After a one-year break, the Tunbridge Wells Winter Lantern Parade is returning to the town on 9th February 2019 – bringing with it a colourful procession of lanterns and music for young and old to enjoy.

The Tunbridge Wells Lantern Parade will return this year and organisers of the popular free event have been busy making sure this year’s event is “bigger and better than ever” [1] for locals and those in neighbouring towns and villages.

Tunbridge Wells Lantern Parade route map 2019For the first time in its 10+ year history, the Winter Lantern Parade will start at the Royal Victoria Place shopping centre at approximately 5.30pm before heading down Camden Road to finish at Grosvenor and Hilbert Recreation Ground (the Auckland Road entrance).

The theme for 2019 will be outer space, so expect a few spaceships, planets and possible alien sightings down Camden Road on the day.

Last year’s event saw over 1,000 taking part and double that 2,000 enjoying from the sidelines. With big numbers expected to come out for this year’s event, it’s best to arrive early if you can to get a good spot!

The last remaining lantern-making workshops are unfortunately sold out, but a small number of tickets will be available on a first-come-first-saved basis on the door for the remaining events (see below). Admission to the workshops is free, but there’s a £5 charge (which goes towards running future lantern parades and related workshops) to buy one of five different lantern-making packs containing everything you need to make a lantern (i.e. a LED light and instructions) offered by CREATE Tunbridge Wells. Volunteers from CREATE will be on hand at these events to guide you in making a lantern.


Saturday 2nd February 10am and 1.30pm

@Church of Christ, Commercial Road (off Camden Road), Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2RR

Sunday 3rd February 10am and 1.30pm

@St Barnabas’ Primary School, Quarry Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2EY

Here are some wonderful shots of past years’ events to get you excited for this year’s event returning to Tunbridge Wells:

Image credit: David Hodgkinson Photography

The event is organised by CREATE in partnership with Royal Tunbridge Wells Round Table.