Lantern Procession & Street Party Sat 23rd Sept @ New Mills Festival, New Mills [23 September]

Lantern Procession & Street Party Sat 23rd Sept

17:00 - 23:00

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New Mills Festival
New Mills, Derbyshire, SK22, SK22 New Mills

Market Street 5pm – ‘til late
Join in the celebrations at the Street Party before and after the Lantern Procession. Sample delicious foods from all over the world from authentic ‘street food’ vendors, enjoy live music and marvel at the fire eaters, jugglers, stilt-walkers and other performers who will be entertaining you throughout the evening. Many of our local shops, restaurants and cafes will also be opening their doors late into the evening.

The Rock Tavern, Wirksmoor Road, SK22 3HW.
Come on a magical lantern procession through the Torrs, walk over the famous Millennium Walkway flanked by impressive fire sculptures and see hundreds of hand-made lanterns light up the evening. Bring your very own lantern — made at a lantern-making workshop. Procession ends with a Street Party in Market Street. Procession duration approximately 30mins walking — unless congested. Fire effects and entertainment 7.30-9.30pm. Entry ONLY at The Rock Tavern — keep going in one direction. Arrive between 7.30-9pm to join the procession!


What: The lantern procession is magical lantern procession where people carry hand-made illuminated lanterns through the Torrs Riverside park, which is an impressive gorge that runs under the town of New Mills, and across the famous Millennium Walkway, which clings to a rock face over the River Goyt. Along the route, those taking part get to see impressive fire sculptures, illuminated works of art and other light effects. The Street Party, which takes place throughout the evening, sees the centre of New Mills transformed to a giant street party. You will be able to sample delicious foods from all over the world from authentic ‘street food’ vendors, enjoy live music and marvel at the fire eaters, jugglers, stilt-walkers and other performers who will be entertaining you throughout the evening. Many of the local shops, restaurants and cafes will also be opening their doors late into the evening.

Where and when: The street party takes place from 5pm until late on Market Street, New Mills, and surrounding roads. See Street Party Plan for details. The Lantern Procession starts at The Rock Tavern on Wirksmoor Road, passes through the Torrs Riverside Park and finishes on Station Road. Please note that all entry is via the Rock Tavern entrance into the Torrs and the procession is one-way. Procession start times are 7.30pm and 8.30pm, with last entry at 9.15pm. The procession lasts approximately 30 mins, unless it gets congested. So as to reduce queues, we advise people to not to all turn up at 7.30pm and enjoy some of the street party first. We suggest families with young children come earlier and families with older children and adults come later.

Cost: The Lantern Procession and Street Party are free to attend. They do, however, cost a considerable amount of money to put on. We therefore ask people to make a donation to the bucket collection on the day. For information, the event is run entirely by volunteers and not by the Council or another large organisation.

Lanterns: If you've made your own lantern, obviously bring it along to the Lantern Procession. If you haven't made a lantern; don't worry! Festival lanterns will be on sale from a stall on Union Road (see Street Party Map) for just £4. After the procession, there will be a lantern crèche behind the bus station where you can leave your lantern whilst you enjoy the street party.

Disabled access / pushchairs: The route of the procession follows gravel footpaths into and out of a steep-sided gorge. The event can also get quite crowded. As such, wheelchair access is difficult and the use of larger, less rugged prams, pushchairs and buggies is not recommended (if possible, we would advise children to walk or be carried). For health and safety reasons, motorised / mobility scooters may not be permitted to be used during busy periods. Marshalls will, however, be available to advise and assist.

What to wear: The Lantern Procession passes through the Torrs Riverside Park on mainly gravel paths. Some parts of the route are also quite steep. Stout footwear is therefore recommended. Temperatures may also be low and the procession may take some time and so we recommend you wrap up warm.

Food and Drink: There will be two bars at the street party and a large number of food and drink vendors, selling a wide range of food and drink. Traders are Coffee Shack, Dim Sum Su, Streatza, Kellys Kitchen, Chaat Cart, Hungry Little Critters, Que Delicia, Crepe Chateau, Man BBQ, Choccy Churros, Dutch Fishmen, Blure Caribou, Yakumama, JB Candy, Floss and What the Truck. These will be on Market Street and Union Road. Many New Mills pubs, cafes and shops will also be open.

How to get there: If possible, please walk or use public transport (see information on buses and trains). A good option is to park and ride from Marple Station where there are two large car parks. If you do drive to New Mills, please note that a number of roads will be closed (see below), as well as the main town centre car parks.

Parking: No parking will be available within the town centre as the two main car parks will be closed. If you do travel by car, there will be two temporary festival car parks at Woodside Street (next to the Bee Hive Public House) and Grove Street (Swizzels), which are both off Albion Road. Parking is also available within the Co-op car park off Ensor Way (off Church Road). These car parks will be signed on the night and the location of these car parks is indicated on the car parking plan.

Road Closures: Various Roads within the centre of New Mills will be closed to allow the event to take place. These are Rock Mill Lane (12 noon — Midnight), Market Street, High Street, Torr Top Street and Meal Street (5pm — Midnight), Hague Bar Road, Station Road and Union Road (4pm — Midnight) and Hurst Lea Road, Wirksmoor Road and Jodrell Street (5pm — 11pm). See the road closures plan for more information.

Bus changes: As a result of the road closures, the Stagecoach 358 and High Peak Buses 60 and 61 services will be affected. The 358 Stagecoach Bus Service will only operate between Stockport and New Mills between 5pm and just before midnight, with the service terminating / starting at the Council depot (former fire station) on Hague Bar Road. A replacement bus service will be operated by Smiths of Marple on behalf of New Mills Festival between New Mills and Hayfield instead, starting / terminating at the Queens Bridge bus stop on Church Road. The replacement bus service will operate throughout the evening between Hayfield and New Mills at the times shown on the leaflet with this post. These times differ slightly from the 358 service. Union Road will be reopened to allow the 11:47 New Mills to Hayfield and the midnight Hayfield to Stockport 358 bus services to operate as normal. The 60 High Peak Buses service, which departs from Macclesfield at 17.50, will terminate at Newtown Station instead of New Mills Bus Station. The 61 High Peak Buses service to Buxton which departs from Glossop at 17.00, and the 17.20 service to Glossop, which departs from Buxton, will not be able to serve New Mills Bus Station.

Why not make a day of it? If you're coming to the Lantern Procession and Street Party, why not make a day of it as there are other Festival events happening on the same day. These include an Arts and Crafts Fair, an open day for the Torrs Hydro hydroelectricity scheme and various art shows / displays. You could also have a look at the Art Trail. Full details of these events can be found on our website (

Thanks: We'd like to say a big thank you to all those who have contributed in any way to help run the event, including all our marshals.
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