2nd-3rd November 2018

Details of the 2018 festival programme will appear here as soon as we have them. For now, you can look back at the 2017 festival…

From funky jellyfish to shimmering trees, giant butterflies to flying fish… re-live your best moments and remember what made 2017’s Light Up Lancaster really special.

2017 video, created by Daniel Brereton.


  • Light Art Trail
    Friday, November 2nd: 5.30pm to 10pm, Saturday, November 3rd: 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Except for Castle Area venues which close at 7pm on Saturday, November 3rd.
  • Family Workshops
    Saturday, November 3rd – Daytime
  • Fireworks Spectacular
    Saturday, November 3rd: 8pm
  • Fringe Events
    by GRAFT Arts Company and St Thomas’ Church


Light Up Lancaster grew from a partnership between Lancaster’s annual Fireworks Spectacular and a pilot event celebrating art and light, ‘Light Up the Streets’ which took place in 2012. The intention was to create a small but magical, after-dark multi-artform trail the night before the Fireworks Spectacular. The pilot event caught the public imagination and people came in their thousands.

From there, Light Up Lancaster gained support from Arts Council England and grew its support from Lancashire County Council and also from Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID) and the event became Light Up Lancaster – a weekend festival of art and light incorporating the annual fireworks event.

Light Up Lancaster is now a partnership event between Lancaster City Council and Lancaster Arts Partnership (LAP). The festival is supported with funding from Arts Council England, Lancaster City Council and Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID). Additional financial and in-kind support comes from the University of Cumbria, Lancaster University, Pennine Events, the Duchy of Lancaster and Lancaster’s arts organisations.

Light Up Lancaster is proud to be part of the Light Up The North consortium

Or visit the Light Up Lancaster site.