Blackpool Illuminations


Blackpool Illuminations is Britain’s most famous light show and one of the most iconic sights in British culture.

Beat the peak, enjoy the Illuminations midweek!

Every year the team work tirelessly to create a new and different display which will continue to keep the crowds coming back.

The 2014 season is no different and the Blackpool Council Illuminations team, along with our creative curator, the inimitable Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, have designed a number of exciting new features which are sure to put a twinkle in even the grumpiest eye.

We’re proud to announce our new sponsors, BES, who have agreed to fund the electricity that powers the illuminations for two whole years. This is an amazing gesture and we’re delighted they are on board.

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“The power behind the lights”


Here is a rundown of what’s new for 2014:

Take the Illuminations QuizWhich Blackpool Illumination are you? Take our fun quiz to find out…

The quiz, based on the personality test format, asks players a series of questions and, based on the answers respondents give; works out the part of the display which best suits their personality.

Are you dapper like Decodance or a whole lot of fun like our Alice in Wonderland tableaux? Maybe you’re graceful like Swan Lake or flashy like our Bling section?

Illuminations fans are being urged to give it a go now here


Guided Tour CD

Illuminations CDWhy not grab yourself a wonderful commentary of this year’s Illuminations voiced by the inimitable Bradshaws who will take you on a hilariously funny detailed tour of the show both North to South and South to North.

This unique and limited edition CD also includes a special extra, an exclusive interview with the Illuminations’ very own Laurence Llewelyn Bowen

Only £1 (plus £2 p&p) BUY IT NOW!

Please note if you prefer to wait until you arrive in Blackpool, the disc is also available in multiple outlets in Blackpool such as the Tourist Information Centre and The Solaris Centre. Plus, if you donate more than £5 while visiting the collection points in the display, you will receive a complimentary copy to use in your car!


Illuminations Photo CompetitionShare your best Illuminations selfie to win a Blackpool break

Upload a #selfie of you, your family and friends enjoying the Blackpool Illuminations. Share with friends and if your submission is voted in the top five you will win your face in the Blackpool Illuminations Headlights 2015 display. One of the top five entries will also win a luxury one night stay for two at the boutique-style Number One South Beach. Find out more and enter here


The Blackpool Experience - a new app for Blackpool IlluminationsBlackpool Experience App

The hit Blackpoool Illuminations app, The Blackpool Experience, is back for 2014, allowing you to experience the Blackpool Illuminations in a completely new way! Find out more here


Alice’s Garden

Alice's Garden feature - Blackpool Illuminations

Co-designed by LLB and the in-house team, this stunning new tableau will be situated on the Cliffs section on North Promenade towards Bispham. Drawing on the story of Alice in Wonderland and, in particular, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, the design features a magical water garden and is perfect for those who wish to explore the illuminations on foot. It’s also large, stretching for more than 100ft and features an 8ft bridge. Visit Alice’s Garden one night and take a stroll! Alice’s Garden is proudly sponsored by the Houndshill Shopping Centre.




Eviivo are proud sponsors of the dynamic and dazzling Dynamo. This road-section of twenty major features, located near to south pier includes multiple and ever changing spinning colours in a whirlwind of light.



Find the full list of new features in the Blackpool Illuminations here

Make a donation and support the Blackpool Illuminations here

View our Blackpool Illuminations Gallery 2014


For updates about the 2014 illuminations and other Blackpool-related news, register for VisitBlackpool newsletters here. And if you plan on staying in the city for the event, make sure you book accommodation well in advance. You can find some great recommendations for where to stay here.

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