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, 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 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.