Western Train.

Blackpool is set to host an illuminated tram parade this autumn, as part of The Festival@LightPool event, taking place from Wednesday 25th until Friday 27th October.

The three-day festival will be held on and around the Tower Festival Headland and will feature live entertainment between 5pm and 7pm each evening.

The tram parade

The Festival@LightPool promises plenty of entertainment with an array of choice, including music, 3D shows, as well as the chance to see Blackpool’s collection of illuminated heritage trams for the first time in the tramway’s history.

The parade will take place on Thursday 26th October feature the battleship HMS Blackpool, the lottery-funded Western Train and the Fisherman’s Friend Trawler.

It will set off from the Pleasure Beach tram loop at around 5pm and will then travel along the tramway to Bipsham, before returning to terminate at Blackpool Pleasure Beach around 75 minutes later.

The parade will slow down as it approaches Blackpool Tower to give spectators the opportunity to capture the illuminated trams by photo or video.

More about the festival

Visitors to the event will also have the opportunity to watch performances of Spark! by Worldbeaters Music, a show that combines high-impact drumming, choreography and lighting design.

The whole event will be complemented by free 3D LightPool shows that will be projected on to the front of The Blackpool Tower building throughout Illuminations season between 1st September and 5th November.

This year’s LightPool Projections will feature five individual shows, including headline shows Down the Rabbit Hole, Chasing Stars (featuring astronaut Tim Peake) and Enchanted Blackpool.

In addition, the festival will give attendees the chance to see DJ Afishal, who will perform live his own re-mixes of commercial dance tracks, using specially engineered drums. The show will be ‘projected’ on the front of The Blackpool Tower buildings.

Additional information

Tickets to the festival can be purchased in advance by phone on 01253-209521 or by e-mail at heritage.trams@blackpooltransport.com.

You can also visit www.visitblackpool.com/illuminations.