Illuminate Festival programme will light up Historic Harwich

Thursday, 10 March, 2022
Spark drummers at the of the procession at the 2019 Illuminate Festival

A stunning programme has been unveiled for this month’s Illuminate Festival in Historic Harwich.

Visitors will be welcomed along The Quay in the town from 6pm on Friday, 25 March with a performance from local choir Harwich Sing, while street entertainment will mingle with the crowds.

The event will then take to the skies with a spectacular aerobatic flight display from the Fireflies, due to begin at 6.30pm.

Following the aerial show eyes will turn back to The Quay where the dramatic Sparks! drummers will perform as the torch-lit procession forms up behind them to parade around the town.

As the procession returns there will be a feast of entertainment throughout the evening, from stilt walkers and the light gliders, to Sparks! and Harwich Sing; all accompanied by light projections along the waterfront.

Well-known radio presenters Steve Scruton and Ian Wyatt will be hosting the event, which runs until 9.30pm, while there are also food stands on and around the event site.

Alex Porter, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council (TDC), which is staging the festival, said the event was one not to be missed.

“Illuminate Festival is a brilliant, visually stunning celebration of Harwich’s history, and we’re so excited to bring the event back after its pandemic-forced absence,” Councillor Porter said.

“The festival is fun for all the family, with children encouraged to take part in the procession, so why not wrap up and spend your Friday evening in beautiful Harwich?”

TDC is working with the Harwich Festival of the Arts, who are running lantern making workshops in local schools to form the torch-lit procession, and the Grand Theatre of Lemmings which is providing the street entertainment.

For the latest information on the Illuminate Festival people should visit the Historic Harwich website ( or Facebook page, or check out the LoveTendring tourism and events app, free to download on Apple and Android devices.

The 2019 Harwich Illuminate Festival saw an estimated 6,000 visitors across two days of activities.

Last updated on: 10/03/2022 - 15:38