See free light shows on Blackpool seafront this autumn, with the LightPool 3D Digital Tower Projection Shows. They’re back at Blackpool Illuminations this year and you’ll be able to see them from 11 October to 3 November 2019.
Watch the free light shows from the Comedy Carpet when they’re screened several times every night. You’ll be amazed by fairytale, fantasy and fact in the amazing displays as they’re projected onto the buildings at the base of Blackpool Tower.
Lightpool Tower Projection Shows
There are five individual projection shows, beaming a sea of light, colour and sound onto this iconic building.. See stunning, digitally-mapped multi-media shows, including the three headline shows –
- Down The Rabbit Hole,
- Chasing Stars (featuring astronaut Tim Peake),
- Enchanted Blackpool,
- and a specially-commissioned Sooty Show.
This year the projections are concentrated into a three-week period to fully integrate them into the Lightpool Festival.
Take a look at the 3D Tower Projection Shows
Never seen the projections before? Here’s a bit of an idea of what to expect.
To get the full effect you really need to stand on the promenade and watch them in the dark night air. Soak up the atmosphere, the soundtrack, the lights, the people milling around you. It’s quite special – wrap up warm and experience it for yourself this autumn. Meanwhile, here are the shows…
The Circus250 Projection show celebrates the vast history of circus and the Blackpool Tower circus.
Circus250 was a national project, celebrating the 250th anniversary of circus in the UK. Blackpool was chosen as one of the six cities of circus to celebrate in 2018 with a season long programme of special events.
The Circus 250 projection begins with Philip Astley. He was responsible for the first ever circus in 1768. It looks back on the glorious history of circus, with a strong emphasis on our own Blackpool Tower Circus. It focuses on fond memories, sensational acts and larger than life characters from past and present. Many of them have inspired entertainment in Blackpool and throughout the world.
- Did you know Blackpool is the longest continuous circus in Britain?
The Sooty Show
The Sooty Tower Projection Show is a short film celebrating Sooty’s 70th Birthday. It includes an introduction from Sooty himself!
- Did you know that Sooty was discovered on North Pier? That’s where you can see the original glove puppet – why don’t you go and take a look.
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 is produced by Czech company The Macula. They’re world leaders in projection mapping technology. They’ve wowed audiences all over Europe with their work, so it’s exciting to see it here in 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 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
In 2016 you went space crazy, when astronaut Tim Peake spent months aboard the International Space Station.
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. Be transported to other worlds in this eight minute galactic tour which is based on fact and science.
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.
How the Light Shows on Blackpool Tower Began
The first light shows were projected onto The Blackpool Tower in September 2015, using a process called digital mapping.
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.
The 10-minute shows in 2015 featured the Wurlitzer organ. Plus 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.