Slaithwaite Moonshine Festival of Light

Shining with Creative Positivity

24th - 27th February 2022

It is vital that you adhere to the COVID Guidelines regarding travel, meeting up and social distancing.

About Slaithwaite's Moonshine Festival of Light

For the second year running we are inviting residents of Slaithwaite to create a mass street spectacle, lighting up the community with an illuminated trail of specially created pictures displayed in their windows. Last year we had over 400 pictures and we would dearly love to increase the numbers taking part to build on the spectacle. We have a theme this year of WATER as we are a community with 2 water courses and in the Pennines! We also want to highlight the issues of lack of access to clean water around the world, how these impact on everyday lives and what we can do to bring about change.

‘Water, water, everywhere,
but not a drop to drink’, they say
but water is enough, we say –
enough to make you think –
about the picture you create
to make your window shine :
we know you all ache to Moonrake
but Moonshine is divine.

How to get involved

It is vital that you adhere to the COVID Guidelines regarding travel, meeting up and social distancing.

We would like residents to:

  • Make a window picture in your house or business premises on the theme of Water. Specialist materials, making techniques and design ideas can be found on our downloads section. We will be running some video tutorials too, over half term. Please hide a ginger cat in your picture (in memory of Tinker who hung out by Lock 22 on the canal). We can help you being involved.

  • Liaise with your street ambassador to get materials, discuss ideas and help encourage neighbours to take part. You should get a letter of introduction through your door, if not please email mrmoon@slaithwiatemoonraking,

  • Light your window picture over the last 4 days of February half term week in the early evening 6-9pm on the 24th/25th/26/27th February.

  • Take part in the Moonshine Trail and (unless guidelines change) invite your friends, colleagues, associates, and family from near and far to come and enjoy the wonderful picture spectacle. Last year we had over 400 windows, so you may have to go round more than once to catch everything.

If you don’t live in Slaithwaite and want to take part, there will be gallery windows in the village centre for outlying schools and residents to exhibit their pictures in. Please request some space through our contact page.

Donations for materials and to help us raise money for the full Moonraking Lantern Parade in 2023 can be made on our donations page.


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We can help you being involved

  • Street Ambassadors: So that we can keep people safe and reach as many people as possible, we have a network of street ambassadors who will represent a block, a street, or a terrace of houses. They spread the word and act as a point of contact between neighbours and co-ordinate ideas and materials. To volunteer as street ambassador for your patch, or to find out if you already have someone, please register your participation through the contact page giving the name of your street.
  • Order a starter pack of materials through your Ambassador. We have shown you 3 different techniques for making an illuminated picture. They are called, Cut It, Colour It, and Construct It and can be seen on How to videos.  The starter sheet, with a list of materials in the packs and what you will need to provide for each technique is on our downloads. These are free, but we would welcome any donation you can make.
  • Design your picture: Our 2022 Picture theme is WATER in celebration of our river, canal and Pennine weather! You can stay local, take us to far off watery worlds, highlight global climate issues or celebrate wildlife – the window stage is yours! There are some themed resources on our inspiration page. You can also get ideas from books, magazines and research on line.
  • You can do your own thing. If you have your own ideas about what should be in your picture….or how to create it GREAT. Please share with us too…all ideas are welcome!
  • Don’t forget the Cat! In memory of Tinker the ginger cat who was a regular feature at Canal Lock 21 we are asking you to hide a cat in your design so those who are viewing can see how many they can spot.
  • Make a Window Picture for a neighbour. If there are elders in your street who would like to be part of the Moonshine display, make an extra picture for them to put up.


  • Get your activity/church/social group involved. You can make some pictures for the Gallery Windows in shops and promote your group. Please register your participation through our contact page giving name of group. We are pleased that all the local primary schools are taking part.


  • If you’re a Moonraker who doesn’t live in Slaithwaite you can make an illuminated picture for your window and send us the image of it lit on our social media and tell us your connection to the festival. Or add to our Gallery Windows in the village so your creation is part of the Moonshine Map.


Remember…..The main thing is to have fun decorating a window with a picture that can be lit. The more people take part the more wonderful it will be!

How-to Videos

Rachel Ellis and Frances Noon (our Moonraking Lantern artists) have created these short ‘How-to’ videos demonstrating 3 techniques for creating window pictures that shine. You can use one, or a combination of these for your window design.