Residents get crafty at Lantern Workshops!

Date published: 26 October 2018
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Residents put their creative talents to the test this week at the first of four free lantern-making workshops in Gainsborough.

The X Church and the Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough, had a full house with residents gathering together to create ‘star’ lanterns in celebration of Gainsborough’s role in the Pilgrim’s story. The lanterns will be used as part of the Gainsborough Illuminate Lantern Festival on 21November.

As previously reported, the special commemorative event is being held in the town thanks to a grant from the Arts Council England. The parade recognises our region's important connections to the story of the Pilgrims, as nearly 400 years ago, the Mayflower sailed to America carrying passengers from Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire – inspired by leading thinkers from Gainsborough!

This is the second year of the Illuminate Festival, building up to the big commemoration in 2020.

Using willow, masking tape and tissue paper, residents rolled up their sleeves and with a little guidance from artists they created their own traditionally magnificent masterpieces in the shape of a star.

Nathan Brumby, Gainsborough resident, attended the lantern workshop at the Trinity Arts Centre with his two children. He said: “The workshop was really good, the kids absolutely loved it – they really enjoy anything arts and crafts! The kids are looking forward to the parade in November.”

Layla-Mae Brumby, 5, and her brother Spencer, 2, made a ‘star’ lantern together that they were able to take home with them. Layla-Mae said: “My favourite part was taping the sticks together to make the star, my brother and I are really proud of our lantern!”

Dr Anna Scott, Mayflower 400 Officer for West Lindsey District Council was delighted to see the turnout at both events, she said: “It’s so great to see so many people interested in Gainsborough’s role in the Pilgrim’s story and I would encourage everyone to come down to one of the workshops and take part in this exciting project – there are more workshops coming up next month!

“It’s brilliant to see how excited people are to get crafty and get involved in making their very own lanterns to join in with the Gainsborough Illuminate Parade this November.”

If you missed this week’s workshops, there are plenty of other chances to make ‘star’ lanterns with professional artists who specialise in willow art, lanterns and festivals. Alongside ‘star’ lanterns, there is also the chance to craft birds and boats!

Free public workshops, welcome to all, will take place at the following locations and times:

  • The United Reformed Church in Gainsborough on Saturday 10 November from 10am until 4pm

  • Connexions Community Hub in Gainsborough on Saturday 17 November from 10am until 4pm

The parade will take place in the town on Wednesday 21 November, and people who have made lanterns at the free workshops can begin to register from 5.30pm that day at the United Reformed Church for a performance at 6pm and a parade start of 6:30pm to the Old Hall, Market Place and ending in Marshalls Yard.

Find out more about Gainsborough’s Pilgrim heritage and West Lindsey’s partnership in the official Mayflower 400 project at or by following @PilgrimRoots on Social Media

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