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Winter Lantern Trail

Friday 11th Dec 2020 — Sunday 13th Dec 2020, Newbury Town Centre - starting at St Nicolas Church

Free (pre-booking required)

All tickets have now gone for this event and we are unable to hold a waiting list. If tickets are released as they are no longer needed we will make them available as and when they are returned.

Our annual Festival of Light will take on a reimagined format for 2020, instead of the traditional procession through the town centre we are inviting audiences on a ticketed and Covid safe trail along the banks of the Canal.

This year we invite you to join us for a one-off explosion of creativity featuring sculptural lanterns by Thingumajig Theatre, Handmade Parade, Rag and Bone and other artists from around the country.

Beautiful sculptural lanterns, light and music will guide you on a magical journey along the banks of the Kennet & Avon canal. Come together with your family and bubbles to experience the warmth of winter celebration in a safe and socially distanced fashion.

Please reserve 1 ticket per member of your household up to a maximum of 6 tickets. Children under 18 months do not need a ticket. Timed slots are available every ten minutes between 5pm and 8pm each night.

Arrival & Tickets
In order to ensure the safety of all guests, please only arrive at the time of your pre-booked tickets. There will be a short queue outside St. Nics Church on St. Bartholomew Street. Our stewards will be there to guide you and we ask that you help us to maintain social distancing while waiting.

You do not need printed tickets, please just have your booking confirmation ready to show on a phone when you arrive. Also, If you can no longer attend please let us know so that we can offer your tickets to another party.

The Route

The trail begins at St. Nics Church and takes you on a journey along West Mills over the footbridge and along the Canal Path. This takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.


This event is suitable for all ages. Please be advised that the route follows parts of the canal path if you have small children.


The route is accessible to wheelchair users. Please let us know if you have any specific accessibility requirements.

Additional Info

The Winter Lantern Trail
is an outdoor event so please dress sensibly for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Toilets will be not be available on the trail.

Timed entry between 5pm - 8pm.

Please Note: This event will include photography that may be used for promotional material.

If for any reason we have to cancel the event, you will be notified and have the opportunity to rebook tickets in the case of a postponement.

Photo credit: Ghost Caribou by Thingumajig Theatre; photo by Ian Hodgson.