Family events to mark Winter Solstice will be held at Erewash Museum and Ilkeston’s Victoria Park, with a lantern parade saluting the shortest day as the finale on Saturday 16 December.
Lantern making workshops will be held at Erewash Museum between 12noon and 4pm where families can make their own lanterns to take to the parade later in the day. Victoria Park in Ilkeston will also host lantern making activities in the bowling pavilion between 2pm and 4pm.
The Solstice finale will see the lantern parade start from Erewash Museum at 4.15pm, pass through the town centre and into Victoria Park. Residents can join the parade from the start or wait at the park’s bandstand and join the procession around the park. The celebration will feature lanterns, story-telling and Morris dancing.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Our Solstice celebration is always popular with families and the lantern procession is a heart-warming sight, with storytelling and Morris dancing adding to the special atmosphere. It is a wonderful way for Erewash resident to celebrate this turning point of the year - the shortest days pass, the days lengthen, the sun grows stronger and we can look forward to spring.”
Winter solstice 2017 is actually Thursday 21 December, but events are held on a Saturday as the best day for families to join in the fun. Events have been organised as part of the Festival of Light, an annual series of events and activities delivered by Erewash Borough Council’s arts development team. For Winter Solstice they have worked in partnership with Victoria Park’s Community Ranger Helen Mitchem. Helen organises a wide range of activities as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund restoration project at Victoria Park.
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays. Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email email@example.com or visit the Facebook page /erewashmuseum and Twitter @Erewash_Museum.