Lantern Parade

Lantern Carnival to light up Sefton Park

Liverpool’s Sefton Park will be brimful of lanterns, magic and mysterious sightings on the Sunday 28 October, as the Lantern Company once again light up the park with the enchanting Halloween Lantern Carnival.

Bigger and better than ever, visitors can expect to see the giant floating Dreamer as she falls asleep, and take a peek at the dreams inside her sleeping head, courtesy of French masters of the surreal, Delirium Lumens, whose astonishing live projections create huge, vividly coloured landscapes of imaginary luminous beings.

Hundreds of people from all over Liverpool will also take centre stage as they carry their hand-made lanterns in the annual Lantern Parade in a dazzling display of creativity and community spirit

For those of an adventurous nature, a wander through the park will lead to the discovery of yet more extraordinary dreamscapes, talking stags, dancing wolves and Things that go Bump in the Night, as they light up the dark along the route. If you feel sleepy, you can even slip into bed yourself and have your own dreams or nightmares revealed!

A field of floating fire flowers, huge illuminated megaliths, a gaggle of gamblers, dream doctors, diviners and fortune tellers will set your head spinning and make this unforgettable night a glorious feast for the senses.

Jo Pocock, Artistic Director of the Lantern Company said: “We are very excited about the changes in direction for this year’s event, which looks set to be an incredible evening. As well as the huge community involvement in the parade and top quality work from local partners, we are collaborating with the exceptional Delirium Lumens from France, whose surrealist hand drawn projections and live animation have to be seen to be believed.”

Liverpool’s Lantern Company is now in its 10th year, and has earned an excellent reputation for creating stunning works of art that not only mesmerise onlookers, but are of outstanding artistic quality. Its work with the community and an artist-led ethos is at the heart of the company. The Lantern Company have worked extensively in Liverpool as well as gaining a national reputation for its work, including the River of Light Parade in Durham’s Lumiere Festival and creating fabulous dragons for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre production of Dr.Faustus.

Throughout October, the Lantern Company are running workshops at venues all over the city, where you can make your own lantern and take part in the lantern parade. (Full list of venues below)

Visit for exact parade times and further information.

The Lantern Company’s Halloween Lantern carnival is funded by Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England.


Lantern making workshops in Liverpool:

Sunday 14th October and Sunday 21 October both from 10am-4pm
The Florrie
377 Mill Street
L8 4RF


Saturday 20 October 10am-4pm
The Old Police Station Saturday
80 lark Lane
L17 8UU


Saturday 20 October 10am–4pm
The BlackE Saturday
1 Great George Street
L1 5EW


Saturday 20 October and Sunday 21 October both from 10am-4pm
Sefton Park Community Centre
Croxteth Drive Sunday
L17 3AG


Saturday 20 October 12 noon–6pm
ABCC (Anfield Breckfield Community Council)
Community Corner
Lower Level, Richmond Park
L6 5AD

Tuesday 23 October 10am–4pm
WECC (West Everton Community Council)
33 Everton Brow
Liverpool L3 8PU



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