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Light Up Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular - Order a free wristband

Chris Satori


Free wristbands are now available for people to attend at some of the best spots in the district to watch the spectacular finale of this year’s popular Light Up Lancaster event.

Funded by Lancaster City Council, Lancaster BID, Arts Council England and Lancaster Arts City, this year’s event will take place on 3-4 November.

The full programme of the 2-day festival can be found at or follow the event on Facebook/LightUpLancaster or Twitter @lightuplanc.

The popular firework spectacular will be launched from the grounds of Lancaster’s medieval castle on the Saturday November 4 at 8pm to provide a fitting end to what promises to be a magical two day festival of music, art, light and fireworks in the city.

BBC Radio Lancashire will also be broadcasting live from Quay Meadow during the evening!


As in previous years, entry to watch the fireworks at two of the official viewing areas (Giant Axe and Quay Meadow) on the Saturday evening will be free and wristbands to access the sites are now available to order online from   Everyone (including babies and toddlers) needs a wristband to view from Giant Axe or Quay Meadow.  Wristbands ordered online before 30 October will be posted out ahead of the event. Wristbands can also be picked up in person from visitor information centres at Lancaster and Morecambe or customer services at Lancaster Town Hall.

Lancaster Priory, Priory Fields, Quay Meadow, Giant Axe and their adjacent cyclepaths will be closed to anyone not wearing a wristband from around 6pm. 

No 'private' fireworks, sparklers or consumption of alcohol are allowed in the wristband areas. 

You are able to order up to 6 wristbands per household. If you require a group booking of more than 6 wristbands, please email

The other official viewing area, which does not require wristbands to access the site is Williamson Park, although this is quite distant.

Live Soundtrack Broadcast

Those watching the spectacular from these sites will also be able to enjoy the specially coordinated soundtrack as well as a range of food and entertainment and plenty of atmosphere.  For those who prefer to watch them from other vantage points in the city – if you can see Lancaster Castle, you will be able to enjoy the fireworks and - if you think your heart can stand the excitement - you can also listen to their accompanying music broadcast live on BBC Radio Lancashire. 

The delivery of Light Up Lancaster is kindly sponsored by The Duchy of Lancaster and the University of Cumbria and supported by The Dukes and Pennine Events.

Viewing areas include:

Quay Meadow (wristbands needed, please arrive by 7.30pm)
Giant Axe (wristbands needed, please arrive by 7.30pm)
Williamson Park (no wristband needed – just turn up)

Lancaster Cricket Club is also hosting a viewing site from their grounds at Lune Road, where they reckon the best vantage point is from their bar. 
The Carlisle Bridge is a popular spot, and you can also get a decent open-air view from the Millenium Bridge, Ryelands Park, the Greyhound Bridge and the cyclepath on the west bank of the River Lune. 

Safety & Legal Stuff

Please note, fireworks burn and tiny particles can drop from the sky around them. Eye protection (ie clear eyeglasses) can be helpful if you are viewing from below. Don't wear flammable / meltable clothing or touch fallen debris. 

Domestic animals should be kept indoors on fireworks nights as they may be frightened by the sudden and unusual loud noises. Nervous pets (and small children) may need extra-close supervision / reassurance. Here's a few tips to help your dog cope. 

The law says you must not set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places, and you must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for:
Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am

Finally, the ability to control fire and explosives is a learned skill, not an inborn trait. In fact it's rocket science. Make sure that you and your children know and keep to the safety procedures. Did you know you can be fined up to £5000 for throwing a firework? You can find out all about it at