Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular 2013
Fireworks in the night sky above Lancaster Castle
This year the fantastic Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular takes place as part of Light Up Lancaster - a four day festival of illuminating family-friendly entertainment culminating on Saturday 2nd November with the dazzling fireworks display launched from the top of Lancaster Castle.
For our two official viewing areas - Quay Meadow and Giant Axe - we are once again operating a wristband-only admission policy. Both areas are extremely popular and for safety reasons we need to limit the number of visitors to these sites.
All the wristbands for Quay Meadow and Giant Axe have now been allocated
Last admission to wristband-only viewing areas is at 7.30pm - please arrive in good time
Don't worry - there are plenty of places to view the fireworks outside the two main viewing areas, including Williamson Park and Salt Ayre Sports Centre (see map below). And as a general rule, if you can see the castle, you can see the fireworks!
When will my wristbands be delivered?
Everyone with an email address will receive an immediate confirmation of their order and all wristbands will be sent by post after the booking deadline of Sunday 20 October.
Visitor information and 'Light Up Lancaster'
Light Up Lancaster is a four day festival offering free events for all the family and celebrating the city's stunning heritage buildings, streets and waterways through performances in dance, music and song and mesmerising lighting effects.
- Light Up The Waterways - Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 October at the Lune Aqueduct. Featuring aerial artists, magicians, lighting, music and song.
- Light Up The Streets - Friday 1 November. Featuring music, dance, theatre and film events around the city centre.
- Light Up The Skies - Saturday 2 November: The 2013 Fireworks Spectacular.
For full details on all events and locations, please see our events guide below.
Events guide and map
For a map and guide to all activities and events, download our Fireworks Spectacular 2013 Events Guide (PDF 2.4MB). Alternatively click in the viewer below:
Official viewing areas and access
This year there are two official viewing areas (with entry by wristband only): Quay Meadow (off St George's Quay) and Giant Axe. Click on the green map icons below for further information and directions. (Can't see the map? Mobile users view Google map here)
Other viewing locations include Salt Ayre Sports Centre and Williamson Park. (blue map icons) Please note that Williamson Park is a popular viewing area but has limited capacity and very limited parking. If you are planning to view from the park please arrive early.
If you are planning to view the fireworks from Salt Ayre, please follow the signed walking routes. Please do not use the access from the Asda car park.
Please note the following access restrictions:
- No viewing from the castle precinct
- No alcohol, fireworks or sparklers in official viewing areas
- St George's Quay closed to vehicles 6pm to 9pm (except resident permit holders)
- Long Marsh Lane (between Giant Axe and Priory) closed to vehicles 6pm to 9pm
- Cycle path closed between Long Marsh Lane and Millennium Bridge 6pm to 9pm
For parking in Lancaster city centre, see the Lancaster visitor information map (PDF 1.1MB) or go to www.lancaster.gov.uk/parking for car park maps and charges.
Free car parking is available from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November at Market Gate car park, courtesy of Market Gate Shopping Centre.
Disabled access and parking is available at Salt Ayre Sports Centre and is restricted to blue badge holders only. All pathways leading to the viewing areas are wheelchair accessible.
At Williamson Park there is limited disabled parking in the Quernmore Road car park.
This year's sponsors
Light Up Lancaster is a partnership between Lancaster City Council and Lancaster Arts Partners, and has been made possible with support from:
Arts Council England, Lancashire County Council, Canal & River Trust, Lancaster Unlimited, Market Gate Shopping Centre, the Duchy of Lancaster, BBC Radio Lancashire, societies from Lancaster University, AXA Insurance and St John's Hospice.