A free lantern festival is coming to London next week

Illuminate Rotherhithe Lantern Festival

It landed in early March (Image: Illuminate Rotherhithe)

It’s getting longer and longer, but there’s one last festival of lights to attend before the spring and summer days arrive.

Next week, on Friday, March 4, a lantern festival will see winter unfold with a bang.

The Illuminate Rotherhithe and Bermondsey’s free event will see two processions of lights leave Mayflower Hall in Rotherhithe and St James’ Church in Bermondsey at 5:30pm.

A choir and samba band will accompany the procession and both will arrive in the stands of Southwark Park at 6pm.

Upcoming Lantern Festival in London Credit Illuminate Rotherhithe

The two parades will end at Southwark Park (Image: Illuminate Rotherhithe)

At this final stop, guests can enjoy music and dance in the barn provided by the Ceilidh Tree Band.

Anyone hungry after the hike will be able to get pizza, cookies and waffles – provided by the local community.

You can also join the parade yourself by making your own lanterns at the free workshops taking place this weekend (February 26 and 27).

These lessons will invite guests to create their own creations from paper and willow – as this year’s theme is ‘trees and everything in nature that you find in or on them.’

So if you’ve missed Christmas at Kew or Kenwood – or one of the capital’s other light shows – during the festive period, this is a great chance to get in on it before spring arrives.

Illuminate Rotherhithe Lantern Festival

The season finale (Image: Illuminate Rotherhithe)

Illuminate Rotherhithe Lantern Festival

Come join the fun (Image: Illuminate Rotherhithe)

If you’re looking for other fun things to do in the capital next month, a pull-and-dog brunch is up – full of live performances, dog treats and gourmet treats.

Elsewhere, there’s a hash brown-themed pop-up that places a breakfast favorite in the middle of the menu.

Additionally, a pub is opening on one of the grounds on the London Eye – complete with a fully functioning bar, dart board, cask decor and whiskey serving.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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