When the Light Goes Out – Tatton Park

When the Light Goes Out – Tatton Park
Commemorating WW1 through memories, performance and sound
Sunday 11th November 2018 | 4pm – 6pm | FREE event (no booking required)

When the Light Goes Out – Tatton Park is part of a family arts programme commemorating the First World War. The weekend will include a street concert, parade, choirs, promenade performance and building projection created and inspired by the residents of Cheshire East and the roles their ancestors played in the Great War.

When the Light Goes Out draws together the four-year Cheshire East Reflects programme of activities and events created by Cheshire East Council to commemorate the First World War.

The programme also includes activities in Crewe on Saturday 10th November, 4pm – 6pm. Find out more about When the Light Goes Out – Crewe here.

When the Light Goes Out are outdoor early evening events which will go ahead whatever the weather, so ensure you dress appropriately.

*Please note that the event contains poignant and moving material that some may find upsetting 


Event Schedule

When the Light Goes Out takes place between 4pm and 6pm in the grounds of Tatton Park Mansion – you are welcome to join us for some or all of the event, but we recommend arriving before 5pm.

When the Light Goes Out – Promenade Performance
Walk the route anytime between 4pm and 5pm*
Route: Main Carpark >Forest Walkway > Stableyard > Chapel Walk> Woodland path > Mansion

As you meander from the main carpark into the Stableyard, look out for mini performances and movement exchanges, choirs singing, tanks being dismantled and games being played. Continue along remembrance corridor, listen to monologues about refugee and commonwealth participation in the war. Pause for a moment in the grieving forest to hear of heartbreak and broken families.

Created and performed by school children, groups and individuals from across the Cheshire East Borough through workshops and activity sessions led by professional theatre makers Yet Another Carnival.

*this is a self-guiding promenade event – take as much or as little time as you like to explore and interact with the programme of mini performances, monologues and installation works.

Keeping Watch – Building Projection
View from 4.30pm (10 minute film, looped)
Location: Tatton Mansion House (front)

A building projection artwork will transform Tatton Park Mansion into a timepiece – a portal back to 1918 where telegrams, letters and care packages from 2018 will be sent.

Through workshops and activity sessions led by digital artists Illuminos, school children and family groups have written letters and created modern day care packages to send through the Keeping Watch portal back to 1918.

Civic welcome, Service of Commemoration & extinguishing of the Commemorative Flame
From 5.15pm
Location: Tatton Mansion House (front)

  • Welcome by Councillor Lesley Smetham, Mayor of Cheshire East
  • Short service of Commemoration, led by Archdeacon Ian Bishop
  • Key note address, Mr David Briggs MBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire.

Cantata Choirs
Location: Tatton Mansion House (front)

Singers from Cantata Choirs of Cheshire East come together to perform a short presentation of some of the songs from Over by Christmas, with music written and arranged by Matt Baker. This musical tribute to the thousands of young troops who departed for the battlegrounds of Northern Europe at the start of World War One was first performed at railway stations across the whole of Cheshire in 2014 by members of Theatre in the Quarter from Chester and numerous local community choirs.


Useful Information

Come prepared

When the Light Goes Out is an outdoor early evening event, which will take place even if the weather turns bad. So bring your waterproof coat, an umbrella, hat, gloves and scarf – you can always take a layer off if you get too warm.

Although most of the event takes place on a hard surface, on occasion you will need to walk across some uneven ground so sturdy shoes are recommended.

The distance from the main car park to the front of the Mansion is roughly 500m. From the Drop-off area & collection area it’s about 250m.


Please use the main Tatton Park car park. An overflow carpark will be available if required.

Accessible Parking / Drop off & collection area

A Drop off zone for disabled passengers and limited blue badge holder spaces are available in the Stableyard car park, close to the Mansion and Gardens. Blue badge holder spaces are available in the main car park with level tarmac/flagstone access to Stableyard (200m). Blue badge parking is available close to the Farm and Old Hall (by prior arrangement). Provision is made for nearest available areas for large parkland events/shows.

Please note that vehicle access to and from all carparks will be restricted between 5pm & 6pm. This is due to the main access road being closed in-front of the Mansion for the event.

Refreshments & Food

Hot and cold drinks as well as food will be available to purchase from the Stables, which will be open throughout the event. The Stables offers self-service style dining with a menu focused on using Estate produce and harvest where possible and home grown, home made, seasonal produce.


Toilets are available in the Stableyard.


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When the Light Goes Out – Tatton Park (event information and schedule)

Image: Illuminos

When the Light Goes Out – Tatton Park

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