In 2013 Ilfracombe Town Council were offered the opportunity to purchase The Lantern, historically a Church, more recently owned by Devon County Council, when it was used as a centre for Devon’s Youth Service and as a community building until closing in 2012. After much deliberation and discussion and after consultation with the Ilfracombe community it was decided we would take it on.
In November 2015, as part of Ilfracombes fabulous Lighting of the Lights evening, The Lantern opened its doors to the community for the first time in 3 years. A great event saw hundreds packed into The Great Hall, a fitting celebration of this wonderful building being used once again.
The Lantern preschool to return in time for new 2016 school year and the café was opened under the management of the Joshua Tree Project in April 2017.
For more information, to hire a room or to rent an office please contact us on 01271 855300, use the contact form on this page or email email@example.com. You can also find us on Facebook @thelanternilfracombe.