Lantern Festival returns to Cross Flatts Park on Friday

The popular annual Cross Flatts Park Lantern Festival returns to Beeston this Christmas – on Friday evening (8 December 2017).

The free, family-friendly event will once again feature carol singing (led by the local Salvation Army brass band), live animals to meet and pet, refreshments (this year including roast chestnuts), arts and craft activities – and hundreds of lanterns lighting up the park!

Local resident Mark Hodgkinson of the Salvation Army is one of those coordinating the event, and commented:

“It’s been great to see this event develop over the past few years, with loads of different local people getting involved – and it’s always good to see Beeston ‘on the map’ for the right reasons. We had hundreds join us last year, and this year’s promises to be even bigger. See you all then.”

Attendees are invited to come (through the Beeston Road entrance) from 5.45pm, for a 6.30pm start – the event centres around the Watsonia Pavilion at the top end of the park. Bring a lantern or light if possible, and wrap up warm! The event will finish by 7.30pm at the latest.

Two new features this year will see a labyrinth in the Millennium Garden where you will get the chance to meet characters from the Christmas story. There will also be a Lightbox Trail for children to see if they can piece together the message in the sentence.

The organisers are also looking for more volunteers, anytime between 10am-9pm on the day – please get in touch if possible, or just turn up.

The event is hosted by the Church in LS11, and supported by the Salvation Army and Leeds City Council.