Light Gardens, Cleethorpes

ANNOUNCING a brand new FREE family event, taking place over the evenings of 25 and 26 October in Pier Gardens, Cleethorpes.

Developed and presented by Birdhouse, the event will feature a range of intimate and inspiring lighting installations from leading artists, creating an interactive trail for all ages.

There will also be a participatory lantern parade along with performances from the show-stopping World Beaters, with their set Spark!

The event is supported by Arts Council England, Coast NEL through the Coastal Communities Fund and Big Local North Cleethorpes.

Light Gardens will host Sheffield artists Pif Paf, who will be installing their unique interactive piece, called Celestial Sound Cloud. Visitors are invited to move under it as it changes colour and plays especially-created music.

Grimsby artist Nicky Dillerstone is creating bespoke illuminated art work to be installed in the Wildlife Garden area of Pier Gardens, including work that relates to the three owls emblem of Cleethorpes.

Norfolk based artists Amberlights will present a beautiful Seed of Life installation, which visitors can step inside of, to enjoy the atmospheric reflections. Amber Lights are also presenting their mesmerising Tree of Life installation. Both Pif Paf and Amberlights featured as part of Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights event in 2018.

Grimsby’s Gill Hobson will bring the wonders of the solar system to earth with her immersive installation, Infinite Skies.

In addition, Light Gardens will also host artist Mark Anderson who will be presenting Feather Dervishes, also to be seen at Durham Lumiere later this year.

Feather Dervishes by Mark Anderson
Feather Dervishes by Mark Anderson
Celestial Sound Cloud by Pif-Paf
Celestial Sound Cloud by Pif-Paf

Children are invited to book onto half term workshops to make creative lanterns with artists, ahead of the launch parade planned for the evening of Friday 25th.

In addition, visitors will also be invited to step inside a giant ‘Birdhouse’ to hear short stories for small audiences.

Announcing a new element for Light Gardens…

A Bird in the Hand Theatre is bringing their lovely children’s show, Midnight, to Moon on the Water on Friday and you can see it for FREE. Book to see this at 4pm as part of your Light Gardens adventure!

Midnight is a dream-like show about time, the night and dreaming. And about clever cats and really silly dogs.

For family audiences with children age 5+, Midnight combines beautiful puppetry, music and storytelling and runs from 4pm – 5pm.

Book your free places here.

Light Gardens will also include appearances from this company’s beautiful Woodland Creature Puppets during the evening.

Charlotte Bowen, Creative Director for Birdhouse said: “we’ll be bringing a unique experience to Cleethorpes for residents and visitors.

“We are creating an intimate trail around the lovely Pier Gardens, which we have used before for day-time engagement activity.

“There will be a number of differing installations and experiences to make this an experiential event, together with exciting live activity.”

Charlotte continued: “One of the highlights of Light Gardens is set to be performances from the amazing World Beaters, who will present their incredible show, Spark! offering an unbeatable live music and light experience.”

Light Gardens is free and will take place from 4pm until 9pm on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October. More activity is to be announced along with information regarding specific installation locations nearer to the event.

Nearby cafes Suzie’s Cup of Joy on Alexandra Road and Riverhead Coffee on St Peter’s Avenue will be open through til 9pm both evenings.

To be kept up to date regarding Light Gardens, follow the Facebook page @birdhousetheatre and check back on the website.