Dance, music and artist-led craft workshops will all be part of a heart-warming Festival of Light celebration at Erewash Museum.

The afternoon of family-friendly fun and learning will turn the spotlight on celebrating the importance of light and what it means across different cultures.

The special event is on Saturday 12 February and will feature workshops, crafts and lantern making from 2pm until an uplifting dance performance at 4.30pm.

This will be followed by a magical finale at 5pm – a short lantern procession from Erewash Museum to Ilkeston Market Place. This will feature children who have made their lanterns during the day plus larger scale lanterns made by young people at Ilkeston’s Dallimore Primary School and the youth mentoring service Parkside High.

Families are also welcome to go along and join in with their own creations (no glass containers or real flames will be permitted).

Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says it will be a joyous family event:

“What a wonderful family event this will be, ending with the fabulous lantern procession that will signify peace and togetherness. So join us to celebrate the Erewash Festival of Light as we also look towards the end of the dark winter nights and await the spring.”

The event has been organised by Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development Team which will also be bringing an archived collection of lanterns out from storage and inviting families to join the procession with illuminated animals, moons and shapes.

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Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Contact 0115 907 1141, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.