Islanders are being invited to take a magical evening walk with the New Carnival Company (NCC) along an animated lantern trail at The Garlic Farm in Newchurch next Friday and Saturday (26th/27th October). 

The Dark Nights Lantern Walk begins at 18:00 each night and will follow ancient paths through fields and woodland. Participants can enjoy impressive illuminated sculptures, art installations, music and performance along the way.

The NCC has been working with local schools and groups to create many familiar creatures, with old Island names, for the event. Expect to encounter a mallishag (large caterpillar), snaake’s stang (dragonfly), rattlemouse (bat), renyard (fox) and many more clever creations along the trail.

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Frankie Goldspink, creative director of the NCC, said:

“This year’s Dark Nights theme celebrates our verbal heritage through the IW dialect.  By involving so many school children and community members to explore these old local words and phrases as inspiration for their lanterns, we hope that we are doing our bit to keep Island traditions alive.”

There will be live performance courtesy of students from IW College, with hot food and drink available to buy after the walk.

During the October half term in preparation for Dark Nights, families and accompanied children are welcome to drop in to several free creative workshops. Make IW gallybaggers (scarecrows) on Monday 22nd October at Arreton Community Hall between 10:30-15:30, or join the community lantern workshop from 14:00-16:00 on Tuesday 23tf, or Thursday 25yj, at St Mary’s Church Hall in Brading.

For more information about the Dark Nights event and workshops call 01983 716095 or email [email protected].

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