Coastal heritage celebrated in Fleetwood lights launch

This weekend, people are invited to the launch of Fleetwood Lights, a spectacular celebration of the town's rich heritage.

From 1 to 3 December, residents and visitors are invited to explore the light installations from 5pm to 9pm that will illuminate key landmarks and buildings.

Fleetwood is the only port in the country to host three lighthouses - the Lower Lighthouse, Pharos Lighthouse, and the sea-based Wyre Light. The three lighthouse system first lit up the town on 1st December 1840, marking a pioneering achievement in maritime history.

The Fleetwood Lights event,  funded by Historic England with support from Fleetwood Museum Trust & Friends and Wyre Council, is part of the Fleetwood HSHAZ Cultural Programma and hopes to be a mesmerizing experience.

Highlights of the Fleetwood Lights art trail include:

Chomper at The Marine Hall: As night falls, a giant monster named Chomper will illuminate the fabulous Marine Hall, offering light-hearted fun for visitors.

The Stars Come Out at Night: The Marine Hall Gardens will be transformed by a mesmeric light installation, capturing the beauty of the night sky and bringing a glimmer of starlight down to earth.

Colour My World: A magical kaleidoscope of colourful mystery enveloping the trees and twinkling gardens along Fleetwood's seafront landscapes.

Lower Lighthouse and Pharos Lighthouse: Creatively and colourfully lit up to immerse your imagination and celebrate this momentous occasion in Fleetwood's history.

The Fleetwood Museum will also host the Glorious Fleetwood historic poster art exhibition, offering a glimpse into vintage artworks that promote the rich heritage of Fleetwood.

Phil Holmes, Artistic Director for Fleetwood Lights is delighted to bring the event to light up the coastal town: “Fleetwood Lights is a remarkable project to be involved in with such prestigious coastal landmarks to light up and give them their time in the spotlight. It’s a wonderful interactive event for all the family to enjoy over the weekend and enjoy the lighthouses and landmarks of Fleetwood in a whole new light.”

Angelica Vanasse, Fleetwood High Street Heritage Action Zone Arts Engagement Co-Ordinator at Fleetwood Museum, said: “Fleetwood Lights is a celebration of the fascinating and unique heritage found in this town through a three-year cultural programme created with and for Fleetwood residents. We've worked closely with the team at Fleetwood Museum to discover and embed Fleetwood's history in our creative commissions, events and celebrations and this is our biggest one to date. We were inspired by Fleetwood's three lighthouses to create a finale that highlights key landmarks and buildings to bring in the light as we turn toward the winter months, and to welcome everyone to gather and mark the end of the programme.”

“The people, places and history of Fleetwood have shaped the programme through collaborations with artists, community groups, schools, volunteers, businesses on the high street and places including Fleetwood Library, Fleetwood Market, Marine Hall, the Mount, North Albert Cafe and Fleetwood Museum. With support from so many dedicated partners in our cultural consortium we have been able to weave creativity into how we explore and share our heritage here.”

Published: 29th November 2023