Okehampton Lanterns

The Okehampton Lanterns Procession is an annual project mixing folklore with imagery and music.  It celebrates the coming of spring and goodbye to the dark evenings.

Launched in 2011, this project is now a firm family favourite in the town with opportunities for all ages to come together. People can join the open community workshops to make simple lanterns, or work alongside the professional makers and make more developed lanterns. Plus of course, there are opportunities for music! Drummers, singers and a stage band take part.

Large elaborate lanterns are built using images drawn from folk songs and nature to tell stories of local history and folklore.

The pandemic of 2020 caused Wren Music to pause the project on the eve of the procession but the community will came together for a spectacular and well-received event this year after a two year absence from Okehampton!

Working alongside professional lantern makers, the community has been making lanterns to take part in the procession.

Large elaborate lanterns, using images drawn from folk songs and nature, tell stories of local history and folklore will lead the way into the park

Music on the procession and in the arena from professional musicians, featuring Wren Music’s own team of folk musicians, as well as brass band Little Big Noise.

Dance from Okehampton Community Dance Project.

These dancers, some as young as 4 years old, will be dancing specially choreographed dances to live music from the professional band.

Wren Music Okehampton Lanterns Procession

Simmons Park, Okehampton, Devon EX20 1PW

Saturday 26 March 2022 6:30pm

The spectacle will travel through and around the park to a show-stopping finale at the bandstand. Free to attend and suitable for all ages.

A special thank you this year to the residents and staff at Kent House Care Home in Okehampton for sharing their memories of spring, inspiring new folk songs to be created. A small pre-procession will allow the residents, some of whom are still shielding inside, to see the lanterns and listen to the music.