Morecambe Sparkle CIC is excited to introduce a series of standout installations for the upcoming Baylight '24 festival. Amidst the 12 captivating installations and a mile of light interventions, we invite you to see the Morecambe prom transformed in light over the 3 exciting nights of Baylight.

Be amazed as a giant sea creature’s tentacles take over the stunning Grade 2 listed Morecambe Winter Gardens. This fun installation promises to be a visual spectacle, seamlessly blending creativity and innovation to bring a touch of magic to Morecambe Seafront.

To help keep this extraordinary fusion of art and architecture going in the years ahead visitors are being asked for their support through donations via the Baylight website https://baylightmorecambe.co.uk/donate-baylight/ or paying by phone on the evening. Contributions will help to ensure the success of the Baylight festival and to allow it to continue bringing captivating experiences to the community for years to come.

With FREE entry for the public from 6 pm - 10 pm, the Baylight '24 festival welcomes everyone to witness this enchanting display. Go to Morecambe Promenade from February 15th - 17th during Half Term for an unforgettable experience and consider making a donation to support the festival. Readers’ generosity will help create lasting memories for all.

Event Details:

Name: Baylight '24

Date:               15th – 17th February 2024

Time:   6pm – 10pm (Friday Night Parade 6pm-7pm)

Location:         Morecambe Promenade

Website:          www.baylightmorecambe.co.uk

What to Expect at Baylight '24:

The main event, spanning 15th - 17th, 6pm – 10pm will showcase an expanded collection of 12 captivating installations and 1 mile of lighting surprises, transformations and experiences designed by an eclectic mix of local and national artists, with an array of selfie moments, including a piece from the Netherlands. The trail, strategically positioned along Morecambe Seafront, extends over a mile from the Sailing Club Jetty to the Midland Hotel and Stone Jetty, offering a breath-taking journey along the curving shapes of Morecambe Bay.

Friday Night sees an Under the Sea Parade take to Marine Road Central, offering opportunities for residents and attendees to make parade pieces during the half term week and be part of the spectacle, setting the tone for an exceptional weekend.

As the sun sets, the art pieces will come to life, reflecting and symbolising the beauty of Morecambe Bay's environment. With a rising tide in the evenings, the installations will cast enchanting reflections in the water, creating a magical ambiance.

Funding

Baylight '24 has benefited from a large injection of funding from Lancashire County Council, contributing £425,000, allowing two spectacular years from its £12.8m Economic Recovery & Growth Fund. With additional local funding from Morecambe Town Council and Morecambe BID.


The challenge now is to seek funding to allow Baylight to continue in coming years and visitors are asked to show their support through donations via the website or paying by phone on the evening and keep Baylight as a fixture on the Morecambe calendar.

Community Support

This year Morecambe Sparkle CIC is pleased to announce that it has received extra funding support from Morecambe’s local businesses and organisations. Grateful thanks go to:

  • Althams Butchers
  • Wright & Lord Solicitors
  • Heysham Power Stations
  • The Midland Hotel
  • West End Morecambe (Big Lottery)
  • The Royal Bar & Shaker
  • Waters & Atkinson Accountants
  • North Star Projects
  • Morecambe FC – Community Sports
  • Lancaster City Council
  • Contributors to a Crowdfund Lancashire campaign

And the Baylight team is once again very grateful to the roster of community volunteers offering their time to make the event a success, highlighting the collaborative effort to make Baylight '24 a resounding success.

County Councillor Aidy Riggott, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for economic development and growth, said:

"The first year of Baylight brought a real buzz to Morecambe and I'm excited to see the plans emerging for an even bigger and better event this winter.

"Baylight has already helped to lift the local economy during what is usually a quieter period, and I really hope our funding has sown the seed for the event to continue in future as it's clear that there's a real appetite for a winter lights festival.

"The team behind Baylight has done a fantastic job, and we will continue to offer advice to assist any future programmes. The lights look incredible against the spectacular setting of Morecambe Bay, and I'd encourage everyone to support this event now, and in the future, to keep the momentum going."

Support for the Future:

The Baylight team has this message to the Baylight community:

As we embark on the grandeur of Baylight '24, your support is essential to ensure the continued success of this annual celebration. Join us in creating a lasting impact on the Morecambe community when we launch our Baylight ‘25 fundraising campaign in January 2024.

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