The Great Illuminated Lantern Excursion

One of the shadow pictures created by local school children

One of the shadow pictures created by local school children

On Saturday night we discovered there was “Moor than meets the eye” to a riverside walk on the way out of Bovey Tracey. 

Over 600 people joined us by lantern light to walk along a short section of the old Moretonhampstead to Newton Abbott railway line, which is now a multi use path linking Bovey the National Trusts Parke estate. We followed the route of the old track lined with twinkling candle light to a night garden lit with shadow pictures inspired by the railway, the Victorians and the wildlife heritage of the Bovey Valley. It was a fantastic night- we were lucky to get the only dry day of the week.

The night was the culmination of a month long project working with local schools, the Bovey Heritage Centre and storyteller Sara Hurley to uncover  a glimpse of the Victorians who built the railway almost 150 years ago. Children from Bovey Tracey Primary School, Moretonhampstead Primary School and Blackpool Cof E Primary School all helped create artwork such as tissue lanterns, shadow story screens and lantern bags to bring the past to life for one night.

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