Helpful Information for Torchlight Procession attendees

21st November 2023

Tree of Life outside Lincoln Cathedral illuminated and surrounded by supporters

Over 1,500 people of all ages have signed up for our annual Torchlight Procession taking place in Uphill Lincoln on Tuesday 21st November.

As this year’s event has now sold out with more people taking part than ever before, for Health and Safety purposes, please do not arrive to take part in the Torchlight Procession if you have not booked a place. Registered names will be checked at the entrance gates. We are not selling tickets on our website, or on the gate as we are at a maximum capacity.

For those that have registered to take part, please read the following carefully in preparation for Tuesday evening’s event:

Before the event:
• With road closures in place in some areas from 6:30 pm and a large number of people taking part, please arrive with plenty of time to spare.
• Please car share with friends and family where possible.

Arriving at the event:
• Please have your registration forms to hand, either printed or accessible on your phone, so these can be easily checked by marshals.
• For those that have booked a place without a torch, there will be an opportunity to buy torches and battery-operated lanterns on the evening, although availability will be limited.
• Claytons Sports Ground is very uneven. If you have any mobility issues, please speak to a member of the team on your arrival.

During the event:
• Please be mindful of the weather conditions and wear suitable clothing and footwear.
• It is important to remember that the flaming torches drip wax and are a potential fire hazard.
• Dogs are unable to enter Clayton’s Sports Ground and will not be permitted to walk in the Procession.
• The Tower Hotel will be offering soup and wine to participants of the Torchlight Procession for the service of celebration and reflection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I park?
The Lincoln Christ Hospital School car park is open from 4:00pm until 9:00pm for this event. Please note all cars must be off site by 9:15pm as the car park will be locked until the following day. There is a maximum capacity of 450 cars, allocated on a first come first served basis.
Yarborough Leisure Centre car park is open from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm allocated by a parking attendant on a first come first served basis. Space here is very limited with a total of 30 car parking spaces. Please remember to advise that you are there for the Torchlight Procession.

What happens if there are adverse weather conditions?
We will be monitoring the weather and will make the best decision for the event, with the Health and Safety of attendees as the main priority. In ideal circumstances, we will look to go ahead weather permitting.
However, please monitor your emails and check our website and social media pages for up to date announcements.

What age do you have to be to walk in the Procession?
We welcome all ages to attend the Torchlight Procession. Please note that children aged 14 and under must be accompanied by someone over the age of 18. You must be 18 years old or above to walk with a torch.

Our St Barnabas Bereavement line will be open from 7 pm to 10 pm on the evening of the Procession for anyone who feels they need some additional support. You can contact the team on 0300 303 1897.

This year, both the Lincoln Cathedral & the Church of St Mary Magdelene will be open following the Torchlight Procession. St Barnabas staff and volunteers will be available to provide additional support and a space of reflection for participants.

Thank you so much for registering to take part in this event and supporting the Hospice. We are looking forward to sharing this experience with you.

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