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Light Up Lancaster


Market Square and other venues, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1HY

Tel: 01524 582394

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Light Up Lancaster

A Magical Festival of Light and Art

The annual festival sees thousands of visitors take to the streets after dark for a magical city-wide experience and illuminating art trail, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display.

Experience a magical after-dark light-art trail that literally shines a new light on the city’s familiar places, with massive projections, artworks and installations illuminating handsome historic buildings, squares, parks and monuments.

As with every year the festival concludes with a magical extravaganza of fireworks launched from Lancaster Castle on the Saturday evening. 

The display, which lights up the historic landscape and skyline of the city, continues to be one of the finest displays in the north. 

The fireworks will be launched from the roof of Lancaster’s medieval castle. Set to a rousing soundtrack, this will be an amazing experience with a great atmosphere – not to be missed!

Light Art Trail
Friday, November 2nd: 5.30pm to 10pm
Saturday, November 3rd: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Except Castle Area venues which close at 7pm on Saturday, November 3rd.

Family Workshops
Saturday, November 3rd – Daytime, Times as specified on individual listings

Find out more about the exciting Friday and Saturday artworks and installations, plus the Saturday daytime workshops click here.



Opening Times

Light Up Lancaster 2018 (2 Nov 2018 - 3 Nov 2018)


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


Friday, 2nd November 2018 - Friday, 2nd November 2018

Saturday, 3rd November 2018 - Saturday, 3rd November 2018

Light Up Lancaster - Judges' LodgingsFor this year's Light Up Lancaster Illuminos invite you to explore the universe, where extraordinary planets are waiting to be discovered. Control the telescope and watch as stars and constellations are tracked and revealed on the transformed observatory of the Judges' Lodgings.
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  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2017 - Large Tourism Event Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2017 - Large Tourism Event 2017
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Large Event Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2018 - Large Event Award 2018



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