No lantern procession this year.

Forgive me looking ahead to winter – while we’re still hoping for summer to arrive – but Bath’s late autumn gloom is going to seem just a little darker this year.

The Holburne Museum has revealed it is not going to be holding its annual lantern procession in November – despite the fact that last year’s event was the most successful to date.

Mr Badger waiting at the Holburne for the ‘off!’ at last year’s procession.

Hundreds of youngsters and their families took part in the colourful procession that corresponded with the city’s Christmas lights being switched on too.

A spokesperson for the Holburne told Bath Newseum:

‘I’m afraid it’s true, we’ve had to make the difficult decision not to go ahead with our annual procession this year. 

Just one of the amazing mythical creatures in last year’s procession.


We have been victims of our own success as we have worked hard to improve the procession every year and last year was the most spectacular to date, but sadly we just don’t have the resources to continue growing the event, and for our centenary year we decided to make the focus our three major exhibitions.’

Whether this is just a blip – or the total end of the annual event – remains to be seen. 

Maybe someone can wave a magic wand and find the Holburne a sponsor.