The Festival of Light celebrates the importance of light in the darkest months, by illuminating the Garden throughout Winter with magical light installations. Adults can help transform the little Greenhouse into a ‘Shadow Lantern’ and create other hand-made lights by taking part in a series of free paper-cutting workshops. Children and young people can take inspiration from the vegetables and seed pods grown in the Garden in ‘Fruit ‘n’ Veg’ paper lantern workshops on Saturday afternoons.
All of the hand-made lanterns create a magical atmosphere on special late opening ‘Light Nights’ throughout December, Thursday – Sundays until 20 December, when the Garden stays open until 11pm.
Saturdays 21 & 28 November 2015, 1-5pm
It’s ‘Festival of Light’ time at the Garden again when we celebrate the importance of light in the darkest months, first of all with free lantern-making workshops for adults and for children and then with December ‘Light Nights!’ when the Garden and Pavilion are magically illuminated by all the hand-crafted lanterns lit up together on cosy late night openings.
On Saturdays 21 & 28 November, 1- 5pm, children, young people and adults can join in making giant sculptural paper lanterns, inspired by the fruits, vegetables and seed-pods that we grow in the Garden. The sessions are free and supported by our team of Garden volunteers. No booking is necessary, just turn up and stay for as long as you like. All we ask is that you leave the lanterns to help light up the Garden on ‘Light Nights’ and in the winter months.
The lantern making sessions all take place inside the Pineapple House, with the wood-burning stove keeping everyone cosy. The Garden cafe serves hot chocolate and mulled wine, with Latto’s Pizzas from the wood-fired oven on Saturdays and Sundays. You can borrow blankets and hot water bottles if you want to sit outside – so no need to worry about the cold!
Tuesdays 24 November & 1 December 4-6pm & 6.30-9pm
Join us in the Pineapple House for these free ‘shadow’ paper-cutting sessions and help transform our little greenhouse into a magical winter ‘lantern’. Every year the many individually crafted panels make this a much talked about highlight of the Festival of Light!
You can make a whole panel or just one piece to join together with others – last year we had toadstools, vegetables, rain-clouds with umbrellas and woodland creatures – all cut out of paper and illuminated at night.
There’s no need to book, just drop in. The first session starts at 4pm each week and the second at about 6.30pm, but you are welcome to stay for both. These sessions are aimed at adults, although older children are welcome to come along. No previous experience is needed.