Countdown begins to Light Up Lancaster

Light up Lancaster is set to return this November thanks to £85K of funding from Arts Council England towards the two day magical festival of art, light and fireworks in the city.

Light Up Lancaster - fun for all the family

Light Up Lancaster - fun for all the family

The event which has also been funded by Lancaster City Council, Lancaster BID and Lancaster Arts City is now in its fifth year and will take place on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 November.

Light Up Lancaster has already achieved nationwide recognition and is becoming established as a must see event in the north of England’s event calendar.

Join the crowds from 5.30pm on the evening of both Friday and Saturday to experience a magical illuminated art trail through the city centre and see buildings, squares, gardens and monuments come to life with projections, artworks and performances, all themed around this year’s topic 'The Natural World'.

There will be opportunities for all the family to enjoy interacting with artists, musicians and performers who will be bringing unique and thought provoking installations at Lancaster Castle, the Judges’ Lodgings, Lancaster Library and Market Square to name but a few participating locations.

On Saturday evening, the city’s popular annual firework spectacular will be launched from the grounds of Lancaster’s medieval castle from 8pm accompanied by a specially coordinated soundtrack to provide everyone with a magnificent display and plenty of atmosphere.

As in previous years, entry to the official viewing areas at Giant Axe and Quay Meadow will be free and wristbands to access the sites will be available to order in the next couple of weeks.

To make sure you don’t miss out reserving a perfect spot to view the spectacular or to receive up-to-date information on the festival as it draws nearer, you can sign up a mailing list at   You can also follow the festival via Facebook/LightUpLancaster or Twitter @lightuplanc

The delivery of Light Up Lancaster is kindly sponsored by The Duchy of Lancaster and the University of Cumbria and supported by The Dukes and Pennine Events.

Last updated: 14 September 2017