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Frequently Asked Questions:


What is Light Up Lancaster?

A free, family-friendly festival of light and art – come and explore artworks and installations situated around the city centre. Most of the large-scale installations are outside, so do dress for the weather! Some are interactive – you’ll be able to make things happen yourself – and some are in the form of displays or performances. This year, Lancaster University has an Exploration Zone inside the Storey – come and find out about some of the light-based projects they’ve been working on this year.

Then on Saturday, join us for a Fireworks Spectacular – launched from just outside the castle walls, the fireworks are viewable across the city, or you’ll need to have ordered a wristband to join us in one of our official viewing areas in Quay Meadow (on St George’s Quay) or Giant Axe (Lancaster City Football Ground, behind the railway station).


When is it on?

It starts at 5pm on Friday 5 November and you can visit the artworks and installations until 10pm.

During the day on Saturday 6 November there will be an Art Fair in the St Nics Arcade involving demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts.

On Saturday evening you can again visit the artworks from 5pm-7.30pm before joining us from 6.30pm (last entry 7.40pm) in one of our viewing areas to watch the fireworks which start at 8pm.


Is it free?

Yes, you don’t need a ticket to visit the city centre artworks at all, but you do need wristbands for the official fireworks viewing areas at Quay Meadow or Giant Axe. Thanks to a fantastic response to our Fireworks wristband ordering system, we have now reached our online capacity for both Quay Meadow and Giant Axe viewing locations.


What do I do if I haven’t been able to get any wristbands for Giant Axe or Quay Meadow?
– Don’t worry! If you can see the castle, you can see the fireworks! So you’ll still be able to view them from across the city. You could even make your way up to Williamson Park for a quieter, more relaxed viewing area and a great bird’s-eye view across the city.
Also – there are loads of fantastic artworks and installations to view at Light Up Lancaster – the city centre artworks are all free and you don’t need a ticket or wristband to visit them – find out more about What’s On:


More about the fireworks viewing areas:
  • Please arrive between 6.30pm and 7.40pm so we can allow everyone to enter the fields safely
  • Everyone needs a wristband, including babies and small children
  • There will be some entertainment while you wait, and selected food/drink stalls
  • It can be muddy underfoot – please wear wellies and suitable clothing!
  • Please don’t bring your own fireworks, sparklers or alcohol
  • We recommend that wheelchair users book for Giant Axe – there are some hard-standing areas in this location
  • There is a very limited amount of accessible parking at Giant Axe for Blue Badge holders – please email lancastervic@lancaster.gov.uk to reserve a place (subject to availability)


How do I get to Light Up Lancaster?

All the artworks and activities, and the fireworks viewing areas are walkable from Lancaster city centre, so they are easy to access via bus or train. Find out more about getting here.

There are plenty of car parks in the city centre – normal evening rates will apply. RingGo cashless parking is available in all Lancaster City Council pay and display car parks.


Are there any Covid restrictions?

We do not currently require you to produce a Lateral Flow Test or proof of vaccination when visiting the festival. If this should become necessary prior to the festival we will put clear instructions on this website, via our mailing list, and via our social media channels.

We ask that you maintain social distancing in busy areas and be aware of other festival-goers. If you have any issues on the evening please speak to one of the festival stewards.


How do I find my way around the festival?

We will be producing paper maps which you can use to navigate and find out more about the artists and artworks. These will be available from Lancaster Visitor Information Centre.
Plus – new for this year – we have teamed up with Lancaster BID to bring you the Light Up Lancaster Trail on the LoyalFree app. Download the app to discover the trail – a suggested route that means you won’t miss anything – plus you can stop off along the route at businesses offering discounts on food, drink and more!


I have a question about the festival…

Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, situated in The Storey, is once again our Information Hub for the festival.
Contact them before or during the event for any enquiries you may have – our friendly team is on hand to help!

Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm in the lead-up to the festival and the open ’til 10pm on Friday 5 and 8pm Saturday 6 Nov
Visit: The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

Phone: 01524 582394
Email: lancastervic@lancaster.gov.uk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/moreLancaster
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LancasterVisitorInformationCentre