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Free Workington Hall & Parklands Winter Light and Sound Festival returns

Luke Stamper

Luke Stamper

Posted on 21 November 2022

A popular light and sound festival is set to return to Workington.

Following a successful pilot event organised by Allerdale Borough Council last year, Workington Hall and its parklands are set to become alive with music and a visual journey through Workington’s history at the Winter Light and Sound Festival being held on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 December, from 5pm – 9pm. 

Throughout the event, Workington Hall and its surroundings will be transformed into a magical illuminated wonderland. Visitors will be able to wander through the footpaths amid a soundscape of music created by West Cumbria-based charity, Soundwave. 

Visitors will also be treated to a journey through Workington’s history as historical images of the town, supplied by the Helena Thompson Museum, will be projected onto the side of the hall by Cockermouth-based Fluid Productions.

Staff from the Helena Thompson Museum will also be on hand throughout the evening to provide information about the images on display to attendees. 

Councillor Mike Johnson, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, said: “I would like to encourage everyone to come and enjoy this fantastic event which I hope will make people get into the Christmas spirit. It’s also a great opportunity to explore the parkland, either by discovering a new venue on their doorstep, or reacquainting themselves with a place they haven’t been to in a while, and what better way to do it than with the fantastic audio and visual displays provided by Fluid Productions and Soundwave. I also hope people will learn something about the fascinating history of the town from those linked with The Helena Thompson Museum.

“With plenty on offer for people of all ages, this is an event not to be missed and something really different to enjoy in the run up to Christmas”. 

A spokesperson from the Helena Thompson Museum said: “We are delighted to be able to bring the history of Workington to life at this event.  Images from the Helena Thompson Museum archive will be projected on to the walls of Workington Hall to illuminate our town's long, proud history. 

“There will be some well-known images, but many will reveal some of the less well known people and events from the past.”

The event is free to attend and will also feature a variety of food stalls and fairground rides for children.

Visitors to the Workington Hall Sound and Light events are asked to wear sensible footwear and bring a torch.