Sparks will fly during free city event

The Bell Tower in Dalton Square at last year's Light Up Lancaster
The Bell Tower in Dalton Square at last year's Light Up Lancaster

THE countdown has begun for Light Up Lancaster - a four day family festival during October half term culminating in the city’s annual Fireworks Spectacular.

From Tuesday, October 29 to Saturday, November 2, Light Up Lancaster promises to give everyone a spectacular opportunity to see the city in a whole new light.

A series of free events will take place, celebrating Lancaster’s stunning heritage buildings, streets and waterways through performances in dance, music and song as well as visually stunning lighting effects.

On Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday October 30, the Lune Aqueduct will be illuminated in all its glory. Visitors can expect to be dazzled with this stunning event which includes aerial artists, wandering magicians, dance, fire, music and song performing against the backdrop of this 18th century Grade 1 listed landmark.

On Friday, November 1, discover the city’s buildings, passageways and squares and enjoy a whole range of unique evening art experiences which will animate and bring to life Lancaster’s beautiful buildings and squares.

On Saturday, November 2 following a day packed with bonfire and firework themed activities, the celebration will continue with Lancaster’s annual fireworks spectacular at 8pm.

Due to the popularity of the Saturday fireworks event, a wristband system will be in place again this year for the two official viewing areas closest to the castle at Quay Meadow and Giant Axe.

Both sites will include refreshments and entertainment.

Giant Axe will include fundraising activities in aid of St John’s Hospice, Lancaster which many local people will wish to support.

You can register for up to six wristbands for one of the two venues at

Alternatively, call 01524 582394.

Wristbands will be posted out ahead of the event and are issued strictly on a first come, first served basis.

The deadline for registration is midnight on Sunday, October 20 and you should receive your wristbands by Friday October 25.

The castle grounds and Priory precinct will be closed from 6pm and throughout the display.