Lighting up Blackpool

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Half-term in the Autumn always presents knotty problems. Do you go away to sunnier and warmer climates or do you stay and try and find things to appeal to the kids knowing that the weather could play a big role.

Tonight at 6pm is the Carnival of the Lights in Blackpool. Image – Visit Blackpool

It has been a little bit more difficult this year as Brexit may or may not be approaching making some of us wary of going abroad despite the soothing tones of Mediterranean destinations saying that we will have no problems. Compound that with the demise of Thomas Cook and do we really want to face a problem given that the holiday period is just a week.

One alternative has always been to head to Blackpool and visit the illuminations.

But the illuminations are part of something bigger.

They have been subsumed by the Lightpool Festival which, to me, is a just more to up-to-date description of the illuminations. Except, these days there are more things to see and do.

The festival provides a mix of live performance and light-based art installations, including a replica planet Earth in The Blackpool Tower Ballroom; the world premiere of a large-scale Sun in the Winter Gardens, and a display of giant illuminated see-saws in the town centre. The programme also includes the return of the Carnival of the Lights; Carnival Magic, featuring a menagerie of illuminated characters; a glow-in-the-dark children’s football tournament; fire and light-based shows; 3D projections on to the front of the Blackpool Tower building; and a town centre art trail.

And you thought that Blackpool just had lights stretching along the front and that was it!

The festival lasts longer than half-term holidays do. Already open it will continue until October 26th.

The regular illuminations have been running since the end of August. They will continue to light up the front until 3rd November just as they have been doing since 1879.

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