The world-famous Blackpool Illuminations have been one of the UK’s greatest visitor attractions for more than 100 years.
And the seafront show remains as compelling as ever thanks to new investment and innovation each year.
2017 saw the arrival of plenty – with new arrival points, exciting new features and a continuation of the stunning 3D projection shows on to the front of the Tower building.
The main Illuminations display included several new sponsored features.
The biggest new investment was courtesy of Genting Casino in the form of a new road section featuring giant twinkling illuminated castles. Curated by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and working alongside our in-house designer Sarah Barton, this section has become a firm favourite for years to come.
Inspired by the huge Illuminations archive, the 2017 included the new Carlton Fountains in full 3D these classic features combine tradition and modernity by combining old school manufacturing methods and the very latest LED lighting to create a wonderful addition to the display. This has been created through a partnership with the Best Western Carlton Hotel.
A special section in the Golden Mile is now home to New Bonny Street Market, a historic attraction featuring in the Illuminations for the first time, with a series of family friendly images and colourful lights.
A classic was reborn as the legendary ‘Fire and Water’ tableau has been reimagined as the ELGIN tableau. Completely refurbished for 2017, the tableau features a brand new lighting system and projected images.
Returning favourites included Beach House Boulevard, Mandarin Lanterns, Bling, Star Trek, Dynamo, Ballroom Glitz, KRS Mirrorball arches, Art for Walls, McDonalds, Logo Lights and Head Lights.
Visitors to the Illuminations are greeted by an enhanced welcome experience at the north and south arrival points in order to encourage visitors to donate to the free attraction.
Blackpool Council continues to fund the Illuminations show, but increasingly it relies on donations from the general public or businesses. All donations received are reinvested into the design and creation of new displays and experiences for future generations.
If you would like to sponsor a section of the Illuminations in 2018, please contact Richard Ryan on 01253 476000