Free SPACE THEMED Lantern Making Workshop
On the day of the parade we run a free workshop that runs from 12pm until 3pm at the Parish Hall in Lancing. It's on a drop in basis so there's no need to book in advance. However it does tend to get very busy towards the end, so we would advise arriving early if you don't want to queue.
Ask about our autism friendly session.
The theme this year is SPACE
Come to the session and make a lantern based around this exciting theme!
FREE LANTERN MAKING
Our free lantern making session offers everyone a chance to make a lantern or costume piece for the main parade. The four lantern designs our artist picks are always in keeping with the theme of the parade but completely open to your creativity. We hope you let your imagination run wild!
The parade itself and the lantern making session are kept free to enable all families to have access to the parade regardless of their current financial situation.
Please note: It is advisable not to arrive too late - the session is often busy close to the parade gathering time.
WHAT WILL YOU BE MAKING?
WHO CAN COME TO THE SESSION?
Everyone is welcome to attend the lantern making session. The session is provided for free to ensure it's accessible to all families in the area. We also realise that mums, dads and grandparents need this opportunity to create something for the parade. If you come to the session we want you to make something - no matter how old you are!
Quiet Session: We are hoping to run an autism friendly quiet session before the main session in the coming years. If this would be of interest to you please do let us know so that we can get an idea of the numbers involved.
We have a small cafe at the session that sells a limited selection of refreshments such as tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes. The cafe is run for free by our super-awesome volunteers and stocked by donations from the local supermarkets. All profits raised from the cafe get put back into the parade and help us to put on another year of the Adur Sea of Lights. We all need a drink and a cake to keep the creative energy flowing!
WHO RUNS THE SESSION?
This is a free session, however every year people ask if they can donate to make sure next year happens. There will be buckets in place for donations on the morning if you would like to donate at the session. They are normally by the cafe area.
You can also donate with PayPal here on the website by pressing the donate button at the top of the page. We are also running a crowdfunding campaign this year if you would prefer to be a part of that. All donations go towards making the next year's parade possible.
If you don't have a lantern don't worry. Here are some ideas!
If you can't make it to the lantern making workshop and want to make something at home check out our downloads page and the videos below. There are so many ideas put together for you to print off and decorate at home. Everything from costume pieces to lanterns made completely from your recycling.
We have a selection of masks PDFs, accessory PDFs and lantern ideas in our download section.