Each year there’s all your old favourites plus new things to see when you visit the Lights. Find out about new Illuminations for 2018 – then go out and find them in Blackpool!
This years sees the arrival of plenty of new Illuminations for 2018. There are new arrival points, exciting new features and a continuation of the stunning 3D projection shows on to the front of the red brick Blackpool Tower building.
Visit Fylde Coast went along to the Season Launch in August 2018 when the new illuminations for 2018 were revealed.
The main Blackpool Illuminations display includes several new sponsored features this year:
South Promenade (Near Velvet Coaster)
Thanks to the generous ongoing support of Beaverbrooks, they are set to sparkle again with their stunning new road section. The shimmering display of white lights has a strong focus on diamonds to dazzle you with!
Anna Blackburn, Beaverbrooks’ managing director, said: “We are very proud to be the longest standing Blackpool Illuminations sponsor, as we enter our 12th year in partnership. People travel from all over the UK to see the illuminations and they are a huge part of the community, which is why we’ve extended our relationship by another four years. We look forward to being a part of this year’s illuminations, especially as we’re in a brand new location near South Pier.
“Beaverbrooks is celebrating its centenary in 2019 and so this renewed sponsorship will also include a sparkling new display to commemorate our landmark 100th Birthday.”
Houndshill Shopping Centre
Central Promenade, near Coral Island
Escape Room Centre
President Hotel to Queensgate Hotel, and outside the Imperial Hotel.
The Escape Room Centre are kindly sponsoring the new spectromagic section of the illuminations! This road section is lively, colourful and vibrant involving a festoon with moving central road features and patterns of lights and colours.
Junction of Waterloo Road and the Promenade
This new section gives you a warm, cuddly welcome as it introduces us to the Cubbies’ range of personalised toys and teddies.
NHS and Unison
North Promenade Cliffs
This new tableau celebrates 70 years of the National Health Service. Watch video projections on a large screen, thanking all those involved in the loved and cherished NHS.
Surf the Lightwave
Comedy Carpet and the Cliffs
In collaboration with Lancaster University School of Computing and Communication, the Illuminations have created an illuminated surfboard that the public must surf to generate a light-wave to keep the illuminations shining!
Colour Choreography: Displays of light, colour and rhythm!
- Crazy Lights (Freemantle Avenue to Abercorn Place)- Introducing the first section featuring colour choreography.
- Mirror Ball (opposite Solaris)
- Manchester Square (Lytham Road)
- Mini Crazy Lights (Rawcliffe Street-Waterloo Road)
- Spectromagic (Derby Road to Gynn)
- North Arch (Red Bank Road)
White Ribbon Tableau
A new lightbox will feature in this year’s Blackpool Illuminations – the White Ribbon.
The White Ribbon campaign aims to raise awareness of violence against women in our communities, and engage more men in the debate about the issues.
The tableau says ‘Another World is Possible’ and asks you to show your support for the campaign by wearing a white ribbon.
100 Years Tableaux
This tableau commemorates Women’s contribution to both World Wars.
Gynn roundabout is going Circus themed for 2018!
A new display celebrates 250 years of Circus and its contribution to entertainment in Blackpool.
Features Returning to Blackpool Illuminations
Although Blackpool Council provide a substantial amount of money to keep the Lights shining in Blackpool every year, the support of the business community is vital.
So in 2018 the Illuminations are very proud to welcome back companies and organisations who have provided both financial and operational support over the years.
The road section sponsored by Genting Casino is returning in 2018 with large illuminated castles and fortresses.
Kindly sponsored by Elgin, the traditional ‘Fire and Water’ tableau has been reimagined with new projections for 2018.
New Bonny Street Market
This road section is returning in 2018 featuring a festoon with lightboxes of family friendly pictures and colourful displays to celebrate the historic market.
Best Western Carlton Hotel
Carlton fountains fuse tradition and modernity by combining old school manufacturing methods and the very latest LED lighting to create a wonderful addition to the display, sponsored by Best Western Carlton Hotel.
Knight Rigging Services (KRS)
KRS are returning in 2018, sponsoring the mirror ball arches which welcome people into Blackpool at the south end of the Illuminations.
Beach House Bling
The Beach House is returning with its blinging display of lights to dazzle you!