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Visitor Info

Visitor Information Hub:

The Visitor Hub (Lancaster Visitor Information Centre) for the festival is based at The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH.

The Hub will be open for the duration of the festival, making it the ideal place to pick up your programme, buy some festival gifts and find out what’s going on in the city.

lancastervic@lancaster.gov.uk  / 01524 582394.

 


How to get here:

BY ROAD

Lancaster is served by Junction 33 and 34 of the M6 which provides immediate access along the A6 to Lancaster city centre. Parking Information – A map of Lancaster city centre car parks can be found here.   Don’t forget, cashless parking is available in all Lancaster City Council pay and display car parks, using a system called RingGo.

BY RAIL

Lancaster Railway Station is served by the West Coast Mainline with regular direct mainline Virgin services from London and the south to Glasgow and the north. Local services include a regular service between Lancaster and Morecambe, Heysham, Carnforth, Arnside and Silverdale along with links to other major stations including Leeds and Manchester. For more information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

BY BUS

Lancaster Bus Station is a major interchange where national, regional and local connections are available. Major operators include Stagecoach and National Express. For further information contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit Traveline


Access Information for viewing the Art Commissions on the Friday and Saturday Night:

All areas of the event are fully accessible unless otherwise stated. Event stewards are fully briefed and can give further advice and assistance at the event.

LANCASTER CASTLE
Access to the Castle is possible up the steep cobbled slope and stewards will be available to guide people to the easiest route.

PRIORY CHURCH
The Priory Church is reached via a steep incline or steps – please see stewards who will indicate the easiest route.

SUN SQUARE
Access to Sun Square is via a cobbled ginnel off Market Street; alternatively there is flatter access via the Church Street end.

THE STOREY
A lift is available inside the building to access the exit to the Gardens.

Accessible toilets are available at The Dukes on Moor Lane, at Lancaster Library on Market Square and at The Storey on Meeting House Lane.

For Further Information and advice when planning your visit, please contact Lancaster Visitor Information Centre in The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster. Tel 01524 582394

 


Watching the fireworks on the Saturday:

Below are the official viewing areas with information about each.

QUAY MEADOW

Situated behind St George’s Quay and accessed via the pathway behind the Wagon and Horses pub.  You will be entertained by the cast of My Fair Lady from the Lancaster Red Rose Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, plus Live performances from Solo Artist Danni B and some amazing fire performers! Food concessions will be available. This viewing area is mostly grassed underfoot and may be muddy and uneven so please do wear suitable footwear.

You need to order wristbands for this area. There is no parking at this location. Please arrive at this viewing area before 7.30pm.

 

GIANT AXE

The home of Lancaster Football Club and situated off West Road, this location has a great view towards the castle. You’ll be entertained by Lancaster’s popular Batala Band, alongside live performances from solo artist Michelle Lee, plus some incredible fire performers! Food concessions will be available.

Although this area is mostly grassed, there is some hard standing on this viewing area suitable for wheelchair users and we will be able to arrange parking for Blue Badge holders if you could kindly contact us prior to the event. There is no general parking here – we recommend that you park in the city centre carparks which are around a 10-minute walk away. Alternatively this location is very near the railway station.

You need to order wristbands for this area. Please arrive at this location before 7.30pm.

 

WILLIAMSON PARK

This is a relaxed and quieter viewing location with stunning views across the city with the fireworks displayed against a backdrop of the Castle and Priory.  The soundtrack will not be relayed over PA here, although there may be a short live performance during the evening. The Pavilion Café will be open all evening.

There is a small amount of accessible parking available in the ‘top’ car park (next to the shop/café and accessed via the Quernmore Road entrance). This viewing location has some paths and some grassed areas but please be aware there are some steep hills to navigate, especially if you parked in the ‘bottom’ (Wyresdale Road) carpark.

You don’t need wristbands for this viewing area – just turn up.


Please note: The viewing areas are not under cover and may be muddy underfoot. Waterproofs and wellies are recommended!

Also please note that there is no official viewing from Salt Ayre this year, and the Lancaster Castle area will be closed off. 

 


Staying in Lancaster:

From country house hotels to boutique B&Bs, and from comfortable self catering cottages to ideally located travel accommodation, you’ll be sure of a warm welcome in Lancaster. Browse our lists of accommodation on our Visit Lancaster website.


Further enquiries:

Please get in touch on hello@lightuplancaster.co.uk or 01524 582394 if you have any enquiries about the festival or about visiting Lancaster.