Local Schools Get Crafting at Christmas Lantern Workshops

Lantern Parade
Lantern Making at Northwick Manor Primary School
Published Tuesday, 5th December 2017

Pupils from Northwick Manor Primary and the Royal Grammar School (RGS) were all aglow last week as they created Christmas lanterns ready for The Hive’s Lantern Parade on Thursday 7 December.

Year 3 pupils at both schools took part in the workshops on Tuesday 28 November and Friday 1 December and made over 100 lanterns.

Sara Stanley, Deputy Head from Northwick Manor Primary said: "The children had a fantastic day working with two the artists, Mr and Mrs Boffy, to create individual lanterns. As well as being an enjoyable day the children learnt lots of new skills that they can now begin to develop further in school. The staff had a workshop with the artist the evening before, to learn how to make the lanterns, so the whole project was a learning experience for both the children and staff at Northwick. We were very pleased to be given this opportunity by The Hive and are hoping that lots of the children will attend the Lantern Parade with their new lanterns."

This year's parade will start at 6pm from the new Worcester Cathedral Square. Worcestershire Youth Wind Orchestra will be playing festive music from 5.30pm before the parade makes its journey to The Hive for more live Christmas music from Bewdley Concert Band.

The parade is expecting to be the biggest one yet, with an estimated 200 children and adults taking part.

Staff at The Hive are encouraging local residents to take part in the parade.

Janine Downes, The Hive Library Manager, said: “The lantern parade has become a real community event in Worcester. It is a wonderful spectacle and whether or not you have your own torch or lantern to bring along it is a great event to see and be a part of.”

This year The Hive's Christmas trees have been decorated by the pupils in year 2 of Northwick Manor Primary. Illustrator Sarah Millin visited the school on 27 November to create the decorations, which were later added to the trees.

Sarah Millin said: “It was a great day working with 90 children from Year 2 of Northwick Manor Primary School. They worked really hard and created some lovely decorations using a variety of textures. They look fantastic on The Hive Christmas trees.”

Further festivities are happening at The Hive on 9 December:

  • Victorian Christmas Decoration Making from 10am to 3pm
  • Rat-a-tat Christmas storytelling Tales at 11am and 2.45pm
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Furry Tails performed by Widdershins Theatre Company at 12.45pm and 3pm. Tickets for the show cost £7 for adults and £3 for children.
  • Got 2 Sing Worcester Choir will be singing Christmas songs from 2 – 2.45pm, in between the Three Billy Goats Gruff shows.

Christmas crafts for pre-schoolers take place at The Hive on Thursday 7 and 21 December at 10.30am – 12pm.

To book onto these events and for ticket prices please visit www.thehiveworcester.org

Over the festive period The Hive's opening times will change.  On Saturday 23 December The Hive will close at 7pm and remain closed until Wednesday 27 December.  On Wednesday 27, Thursday 28, Friday 29 and Saturday 30 December The Hive will be open from 8.30am to 7pm.  It will be closed all day on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and reopen on Tuesday 2 January at 8.30am.