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4:00 AM 30th October 2021
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Light Up Lancaster – A Festival To Remember

photo by Robin Zahler
photo by Robin Zahler
Remember, remember the 5th of November for that’s when Light Up Lancaster returns to illuminate the city’s streets and skies.

This free two-day festival promises fantastic light art dotted around Lancaster and a spectacular fireworks finale.

Captivating light projections, fabulous film, colourful robotic inflatables and magical giant lanterns all on the theme of Flights of the Imagination, can be seen at various city centre locations on November 5 and 6.

imitating the dog  bring their projection mapping spectacle to Lancaster Castleimitating the dog bring their projection mapping spectacle to Lancaster Castle
Air Giants bring Luma to Sun Square - image Paul BlakemoreAir Giants bring Luma to Sun Square - image Paul Blakemore

All Light Up Lancaster events are within walking distance of each other and surprising sights can be found at Market, Dalton and Sun Squares, Lancaster Priory, The Storey and its gardens, Lancaster Castle, The Dukes and the Judges Lodgings gardens. New features for 2021 are a Saturday daytime arts fair and a shop windows trail.

All the light installations can be viewed from 5-10pm on November 5 and 5-7.30pm on November 6.


photo by Robin Zahler
photo by Robin Zahler
The fireworks will be launched from Lancaster Castle at 8pm on the Saturday by British Musical Fireworks Champions, Sirotechnics.

Wristbands are required for the fireworks official viewing areas at Giant Axe and Quay Meadow but if you haven’t been able to order any online, the display can still be enjoyed from various vantage points across the city – if you can see the castle, you can see the fireworks!

More festival information is available at www.lightuplancaster.co.uk/whats-on. For a Light Up Lancaster Trail, download the free LoyalFree app via the App Store. A printed map will be available from Lancaster Visitor Information Centre which is also the information hub for any festival queries (01524 582394).

Entwined Light at The Storey  will be one of the indoor attractionsEntwined Light at The Storey will be one of the indoor attractions
The Hourglass will be a stunning feature in Market SquareThe Hourglass will be a stunning feature in Market Square

Light Up Lancaster is organised by Lancaster City Council, Lancaster BID and The Dukes. It is funded by Arts Council England, Lancaster City Council and Lancaster BID.