See free light shows on Blackpool seafront this autumn, with the Digital Tower Projection Shows. They’re back at Blackpool Illuminations from 3 September to 3 January 2022.
Watch the free light shows from the Comedy Carpet, screened several times each night. Be amazed by fairytale and fantasy in amazing displays. See them projected onto the buildings at the base of Blackpool Tower.
Special Lightpool Festival Tower Projection Shows
Watch out for these two new special shows, exclusive to Lightpool Festival.
You can ONLY see these two projection shows between 18-30 October
The all-new light show runs every night during Lightpool Festival at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm.
Exclusive to Lightpool Festival: The Moon Folk
Enjoy a captivating journey of discovery… See The Blackpool Tower building transformed by this exquisite light projection experience.
It’s a five-minute world-premiere projection, featuring a collection of charming fantasy animals. They live in a monochromatic world and are afraid of the light…
Follow them from the dark side of the moon, as they run away and hide in the shadows. They’re desperately attempting to avoid the brightness. What will they encounter on their intrepid adventure? Will they overcome the challenges they face and find happiness?
The creative style of this piece is influenced by shadow puppetry and traditional carnival costumes. Flamboyant detail and elaborate lighting techniques create characters that you’ll adore. It’s a simple and charming story.
Exclusive to Lightpool Festival – Tower Light Show
New for 2021, see The Blackpool Tower emblazoned with a glowing heart and 25,000 lights on the Tower itself.
Take your place on the Comedy Carpet and watch this sensational light show. See the iconic Tower come to life with a sound and light spectacular, produced by Greg McLenahan.
Other Tower Projection Shows
See stunning, digitally-mapped multi-media shows, beamed onto the red brick of the front of the beautiful Blackpool Tower.
- Astral Dreams – until 3 January
- Down The Rabbit Hole – showing until 19 December
- Enchanted Blackpool – until 19 December
Here are some of the other projection shows, see them running until 19 December
- Roll up, roll up for Circus250!
- History of Blackpool
Journey through a nostalgic mapping show of Blackpool’s time gone by.
Celebrate the history of dance in Blackpool. Join in on the Comedy Carpet!
Take a look at the 3D Tower Projection Shows
Never seen the projections before? Here’s a tiny glimpse 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…
This stunning laser-mapped show, transforms The Blackpool Tower with five high-powered lasers.
It’s a journey through light and sound – a depiction of abstract visions from our dreams. This project has brought together a group of artistic-minded people to construct a laser show unlike anything Blackpool’s ever seen before. Enjoy original musical scores and tailored laser programming for a unique experience.
The mesmerising projection has been created by Blackpool-born international designer Jack Irving. He’s best known for creating wildly theatrical outfits for Lady Gaga. Local producer, George Cornes, has also composed a musical accompaniment to support the impressive laser show.
Down the Rabbit Hole
This show brings the Blackpool Tower to life as it shows you an astronaut exploring new fantasy worlds. Head off into worlds without gravity: beautiful, fantastic and full of uncertainty.
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.
Celebrating the vast history of circus and, more specifically, The Blackpool Tower Circus. Fond memories, sensational acts and larger than life characters, past and present. This projection show celebrates the vast history of circus.
Circus250 was a national project, celebrating the 250th anniversary of circus in the UK. In 2018 Blackpool was one of the six cities of circus, celebrating with a season long programme of special events.
The Circus250 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 running 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? Sooty was discovered on North Pier? See the original glove puppet there – go and take a look!
How the Light Shows on Blackpool Tower Began
In September 2015 the first light shows were projected onto The Blackpool Tower with 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.
While you’re here…
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