Tunbridge Wells Chines New Year Lantern Parade


The Chinese new year will be celebrated in style in Tunbridge Wells with hundreds of young people invited to take part in a winter lantern parade on Saturday 5 February.
The parade celebrates the Chinese custom of making brightly coloured paper lanterns and is fast becoming an annual custom in Tunbridge Wells. This year the lanterns will have an underwater theme.
The parade will leave from outside the Museum and Library on Civic Way at 5.30pm. Bloco Fogo Samba band will lead the way as the procession heads down Monson Road and Camden Road to St Barnabas School, where refreshments will be available.
The parade is the culmination of a day of events including family fun at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Library and the chance to ‘make-a-shaker’ at the Trinity. The shakers will help everyone taking part in the parade keep to the samba rhythm!
The event has been organised by the Tunbridge Wells Arts Partnership, which includes Kent County Council, Trinity, Town & Country Foundation and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.
Dawn Grant. Town & Country’s community development manager, said: “The lantern parade has become a regular winter event in Tunbridge Wells and it’s a wonderfully exciting, colourful and lively occasion for the children who take part.
“The candle-lit lanterns really do look spectacular on a dark winter afternoon. The parade will be marshalled so everyone enjoys themselves safely.”
Free workshops are being held so that children can make their own underwater-themed lanterns – anything from an octopus to a shark – with materials and expert guidance available.
These take place at TN2, Sherwood, on Saturday 15 January; St Barnabas School on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 January; and Southborough Primary School on Saturday 29 January.