Parading Through The Town


Friday 26 November 2021, 7pm

What’s New?

The Town Council has agreed to trial a few changes to the procession route to make it more comfortable for visitors to watch the procession and to free up space along Sun Street – this may help if there are still social distancing measures in place.

The parade will start as normal at the Town Hall but will proceed along Leverton Way, Quaker Lane, turning into Sun Street on the corner by the library. Some visitors may find it more comfortable watching the procession from the wider pavements along Quaker Lane.
Local businesses in Sun Street will be encouraged to stay open so there is still lots to see and do after the barriers have been removed.

Discussions are also underway to relocate the larger fairground rides to the Quaker Lane Car Park, with more stalls in and around Market Square.

Joining in the fun


If you would like to join in the procession with a float or as part of the walking procession, ring 01992 714949 or email [email protected] for more details.
Stalls are also welcome from businesses, traders and charities but you will need to provide a copy of your public liability insurance. 

Download application form as 

So what’s the new route?

Procession assembles in Cornmill Car Park ready to leave at 6:50pm

19:00 Procession pauses outside the Town Hall for the big switch on

19:15 Procession begins on the new route via Quaker Lane, turning left into Sun Street at junction with Darby Drive. Parade continues down Sun Street back towards Town Hall

19:35 Procession pauses in Church St – Barriers cleared in Sun Street Pedestrian participants disperse, vehicles return to Cornmill Car Park

19:45 Onwards – Carol-oke singalong outside Abbey Church


(Details from various conversations on facebook)

Darby Drive car park will be open, as will most of Cornmill and some of the Quaker Lane Car Park.

Designated bays in Quaker Lane Car Park will be closed for the Cavalcade of Light from 6pm on Thurs 25 Nov. Limited parking will be available. The car park will return to normal on Sat 27 Nov.

Find other car parks at

Another good place is the Town Mead car park (accessed from Brooker Road) with a few minutes walk up to the Market Square.

There is also the Lee Valley Parks car park by the Abbey Gardens

There is also lots of street parking available just outside the town centre.


Please remember to check opening hours, restrictions and charges if you use any of the car parks. They are not all the same.

But of course, please walk if you are able to !