We empower people to make wonderful things happen on their streets. Our amazing community-centred events bring joyful celebration to outdoor spaces nationwide. We can provide an entire package to help get your local community involved in place-making.

We’re specialists in creating events to excite audiences, making spaces and places shine. Our handmade artworks, musicians and performers bring real charm to any occasion. 

We’re specialists in creating events that excite audiences and our handmade artworks bring real charm to any occasion. We’ll work closely with you to make something truly memorable.

We can help you to reach people, there’s always an inclusive solution to get everyone involved. If they can’t come to us, we go to them! Our outreach sessions can visit schools, libraries, health-care settings, support groups – you tell us who you want to include and we’ll design the perfect way to make a connection.

Looking for a spectacular show-stopper? Whatever your idea, we’re here to bring it to life. Hire our artworks, or commission a beautiful bespoke piece – our artistic team has decades of experience and we love a challenge. 

Do you have a burning desire to see a giant bear dance through your town centre? Has it always been your dream to see a flock of mythical birds fly through your local park? Whatever your idea, we’re here to bring it to life. Our artistic team has decades of experience and we love a challenge – talk to us about your grand plans and we’ll get our thinking caps on.

Ready to upskill? We can teach you how to create an amazing event! Workshops, masterclasses, training sessions and school visits – learn how we work collaboratively, guaranteed fun for all.

Thank you so much for being so inclusive and supportive. My brother attended the workshops and parade, despite having mobility difficulties. He joined the parade and the drumming workshop. Thank you, too, to everyone who helped us move through the crowds and across the grass. We had a marvellous experience.
Uplifting. Positive. Creative. Shared joyfulness. New friends. Togetherness. Accessible. A welcome change to current affairs and a healthy reminder of goodness.
Colne Winter Bloom

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Manchester Christmas Parade

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Barnsley Bright Nights

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Halifax Christmas Lights Switch On

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Dewsbury Town Hall for World Mental Health Day

For World Mental Health Day we set up outside Dewsbury Town Hall with our friends from CLEAR Community Links. There [...]

Paisley Halloween Festival

We had a spooky team up in Scotland week for Paisley Halloween Festival

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RSPB Old Moor Lantern Trail

Spellbound by nature is this years theme to RSPB Wildlights lantern trail.

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Preston – Torchlight Procession

Here are some amazing photos from the utterly brilliant Preston Torchlight Procession. I was a pleasure to be part of [...]

Hebden Bridge – Blackshaw Head Fete

We were at the Blackshaw Head Fete today working with the Many Hands crew to do something a little different!

Cultural bridge with Kapuziner Kreativzentrum in Ravensburg, Germany

Did you know that we’ve been building a cultural bridge with Kapuziner Kreativzentrum in Ravensburg, Germany?

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Harrogate International Festival

Some great shots here from Harrogate International Festival, we even made ”Picture of the Day” in The Telegraph. Fancy!

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Hull – Peel Street Festival

We were thrilled to be a part of the gorgeous Peel Street Park Festival celebrates the heritage and history of [...]

Holmfirth – Forces of Nature Parade

It was great to be part of the Holmfirth Arts Festival! What a fantastic parade, well done and many thanks [...]

Hebden Bridge puppet-making masterclass with Thingumajig Theatre

Our latest puppet-making class at Handmade HQ in Hebden Bridge has been a blast! 12 super talented artists made two giant [...]

New website, fresh branding, Spring is in the air!

Exciting times! We're delighted to finally share with you our new branding and website. [...]

Colne – Winter Bloom

A spectacular light parade, whimsical window walk, market stalls and performances in Colne. [...]

RSPB Old Moor Lantern Trail

After the sell out success of Ripples Lantern Trail last year, Handmade Parade returned to RSPB Old Moor, Barnsley, bringing [...]

Leeds – Light Night

This 13th and 14th October 2022 we joined in the amazing ‘art in the dark’ light installations of Light Night [...]

Hebden Bridge – Handmade Parade 2022

Handmade Parade’s long-waited return to Hebden Bridge (after a Covid hiatus of three years) was again postponed but only slightly [...]

Knowsley – Kings Queens and Mr Lear Parade

As part of Knowsley’s year as Borough of Culture where ‘Every Town and Village Tells Their Story’ Knowsley Village enjoyed [...]

Halifax – Windows on the World

For a colourful and collaborative project, the people of Calderdale together created artwork for an exhibition in Halifax. The Windows [...]

Colne – Whimsical Window Walk

The Whimsical Window Walk took place in Colne on Saturday 12th March 2022. Our artists worked with Colne BID and [...]

Todmorden Lamplighter Festival returns

The Todmorden Lamplighter Festival has been sorely missed over the last few years but it finally returned on February 12th [...]

Tameside Winter Celebration – Northern Lights

Thank you to everyone who came to or participated in Northern Lights – Tameside Winter Celebration! We were overwhelmed with [...]

Hebden Bridge – Handmade Parade 2019

The 2019 annual Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade had the theme ‘Once upon a time’. The parade was based on European [...]

David Hockney 80th Birthday Puppet Parade

As part of the celebrations to commemorate David Hockney’s 80th birthday, a fabulous bespectacled parade took place at Lister Park [...]

Hull – The Extraordinary Orchard Park Parade

The Extraordinary Orchard Park Parade and mini parade was the culmination of several months work.

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Pangyo – South Korea residency

In 2016 we went global with a month-long residency in South Korea. Handmade Parade artists Andrew Kim and Sue Walpole [...]

Todmorden Fantastical Cycle Parade

In celebration of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, the Fantastical Cycle Parade was a glorious ride through the streets of Todmorden with [...]

Skipton – Puppet Parade

We taught puppet-making workshops and helped to co-ordinate this puppet parade for the Skipton International Puppet Festival. [...]

Pre-parade portraits for Handmade Parade

Pre-parade costume portraits taken on the last day of open workshops.

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Calderdale – Valley of Lights

In response to the serious flooding in the upper Calder, Valley of Lights was created to help boost spirits and [...]

Mytholmroyd – Rochdale Canal Fest

A one-day pageant we created in Mytholmroyd as part the Rochdale Canal Festival. [...]

Hebden Bridge – Handmade Parade

Where it all started, the first Handmade Parade! [...]