2013 Event

Dark Nights, Light Stories -Saturday November 30th 2013

A picture showing one of the lanterns at last years event, against a background of the firework show.

Banish the Darkness at Liskeard’s Winter Carnival!


Liskeard Lights Up in 2013 is all about Cornish Christmas tales. During November, our team of artists will work with local schools and community groups to make story-themed lanterns large and small. We will also be holding a series of free open workshops at the Liskerrett Centre. No experience needed and all materials will be provided. All you need to bring is yourself and some old clothes. Look out for dates and times -we’ll be posting them in the ‘News’ area of this website.

If you’d like to have a go at building a lantern with your own group or at home, or you just want to find out  more about what’s involved, take a look at the ‘How to Build a Lantern’ page.

The Event

On Friday 29th November, Puppetcraft theatre will be performing the classic tale ‘The Mousehole Cat’ at Liskerrett Community Centre. The show will start at 6pm and tickets will be available from the Liskerrett Community Centre. Look out for further details, either here or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

During the day, children can visit Santa Claus in his grotto, on Liskeard’s Fore Street. There will be face painting, opportunities for children to write that special letter to Santa, and each child will receive a small present. There will be themed activities around the town including storytelling and craft activities for children in Liskeard’s Museum on Pike Street.
As night falls, the lantern procession led by Liskeard Silver Band, Father Christmas, Liskeard Carnival Queen, and a Christmas shadow ‘piccy tree’, will weave its way, from the Cattle Market Car Park, through the streets of Liskeard, local people carrying their spectacular lanterns inspired by Cornish Christmas tales and traditions. The procession stops on the Parade in the centre of town where there will be a sound and light display, the Christmas tree will be lit and there will be a short firework display. The procession then returns to the Cattle Market Car Park for dispersal.
On Saturday 7th December there will be a ‘Garden of Lights’ display of lanterns that took part in the procession in the Community Garden at Liskerrett Community Centre.

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