Supported by Ashbourne Churches Together, Ashbourne Methodist Church, St Oswald’s Church and Ashbourne TC


Lantern Procession

Friday, 7 December 2018 (gather in Church between 5.30pm and 6.00pm)
Leaving St Oswald’s Church, Mayfield Road, Ashbourne DE6 1AS at 6.30pm
Arriving at The Market Place, Ashbourne at 7.00pm


Lantern Workshops

Saturday, 27 October 2018 10.00am – 4.00pm
Waterside Room at Ashbourne Methodist Church
Saturday, 1 December 2018 10.00am – 4.00pm
St Oswald’s Church Hall, Ashbourne
FREE ENTRY for both venues – booking details shown below


Once again the Ashbourne Festival team are staging their Lantern Procession on the opening evening of the town’s Christmas weekend. Many people have supported this event in previous year’s by making and carrying lanterns, but if this is the first time that you would like to get involved, here is what you need to know.

Two workshops are being run this year, come along and make a basic pyramid lantern or similar, you don’t have to carry your lantern in the procession, but it would be great if you could. The workshops (dates, times and venues above) are very popular and advance booking is essential. We can only accommodate so many makers and have a lower age limit as we want to be sure that everyone has the best possible experience on the day.


Email us at stating your preferred workshop date. Tell us who is coming and if relevant, the age of children under 18. We have set a minimum age of Year 5 for U18’s and they must be accompanied by an adult. it would also be useful if all lantern makers could bring their own lunch.


There are always spare lanterns that need carriers and we would like to hear from both adults and (once again) older children who can help us. If you would like to be involved, email us at with your names and ages (U18’s only). Timings for the procession are 5.30pm – 6.00pm at Church to collect your lantern and at 6.30pm everyone leaves to walk to the Market Place.