Patina Moving On Parade: Let’s make waves!

Friday 1 July, 12.30pm onwards throughout Lewes


The annual primary school leavers’ event is back and more colourful than ever! As well as the traditional colourful parade through town, the day includes an illuminated art installation and twilight story-telling celebrating our local river and seas.

After a bit of a pandemic-related hiatus, Patina is back. The annual celebration marks Year Six students moving on from primary school, with a parade and costumes they’ve helped to make themselves.

This year, the theme is all about celebrating the ecology, history and geography of the River Ouse and the Sussex sea and the many amazing species they support

Each of the 14 schools involved will represent a local species from either the sea or the river in the parade down the High Street and School Hill. Each school will also be carrying a Wish Fish with the children’s wishes on its scales, to make a collective shoal of Wish Fish art piece in The Paddock, 12.30 – 3pm.

The day will round off with Twilight Tales storytelling for all the community with professional storytellers telling tales of the river and sagas of the sea. Bring a blanket and a picnic – there will be a bar and cafe.

The artwork will be lit up with solar lights, as the sun goes down.

See more details of the parade route and timings of all events here.

12.30 – 13.45 – Parade through town

13.45-15.00 – Creating the Wish Fish (The Paddock, Paddock Road – for students and their families)

19.00-22.00 – Twilight Tales and artwork illumination (The Paddock, Paddock Road – for all the community)



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