Every year, Lightpool Festival offers a fantastic free art trail suitable for all ages. This self-guided tour over 13 nights will see outdoor spaces and iconic buildings transformed by spectacular light works from local, national and international artists, including a number of world premieres.
The festival programme will be complemented by the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations, the Lightpool 3D projection shows, which will be projected each night onto The Blackpool Tower building, and by our seafront festival village adjacent to the Comedy Carpet. Don’t forget to also check out Lightpool’s spectacular live performances.
Why not follow our enchanting light trail and see what you discover?
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and partners, everything in the festival is free and does not require booking although some may have limited capacity. The festival programme officially gets underway on October 15 with the extensive art trail and new projection shows commencing on October 18. Please check the dates and times when you plan your visit.
Light Art Trail
Monday 18 October to Saturday 30 October - 6pm to 10pm daily
The light and sound show was the first of its kind in the UK. Based on a continuous ribbon spiralling in and out of the ground, its six metal arches criss-cross Birley Street with custom-designed luminaires. It has been captivating residents and visitors since it was first unveiled. Read more.
Tower Festival Headland
Take a walk on the light side! Spiro is an immersive walk-through sculptural tunnel of light spanning 26 metres in length. This family-friendly walk-through tunnel is made of individually mapped LEDs that allow complex patterns to beautifully dance around the audience. This sonic experience is a perfect Instagram opportunity so don’t miss it! Find out more.
Head to the Comedy Carpet and immerse yourself in the mesmerising 3D projections as they light up the historic Blackpool Tower building.
Experience Astral Dreams, a stunning laser-powered performance; Moon Folk, an enchanting adventure of charming fantasy animals as they overcome their fears; and the spectacular Tower Light Show. There really is something for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at the full list of Tower Projections here.
Premiering in the UK for the very first time, House of Cards is a multi-sensory display that will mesmerise in the day and light up the night. The public art display consists of 128 LED light boxes in the form of playing cards, which in turn (or all at once) appear according to a preconfigured choreography.
At night, the House of Cards appears to collapse and rebuild, leaving passers-by enthralled to find out what’s next. The stunning installation has travelled to cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Bucharest and Milan, and now, for two weeks only, its temporary home will be in Blackpool. Find out more.
The appearance of House of Cards at Lightpool Festival is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
A stunning eco-friendly light feature to highlight the importance of water. 48 empty water containers, which typically hold 1,000 litres of water each, will be on display on the Tower Festival Headland. On selected days, an impressive Peterbilt truck will tour the streets of Blackpool with Aqualux on-board. Find out more information on the dates and routes here.
North Promenade – outside ArtB&B
Bringing together his passion for design with his elegant artwork, Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen creates a playful wrapper for this larger than life stick of Blackpool rock. This is LLB at his playful best. Find out more.
Winter Gardens - Horseshoe:
Originally part of the Leaded Lights Road Section and designed by Graham Ogden in 2004. Find out more.
Exponential is a kaleidoscopic audio responsive installation with an immersive soundscape, surprise reflections and an ever-changing swirling core. Find out more.
New for 2021, slip under the shimmering lights of the waterfall and see where it takes you. idontloveyouanymore’s And Then I Slipped allows you to step into a scene reminiscent of your childhood films, a dreamy space where anything could happen. Find out more.
Luma is a huge, eight-metre long, robotic inflatable snail who loves an audience. She looms above visitors with a presence which is gentle, welcoming and otherworldly. Find out more.
Can you pedal hard enough on our specially adapted light up bikes to generate enough power to light up our Blackpool Tower model? Put your pedalling skills to the test! Find out more.
Winter Gardens - Pavilion Theatre
Since the 1800s, Blackpool has been Britain’s most popular beach resort. With entertainment at the heart of our beloved Blackpool, our seaside town has been synonymous with fun-filled and action-packed adventures.
At 500, we show you a small part of it as we celebrate four of the town’s glittering venues that have been a mainstay of Blackpool for 125 years, each with their own film. Grab a deckchair, relax, and enjoy our enviable history. Find out more.
A walk-through forest installation of oversized robotic flowers, reminding us all to take it slowly, breathe and play! As visitors move around, the sculpture will subtly change in mood and appearance. Find out more.
Entwined Light is a multi-layered piece that unfolds throughout the day-night cycle. Variations in colour and illumination invite the visitors to take part in the story and revisit the installation at different stages throughout the cycle.
Taking inspiration from bioluminescence in nature, the installation demonstrates alternative methods of generating light by utilising the inherent properties of photo-luminescent materials. Find out more.
St John’s Church
It’s not every day St John’s Church is reclaimed by nature as large vines, flowers, fruit, fungus and creatures take over the Blackpool landmark.
This large scale projection shows bold and colourful hand-drawn animations as they beautifully dance and sweep over the buildings surface, synchronised to music. The audience are taken on a journey in to the interconnected rhythms of the natural world. You even have the opportunity to interact with the projection and control the creatures on the building! Find out more.
Grundy Art Gallery
Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool Illuminations and Lightpool Festival are excited to announce a new light art installation by the internationally recognised artist, Chila Kumari Singh Burman. After high-profile projects for Tate Britain and Covent Garden in London, the artist has now turned her sights to Blackpool and the town’s Grade II listed Grundy Art Gallery.
Visitors will be able to delight in a riotous display of multi-coloured new light works that have been specially commissioned for the exterior of the Grundy. Find out more.
Houndshill Shopping Centre
The beautifully bright White Tiger roars into Blackpool. The car was originally created to celebrate the launch of the critically-acclaimed film The White Tiger, which is based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name. Netflix partnered with the internationally-renowned artist, Chila Kumari Singh Burman, to bring the car to life.
See it up close in the former Disney store in the Houndshill Shopping Centre during normal opening hours from September 18 until October 17. Between October 18 and 30, the opening hours will be extended until 10pm each night. Find out more.
A full-size Tardis replica as featured in the BBC series Dr Who. Find out more.
New for 2021, this 3.5 metre high pigeon sculpture is made out of the parts of 10 London taxis! It’s a unique feature not to be missed during Lightpool Festival. Find out more.
A gigantic spaceman will be featured in the town centre which was originally designed for the Space Age road section by Alan Cockcroft in 1970. Get up close and personal with a giant interpretation from the famous moon landing over 50 years ago. Trust us, they are out of this world! Find out more.
A deliberately and stylishly surreal statement that suggests the self-revelatory image of a self-portrait is not always as honest as it seems. Find out more.
Beautiful lanterns created in the drop-in lantern-decorating workshops will be on display in The Old Electric, forming an immersive community exhibition.
Bark by ‘pup’ular demand! LumiDogs returns for Lightpool 2021! We are hosting a series of free make and create workshops across Blackpool, and inviting dog owners and their pooches to create your dog’s very own Lumi jacket.
All those taking part will be encouraged to join us and take part in the Illuminated Tram Parade on 27 October, followed by an illuminated dog-friendly walk around Lightpool Festivals spectacular art trail. Find out more.
All ages are invited to take part in a drop-in lantern-decorating workshop with artist Janine Walker at Blackpool’s newest creative venue, The Old Electric, from 4-6pm on Mondays during selected dates in October. The lanterns will then be installed and ready to view from October 27-29. Find out more.
The health, safety and wellbeing of visitors to our events is our upmost priority and to help safeguard this we have implemented the following protocol.
Please observe any safe distancing and hygiene measures we have put in place to protect you, other visitors and our people.
We ask that you do not attend any events if you feel unwell, or have had a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 in the past 10 days