Ulverston Lantern Festival, Ulverston Events, Events Cumbria

Saturday September 25th 2021


The Ulverston Lantern Festival 2021 will take place on Saturday September 25th.

The theme for 2021 is ‘My Favourite Things’ which gives our hundreds of lanterneers the option to create just about any kind of lantern they like.

‘Favourite Things’ can be anything from spaceships to soft toys, from Disney characters to dolphins, from submarines to spitfires, or from animals and insects to vegetables or flowers.

Whatever your Favourite Thing happens to be – that can be your lantern creation this year on September 25th 2021.

The Lanterns committee hopes that the 2021 festival will be bigger and better than ever as people enjoy being able to gather safely in the open air after enduring so many months of lockdown and restrictions.

The later date means that night falls earlier, so to make the festival more family friendly the start times for the various processions have been moved forward by 30 minutes.

All four processions should come together outside the Coronation Hall in County Square around 8.00pm.

They will combine into one huge River of Light that will wind through the streets of Ulverston and arrive at Ford Park by 9.00pm, for our famous grand Lantern Festival Firework Finale.

Lantern kits containing willow withies, paper, glue, masking tape and a wired candle – in fact everything you need to create a lantern – will be going on sale from town centre outlets from Monday, August 2nd.

Ulverston Lantern Festival is the biggest free festival of its kind in Europe, and is organised by community volunteers, and funded with support from  Ulverston Town Council, and CGP Books, the UK’s biggest educational books supplier based in Broughton-in-Furness.  It also relies on the collection of donations on the night itself.  The Festival  cannot take place without your generous donations, and the support of the Cumbria Police whose officers ensure the safety of everyone taking part.

Our volunteers organise the festival and workshops, put together the Lantern kits and steward the event itself – if you would like to volunteer your help please message us through the Facebook page or contact chair Chris Nelson on 07761 930627.


If you would like to sponsor or donate to the Ulverston Lantern Festival please get in touch.