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Ryde Merry and Bright

The New Carnival Company CIC presents

Ryde Merry and Bright

Thursday 17 December, 5pm to 8pm

Visit Ryde after dusk to discover fantastic lantern creations and pop up entertainment on a walking circuit of about one mile around the town.     Visit the magical Wildlife Garden in Vernon Square and the Dark Sky Learning Zone at St Thomas’s and marvel at a collection of beautiful community made seasonal illuminations set in surprising locations.

Some shops will be offering late night shopping opportunities and there will be seasonal refreshments available at a number of locations. Covid-secure and social distancing rules will apply, as advised by the Government post Lockdown 2.

Ryde Merry and Bright walking trail maps will be available FREE for you to download or pick up from selected Ryde venues from early December.  We shall be animating High Street, Union Street, Cross Street, Town Square, Upper George Street, Minghella Square, Vernon Square and St Thomas garden.

How to get involved

  1. Open up your shop or café in the Town centre for a late-night shopping experience
  2. Decorate and light up your windows in a Merry and Bright way to enhance the magical atmosphere
  3. Come along dressed up all Merry and Bright. Bring your own lantern if you have made one.
  4. Offer your premises (outdoors, roof top or shop front), to display a community made lantern work for the evening.
  5. Create one of our commissioned Giant community lantern pieces.

Giant Community Lanterns

We are taking inspiration from a winter lantern parade in Switzerland (Basel) called Morgenstreich, (pictured below) which produces a carnival of large hand painted or decorated box lanterns.

These will be carried into the town centre during the day and switched on after dark.

We shall be inviting Ryde schools, organisations or individual artists to create these.

We can accommodate up to 10 of these large pieces, each needs to be decorated in keeping with our theme Ryde Merry and Bright.

The New Carnival Company can provide the structural Frame for this work and advise on decoration techniques and materials to use. The lanterns can be easily transported by carrying sedan-chair style.

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