Using Sky Lanterns Safely

With fireworks and bonfire night looming, flying sky lanterns have been in the news quite a lot.  Chinese sky lanterns can be safe, wonderful and can be a fabulous way to incorporate some feeling to any celebration or occasion. They’re also often considered easier to use, and more child friendly than fireworks so they might be just what you need to finish off you next get together.

Now, flying sky lanterns are ignited so they must be handled with a certain level of respect and care. It’s important to consider safety at all times as Cheshire Fire and Rescue has detailed when dealing with Chinese sky lanterns.  The following steps will help to get you on your way to a safe sky lantern event without a hitch.


  1. They must not be used in places where there are major obstacles such as buildings, power-lines, or large trees.
  2. Children should not be allowed to use them unsupervised
  3. Sky lanterns should only be used when there is no rain and low levels of wind.  This is due to their light weight, they can easily be blown away and out of sight quickly.
  4. Unlike fireworks, you don’t light a sky lantern and step away from them. They need to be supported to get into the air once they have been lit.  But once there have started to rise, you can let go and they will continue to rise steadily into the sky.
  5. or lanterns to fly correctly, they need to be fully expanded before they are lit.  Care should be taken to open them up without ripping them
  6. Although they’re considerably safer than fireworks, specific safeguards should be taken when using them. Be sure to have at least one or two specified individuals who’s job it is to release the lanterns. This should be an adult.
  7. The paper should be a flame retardant material.  You can ensure this by purchasing from a reputable supplier.
  8. Do not release lanterns near to airports
  9. Do not attempt to release lanterns that are damaged.
  10. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby just in case
  11. Children should wear gloves before being allowed near lanterns

After a safe event, it’s very important to clean up after yourself.  Make sure you take any litter from the sky lantern packaging and any other tools with you.  Even though lanterns from reputable suppliers are biodegradable, you should attempt to find where you lanterns have landed and take your used lanterns with you also.

The Heritage Site

The most prominent remains of the Hadrian’s Roman Wall World Heritage Site are to be found in this section of Northumberland. In this dramatic setting that was once the Northern Frontier of the Roman Empire, resides a friendly and welcoming people. This is a fantastic landscape with rolling hills and wide open countryside that has a particular appeal for those who appreciate fresh air and walking in the outdoors. There are walks for every level of walker, from the short walk for all the family, to the ascent some of some of the highest peaks – try a guided coffee shop walk or explore the natural world through verse and music and visit welcoming coffee shops, tea rooms and cafes at Simonburn, Chollerford, Horsley and Kirkharle. At Kirkharle, birthplace of Capability Brown, you will find a range of facinating craft shops where you can watch the artists at work. If it is art that you love you can spend an afernoon at the fifiefofum gallery or at the Horsley Print Makers.wall

You can treat yourself to fresh farm grown produce and a comprehensive range of in-season and exotic fresh fruit and vegetables from the reknowned Brockbushes Farm or take the Real Ale Tour at High House Farm Brewery to learn how beer is made and enjoy the award winning results. You can learn to drive a black Friesian horse and an elegant carriages or hire them for a special event from Carriagehorses of Wark. If you wish to be actively involved there are numerous workshops and courses for entertainment and education. So why not plan a visit to the wonderful Northumberland and to the wall on a sunny weekend or during a bank holiday in the UK.

This section of Northumberland is one of the least populated and unspoilt areas of England yet it is a treasure trove of holiday activities and in easy reach of the city of Newcastle. Many of the photographs used in this site were taken by Roger Clegg, one of the premier photographers of Northumberland. The images in Roger’s gallery will give you some idea of the famous and the little known attractions of the region.


A Global Culture Area since 1987, Hadrian’s Wall is definitely an astonishing accomplishment of manufacturing. This’s the most recognized and also the greatest maintained frontier from the Roman Power. The moment Hadrian’s men started to design the wall they were truly confronted with a relentlessly difficult and diverse landscape to overcome. Not necessarily the intense gushes of rapid waterways, the tough stone of the Whin Sill, neither mile after mile of rolling mountains would vanquish them. The Surface is Britain’s most outstanding and essential Roman structure. All together with the Antonine Wall as well as the Elevated German Raetian Limes, this makes up portion of the UNESCO Global Heritage Spot ‘Frontiers of the Roman Empire.’


When was the Wall constructed?


Upon eventually becoming Roman Emperor at 117AD, Hadrian went about helping make the Empire much more protected, splitting Roman and Barbarian regions. One of the most incredible instance concerning this is the wonderful Wall the man assigned the military to construct to characterize the north-west hinterland of the Roman Empire. This was a colossal undertaking in which he arrived to examine in AD122 whilst work was literally in progress. The Wall stretched all over 73 miles coming from Wallsend within the eastern side to the Solway Firth at the west. Even though the Wall itself completed at the Solway Firth, its fortifications, milecastles and spires carried on downward the Cumbrian coastline to Maryport with additional fortifications distinguishing the distances past to Ravenglass.


How was the Wall constructed?


It’s believed to have actually required 3 hordes of foot soldiers from the military of Britain about 6 years to finish the Wall and each troop was about 5,000 individuals strong. The legionary troops accounted for huge building duties such as constructing stone fortifications and bridges. Additional man-power might have been offered by troops from supporting troops recruited from allied and conquered tribes who assisted the troops in war and camped in the frontier garrisons.