking of having a fallow year for a while now to enable the event to grow sustainably and to ensure its long term future. When we discovered that one of our main funding bids hadn’t been successful we decided not to proceed with an event which wouldn’t be of the quality and scale people are used to, and made the decision to focus our energy and efforts on 2020 and beyond.
Lamplighter is an event very close to our hearts here at Handmade and many of our team live in Todmorden, we want to nurture it and for it to grow into something even more wonderful!

We’re holding an open meeting for residents, groups and businesses to ensure the event continues to be embedded in the town and to check that some of the proposed developments are moving in the right direction. This will take place on Friday 8th November at 6.30pm – venue to be confirmed – and everyone is welcome. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.


Photo credits: Craig Shaw, Darren Fleming and Ian Hodgson