The Candlelight Procession celebrates an age-old tradition which began in 1896 when Princess Eugenie of France visited Bournemouth to be greeted by a beautiful candlelit walkway lighting her way all through the town.
The event today has become a candlelit walk through the town’s beautiful Lower Gardens along to Pier Approach to which the whole community can contribute and enjoy.
People from all around Bournemouth are welcome to come down any time from 7pm, collect a free taper and light their choice of lantern in the many decorative displays representing animals, cartoon characters, destinations and iconic symbols dotted around the Gardens. The result is a magical candle-lit kingdom, a tableau of colour and a shared sense of collaboration and community.
The procession follows at 8:45pm. If you’re visiting with youngsters who want to take part, get in touch with Bournemouth Tourism on email@example.com or 01202 451734 to register your place. You’ll be provided with procession torches and hanging lanterns and invited to walk with ‘Empress Elizabeth’ down to the seafront, where your lanterns will form part of a special finale.
The Candlelight Procession (previously known as Candlelight Nights) on 2 August marks the start of a month of events where every Wednesday (9th, 16th and 23rd) people of all ages are welcome to come down at dusk and relight the displays. The procession lasts around 20 minutes and is repeated each week of the event.