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Magical lights at Dark Nights

More than 800 people took a magical lantern walk with the New Carnival Company (NCC) to experience Dark Nights at The Garlic Farm last weekend (October 26 and 27).

Participants were treated to an array of impressive illuminated creatures and installations created around the theme of IW Dialect – our Verbal Heritage.

A water-geal (double rainbow), two gurt mallishags (large caterpillars) and a friendly animated screech owl (mistle thrush) were just some of the many delights encountered along this educational countryside walk.  All were created specifically for Dark Nights by local community members, artists and schoolchildren, including those from Newchurch, Arreton, Broadlea and Wootton Primary Schools.

Workshops were also held before the event to produce beautiful daffydowndilly (daffodil), ridweed (poppy), dumbledore (bumblebee) and Gods almighty cow (ladybird) lanterns, which helped to light the way.

Students from IW College provided the otherworldly outdoor performance, based on traditional children’s games, hoopie (hide and seek) and duckstooan (throwing game using stones).

Gina Dyer, lead artist for the NCC said, “We were overwhelmed with the level of creativity from all who supported the event over both nights. Everyone made so much effort to ensure their beautiful creation was in keeping with the word it represented. It truly was an illuminating event is so many ways.”

The Garlic Farm kindly hosted the event, which is organised as part of the East Wight Landscape Partnership‘s ‘Down to the Coast’ project and supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Dark Nights celebrates the passing of seasons and the shift from British Summer Time into dark winter nights.


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