The LightPool Digital Projection Shows shine onto the front of Blackpool Tower

The LightPool Digital Projection Show is back in Blackpool this year and you’ll be able to see the shows throughout the Illuminations Season.

You can watch the free shows from the Comedy Carpet when they’re screened several times every night throughout Blackpool Illuminations.

LightPool digital projection show on the front of Blackpool Tower during Illuminations
LightPool digital projection show on the front of Blackpool Tower during the Illuminations

You’ll be amazed by fairytale, fantasy and fact in the free shows which are projected onto the buildings at the base of Blackpool Tower.

LightPool digital projection show on the front of Blackpool Tower during Illuminations
LightPool digital projection show on the front of Blackpool Tower during the Illuminations

Clips from LightPool Digital Projection Shows

In the video below from the 2016 season launch you can see clips from three of the shows.

To get the full effect you really need to stand on the promenade and watch them in the dark night air!

Down the Rabbit Hole

This show brings the Blackpool Tower to life as it shows you an astronaut exploring new fantasy worlds. You can see a clip of it in the video below.

The Rabbit Hole was produced by The Macula. They are a Czech company and world leaders in this technology which is called projection mapping. The Macula have wowed audiences all over Europe with their work, so it’s exciting to see it here in Blackpool.

Enchanted Blackpool

Marvel at a fantastical fairy-tale romp around Blackpool and see the goddess in the Tower Ballroom come to life with characters created specially for the show!

Enchanted Blackpool LightPool projection show
Enchanted Blackpool LightPool projection show

Enchanted Blackpool was created by Cecile Llewelyn-Bowen, the daughter of Illuminations Curator Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Cecile is a film-maker and brought designs created by her father to life in this show.

Chasing Stars – Our Adventures in Space

2016 was the year when you went space crazy, as astronaut Tim Peake spent months aboard the International Space Station.

Tim Peake features in Chasing Stars LightPool digital projection show 2016
Tim Peake features in Chasing Stars LightPool digital projection show 2016

You can stand on the promenade and be transported to other worlds in this eight minute galactic tour which is based on fact and science.

Blackpool’s Illuminations collaborated with European Space Agency and astronaut, Tim Peake to bring you this show which explores man’s most recent journeys into space.

Dr Nick Lister of the Lawrence House Astronomy & Space Science Centre at Rossall School also helped to produce the show. Tim spoke to groups of children from Blackpool schools asking them to imagine what it would be like to live in space. How would they feel if they visited another planet or met an alien? Their ideas and drawing were incorporated into the show.

Find out what else happens during LightPool


How the LightPool Digital Projection Show Began

The first digital mapping projection show broadcast onto the front of the Blackpool Tower building in September 2015.

You can watch the show in the video below, with thanks to our friends at mediafilms.

The displays use cutting edge mapping technology to project high definition films on to the front of the Blackpool Tower building. It’s an amazing sound and visual experience.

LightPool Digital Projection show onto Blackpool Tower
LightPool Digital Projection show onto Blackpool Tower

A second 10-minute show in 2015 featured the Wurlitzer organ, as well as the first ever piece of music recorded at Blackpool Tower Ballroom and larger-than-life clips of dancers from the resort’s very own Funny Girls.

There was even an opportunity for the audience on the promenade to join in an unforgettable dance routine with the Comedy Carpet becoming a real-life dance mat.

The LightPool show uses the latest in digital mapping projection technology.


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