Dover was named third most picturesque wintry town behind Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Home to the iconic White Cliffs, Dover is well worth a visit with its history packed castle and delicious restaurants. The coastal town has a lot to offer and is the perfect place to explore during the festive season.
More than 600 lanterns paraded through Dover as part of the annual Winter Light Up festival this weekend.
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Photo Credit: Matt Wilson and Future Foundry
‘To lead the lantern parade of hundreds of proud, happy young people from Dover was the most incredible experience for me as the Town Mayor this year The drumming gave the event a tribal feel, the whole parade united as a community celebrating the start of the darkest days of the year with noise and light. The big builds swaying along were an artistic triumph for their makers. Thank you to the Future Foundry and all those who took part for giving the town such a fabulous event’. Sue Jones, Mayor of Dover.
Despite -2 degrees, thousands took part in Dover’s Winter Light Up this Saturday, walking with 600 star lanterns made by children and the community through the streets of Dover, following in the footsteps of 11 giant, illuminated wildlife lantern characters made by Future Foundry artists.
Huge thanks to everyone who took part, made lanterns and came to help on the day including our intrepid big build carriers and our AMAZING creative, inventive team who put every once of energy into the day.
Elizabeth Tophill, Zo Defferary, Olivia Franklin, Bob Henderson, Freyja Crow, Amelia Johnson, Rainna Erbas, Lori Crow, Frazer Doyle, Emma Sikora, Jess Martindale, Eloise Gibb, Emily Drysdale, Emily Oulton, Charlotte Proctor, Alex Newcombe.
Stars were made with schools and the local community, during 150 hours of workshops! St Margaret’s at Cliffe, Temple Ewell, White Cliffs, Vale View, St Martins, Guston, Priory Fields, St Mary’s, River, Sallygate plus Dover smART Project
Access, Arts and Adventures; Dover’s disability arts network, Afghan and Ukrainian families and Dover Scouts (who made 50 Ammonite lanterns to highlight the Kent Downs National Landscape #AONB #Geopark