Light Up Lancaster welcomes you ‘Home’ for 2018

Light Up Lancaster, a magical two day festival of light, art and fireworks, is set to return to the city on November 2 and 3.

Light Up Lancaster - fun for all the family

Light Up Lancaster - fun for all the family

The festival which is organised by Lancaster City Council, Lancaster Business Improvement District and Lancaster Arts City is fast becoming established as a must see annual event in the north of England’s calendar and is now in its sixth year.

This year, the theme is ‘Home’ and you can join the crowds from 5.30pm on the evenings 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.

Local, national and international light-artists will be bringing unique and thought provoking installations to the city – for the audience to marvel and muse upon or to interact and get involved. 

‘imitating the dog’ return this year to Lancaster Castle, bringing with them a stunning live music and video mapping experience. Illuminos are inviting you to explore the night sky, as seen against the backdrop of the Judges’ Lodgings and Porté Par le Vent will introduce their graceful Pikooks – playful owl-like creatures who will soar over the city. There will also be interactive activities and workshops run by Lancaster University taking place in the library, as well as lots of other exciting things to see and do.

On Saturday evening you can see the city centre artworks and installations again, and then at 8pm the popular annual Firework Spectacular will be launched from the grounds of Lancaster’s medieval castle accompanied by a specially coordinated soundtrack curated for the display which you will be able to hear from the two official viewing areas.

As in previous years, entry to the Giant Axe and Quay Meadow sites in Lancaster will be free and wristbands to access the sites are now available to order at  or the town hall or visitor information centre in Lancaster.

A full programme of events will be available nearer the time.  In the meantime you can receive up-to-date information on the festival by signing up to our mailing list at  or by following the festival via Facebook/LightUpLancaster or Twitter @lightuplanc 

Last updated: 14 September 2018