Glow Badbury Event

The Glow Badbury project will culminate in a magical night-time event on Badbury Rings on 29th and 30th September. Emerald Ant, working with National Trust Kingston Lacy, are bringing you an exciting trail featuring 4 artworks and lanterns created by artists working with local school children and community groups. All artworks are inspired by the unique wildlife and ancient heritage of the Rings.

The trail will include a live performance by Paper Cinema, ‘Furrows in the Land’ is created by Year 6 and 7 children at Allenbourn Middle School, working with artist Nic Rawling. The piece will be performed by Paper Cinema musicians and puppeteers.

‘The Woodland Cathedral’ is a surround film experience in an oak woodland, illustrating the natural history of the Rings dating from the Big Bang to the current day. The many animals, plants and humans have been drawn and made into animated puppets by students at Allenbourn Middle School and Yewstock School, under the guidance of artist Sarah Butterworth. The film is the creation of Tom Hughes. It will be accompanied by a special soundscape drawn from compositions created by students at St Michaels Middle School, Witchampton First School and Yewstock School, working with composer Karen Wimhurst, voice artist Jane Silver-Corren, and assembled by sound artist Adrian Newton. 

The third artwork, ‘Almost Forgotten, the Story of the Clubmen’, is a live performance inspired by the gathering of 4000 Clubmen on Badbury Rings in 1645, who protested against the ongoing Civil War. Wimborne Community Theatre and Millstream Theatre are joined by a new WCT choir and local musicians, including recordings by marching band, the Quarterjacks of Wimborne. It is directed by Tony Horitz, with musical compositions by Karen Wimhurst and choreography by Claire Benson. 

We’d love you to make a lantern at home to bring to the event. Please follow our online workshop at  

Please note that in the case of inclement weather we plan to postpone the event to 6th and 7th October. We will be filming the event.

Download our Glow Badbury Trail Leaflet, and follow the link here for useful information to help you plan your evening at “Glow Badbury”.

The Glow Badbury project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the National Trust, and Dorset Council. It is a partnership project delivered by Emerald Ant, National Trust Kingston Lacy and the Museum of East Dorset.