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Winter Lantern Parade with fireworks finale

Sunday 7 November

4pm to 8pm

Chitty's Lane to Valence Park

In partnership with Creative Barking & Dagenham.

Come and cheer on the procession of light from Chitty's Lane to Valence Park, Dagenham. 

The Winter Lantern Parade takes place on Chitty's Lane to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first houses built on the estate as part of our Becontree Forever programme. To mark this occasion, we will be holding a parade on Sunday 7 November at 4.30pm to start from Henry Green Primary School on Chitty’s Lane and end up at Valence Park, where there will be a free, family event starting at 4pm with amazing stage acts, live music and street theatre followed by a spectacular fireworks finale display.

The parade, organised in partnership with Creative Barking & Dagenham, will involve the local schools and residents around the area and will include handmade big head puppets and lanterns - bring your own handmade lantern or make one at our workshops.

We will be working with Henry Green Primary School, Becontree Primary School and Valence Primary School to create the artwork and there will be an opportunity for families to attend free creative workshops.

WLP Leaflet.pdf

Parade Registration

*Please note you do not need to register to attend the event at Valence Park, only registration required if you want to take part in the parade.

Covid still costs lives, so to try to avoid the spread, we are asking participant leads to complete the Covid form below to show that those over the age of 11 have shown you proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test result:

WLP - COVID Record Form.doc

Please read and share Parade Safety Guidelines:

Parade Safety Guidelines.docx

Road Closures

To ensure public safety on the Winter Lantern Parade, there will be road closures in place around Dagenham. Please note Chitty's Lane will be closed from 4pm till approximately 5pm from the junction of Mayfield Road to Green Lane. Prior to the parade leaving, access for residents only will be granted with proof of address up until 4.30pm. Please be aware Green Lane will be closed from the junction of Joan Road to Bennett's Castle Lane between 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Please note the parade route and road closures in place for short periods of time, which may cause some delays.

WLP Route

A huge thank you to our supporters, including Henry Green Primary School, Becontree Primary School, Valence Primary School, Creative Barking & Dagenham, Global Streets, Arts Council England, Here For Culture, and Becontree Forever. 

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Barking and Dagenham have a strong tradition of parades and processions over our past, including the Dagenham Town Show parades which from the 1950s saw parade participants carry big heads depicting characters including local and national figures. 

3.30pm - Schools arrival

3.45pm - Arrival and registration at Henry Green School

4.15pm - Safety Briefing

4.30pm - Parade leaves Chitty's Lane

               - Right on to Mayfelid Road

               - Right on to Baron Road

               - Left on to Green Lane

               - Right on to Walnut Tree Road

               - Left on to Warrington Road

               - Cross road in to Valence Park

Everyone is welcome to be part of the parade although places are limited, so please register your place using the link below.

Parade Registration

*Please note you do not need to register to attend the event at Valence Park, only registration required if you want to take part in the parade.

All those on the parade 11 years of age and above must show proof of a negative lateral flow test on arrival to Henry Green School.

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Join us at Valence Park between 4pm to 8pm for a free family event with stage entertainment and music plus magical street theatre acts that will wow crowds.

The beautiful procession of light will enter the park as part of the event with large big heads puppets and lanterns made by local families and schools to celebrate the centenary.

The event includes funfair rides, all your favorite food stalls and the best hot chocolate to keep you warm on a winter's night.

The event will conclude with a free fireworks extravaganza to music, that is not to be missed.


4pmWelcome and Introduction
4.05pmThe Lips
4.30pmStrobe Band
5.20pmParade arrives
5.25pmMayor's speech
5.30pmThe Lips
6.05pmStrobe Band
6.05pmBaby Dundu roving
6.45pmSpark! roving
7pmSharing the Light: Big Dundu roving
7.15pmSpark! and The Lips roving
7.30pmFireworks display


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Join us to make lanterns for the parade (please arrive promptly) -  

  • Tuesday 26 October, 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm, Henry Green School, Green Lane RM8 1UR
  • Wednesday 27 October, 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm, Becontree Primary School, Stevens Road, RM8 2QR
  • Friday 29 October, 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm, Arts & Culture Hub at Valence Library
  • Saturday 30 October, 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm, Arts & Culture Hub at Valence Library
  • Saturday 6 November, 10am – 1pm, Arts & Culture Hub at Valence Library

Children must be accompanied by adults and children must be 7 years and above to take part in the workshops.

Workshop registration

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  • Please adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines
  • No alcohol brought on site
  • No weapons or tools on site
  • No glass on site
  • No unsealed bottles
  • No gazebos and BBQs (folding chairs are permitted)
  • No fireworks, sparklers, pyrotechnics and smoke devices
  • No uncontrolled or dangerous dogs on site
  • No dogs due to the fireworks
  • Do not leave pets in vehicles
  • No drones on site
  • No driving on site unless in the permitted hours with a security escort
  • In permitted hours the speed limit is 5mph with hazard lights on
  • Please keep children with you at all times
  • Searches may be undertaken
  • Official photography and film will be taken please see signage around site

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  • Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 including a new, continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change of taste/smell or if you have contacted by NHS Track and Trace and instructed to self isolate. All on site should not attend if they have symptoms of Covid-19.
  • All those on the parade 11 years of age and above must show proof of a negative lateral flow test on arrival to Henry Green School.
  • We encourage those taking part in the parade to take a lateral flow test before and after attending.
  • Tests can be picked up or ordered for free at your local pharmacy or online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
  • Everyone working/performing/exhibiting on site on site over the age of 16 years is required to show a negative lateral flow test on site on arrival.
  • Everyone is encouraged to wear masks whilst in confined spaces such as small marquees or when there is close proximity work taking place (less than 1m+).
  • We strongly advise those with health conditions to wear a mask unless exempt and take extra care with social distancing and hygiene protocols.
  • Everyone is welcome to wear a face mask at any time when not required to wear them.
  • Please clean hands regularly at the sanitiser stations. To protect yourself from coronavirus infection, wash hands frequently including forearms where exposed (for at least 20 seconds) or use a hand sanitiser.
  • NHS QR Track and Trace codes will be available at the events. Contact for each group lead are kept on record for Track and Trace.
  • If you feel ill during your on site, please inform the Events Team immediately if you are displaying Covid-19 symptoms and you will be asked to go home. Please share contacts via NHS Test and Trace by calling 119 and follow advice/procedure provided by NHS.
  • If you are unwell and need medical assistance there will be a first aid base on site where you will be able to get first aid and assistance. There will be an ambulance following the parade.
  • Please adhere to good oral hygiene and avoid touching your face, nose, and eyes.
  • Keep your distance from others where possible.