Lightopia Manchester


Step into a world like no other

21ST NOV – 31ST DEC
HEATON PARK, MANCHESTER M25 2SW

Ticket Price: (Booking Fee Apply)
Advance:          |      On the day
Adult £18.00 | Adult £20.00
Child £11.00  | Child £13.00
*Family Ticket £54.00 | *Family Ticket £62.00
Adult with Travel £21.00 | Adult with Travel £23.00
Family with Travel £58.00 | Family with Travel £66.00

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Lightopia Festival Manchester FAQs

What is Lightopia Festival Manchester?

Taking place at Heaton Park, Manchester’s largest historic park and Europe’s largest municipal park, Lightopia is a brand new immersive and visually-dramatic lantern and light festival, that promises to fuse beautiful art installations with human experience.

The very first of its kind in the UK and Europe, Lightopia will explore the senses with unique interactive and immersive lights, lanterns, installations and an incredible water-screen projection, destined to create unforgettable memories and provide alternative family fun throughout the festival season.

The festivities will be made up of six key interactive installations. Each installation is universally communicable, all united with the theme of harmony. As guests travel through the festival, they will be fully immersed into the Lightopia narrative, exploring nature and human experiences through each design, transporting event goers into a spiritual society through careful artistic intervention.

The installations throughout include, The Love Gate, Tree of Life, Elysian Field, Flower Hand, The Flower Road, Happy Valley and many more, symbolising various experiences throughout life and humanity. An iconic Manchester Light Bees installation will symbolise community, brightness and personal power, representing the amazing sense of unity and solidarity within Manchester. Guests can follow the bee to discover further destinations.

Lightopia will open to the public from 21 November to 31 December 2019. The ticketed event will also include live entertainment, such as acrobatic performances, local musicians and family rides available to enjoy every night. There will also be a host of food and refreshment options available for all taste-buds to enjoy.

Guests will be led on a breath-taking journey of discovery through the park, guided by beautiful light trails. Educational elements shine through, as visitors can explore the values behind spirituality, inclusivity, togetherness and the importance of positive energy, through each installation.

What are the dates of Lightopia Festival Manchester?

Thursday 21st November – Sunday 24th November 2019
Wednesday 27th November – Sunday 1st December 2019
Wednesday 4th December – Sunday 8th December 2019
Wednesday 11th December – Monday 23rd December 2019
Thursday 26th December – Tuesday 31st December 2019

What is the opening hours of Lightopia Festival Manchester?

17:00 – 22:00, last entry 20:30
Where is Lightopia Festival Manchester?
Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Manchester, England, M25 2SW.

How can I get to Lightopia Festival Manchester

Metrolink
Metrolink services will take you directly to the Heaton Park and Bowker Vale stops, which are only a few minutes’ walk from the park. Journeys take around 20 minutes from Manchester city centre.

Remember you must have a valid Metrolink ticket or pass before boarding a tram.Travel from the city centre to Heaton Park will require a 1+2+3 zone ticket. You can find a full breakdown of the prices here: https://tfgm.com/public-transport/tram/ticket-prices/zones/1/2/3?search=/public-transport/tram/ticket-prices

We offer Lightopia family and adult ticket with Metrolink Travel Card bundle, bundle tickets can be found on the Tickets section of the website.

Metrolink customers can find out more information about services at
https://tfgm.com/public-transport/tram or by calling Customer Services on 0161 205 2000. Follow @MCRMetrolink on Twitter for live travel updates.

Park and Ride
Metrolink customers can also use one of our park and rides for free. The closest stations with Park and Ride facilities are:

– Radcliffe with 396 spaces (Crook Street, Radcliffe, M26 2SU)
– Whitefield with 216 spaces (Nuttall Avenue, Whitefield, M45 6QA)

Please note the park and ride facilities are only available to Metrolink customers.

Overnight parking is also available at some Park and Ride sites, but you must collect your car by midday the following day.

Bus
Heaton Park is served by existing bus routes from around Greater Manchester: 41, 59, 90, 135 and 484.

If you’re travelling by bus this week visit TfGM’s online Route Explorer, which puts information on services and timetables at your fingertips: https://my.tfgm.com/#/planner/

Train
Manchester is well served by rail, with services running into Manchester Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria.

You can connect to onward Metrolink services from Victoria and Piccadilly.

The following companies operate into Manchester:
– [Northern](https://twitter.com/northernassist)
– [TransPennine Express](https://twitter.com/TPExpressTrains)
– [Virgin Trains](https://twitter.com/VirginTrains)
– [Cross Country](https://twitter.com/CrossCountryUK)
– [Arriva Trains Wales](https://twitter.com/ArrivaTW)
– [East Midlands](https://twitter.com/EMTrains)

Be sure to plan ahead and check train times on the National Rail website before you travel: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk

National Rail will always have the latest information on rail services. Follow them on Twitter in advance of your journey @nationalrailenq: https://twitter.com/nationalrailenq.

Walking
Walking between the city centre and Heaton Park, may be another alternative option. The walk is flat and will take around an hour from the city centre – just follow the signs along Bury Old Road (West of Heaton Park) to Cheetham Hill Road and into the city.

Driving
Driving isn’t recommended as there’s limited parking available, no on-street parking and road closures around Heaton Park. The car park inside Heaton Park will be charged by parking meter, it’s pay and display and it’s extended during Lightopia Festival times.

We would recommend using one of the Park and Ride Facilities located across the Greater Manchester area and completing your journey via Metrolink: https://tfgm.com/public-transport/park-and-ride

What is Adult Ticket – With Metrolink Travel Card?

Joint Festival and Metrolink ticket. 

Includes one Lightopia Festival Adult Ticket and one Metrolink off-peak 1-day travelcard (Adult)

For 1 adult ( over 16yrs) to enter Lightopia Festival Manchester and unlimited travel on the Metrolink network after 9.30am on ticket date ONLY. 

Please print the ticket or be able to show it on a smart device. Ticket must be shown to authorised Metrolink personnel upon request.

Ticket is non-transferable and is not valid if defaced
Ticket is issued subject to Metrolink Conditions of Carriage available at www.tfgm.com

What is Family Ticket – With Metrolink Travel Card?

Includes one Lightopia Festival Family Ticket and one Metrolink off-peak 1-day travelcard (family)

Valid for 2 Adults and 2 Children (3 -16yrs) to enter Lightopia Festival Manchester and 2 Adults and up to 3 Children (5 -16yrs) unlimited travel on the Metrolink network after 9.30am on ticket date ONLY. Under 5s travel free on Metrolink.

Please print the ticket or be able to show it on a smart device. Ticket must be shown to authorised Metrolink personnel upon request.

Ticket is non-transferable and is not valid if defaced.
Ticket is issued subject to Metrolink Conditions of Carriage available at www.tfgm.com

Who is Lightopia Festival suitable for?

Lightopia Festival is suitable for all ages – to be enjoyed by everyone.

Should I arrive in advance of my entry time?

We would advise arriving 15 minutes before your chosen entry start time.

What should I wear?

Lightopia takes place outdoors and you may need to queue on busy days. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear for winter weather. We reserve the right to refuse inappropriately clothed patrons’ access.

Do I have to book in advance?

We recommend that you book early. You can also purchase tickets on the day for extra £2 for each ticket.

What are the prices for Lightopia Festival Manchester?

1. Adult: 
ADVANCE – £18.00. 
ON THE DAY – £20.00 

2. Adult With Metrolink Travel Card: 
ADVANCE- £21.00
ON THE DAY – £23.00

3. Child (3-16 years): 
ADVANCE – £11.00. 
ON THE DAY – £13.00

4. Child (2 and under): 
Free

5. Family: 
ADVANCE – £54.00. 
ON THE DAY – £62.00

6. Family Ticket – With Metrolink Travel Card*
ADVANCE – £58.00
ON THE DAY – £66.00

7. Group Ticket (10+ Adult)
ADVANCE – £16.00
ON THE DAY – £18.00

All orders are subject to a eventbrite transaction charge. 

How do I park at Lightopia Festival Manchester?

Driving isn’t recommended as there’s limited parking available, no on-street parking and road closures around Heaton Park. The car park inside Heaton Park will be charged by parking meter, it’s pay and display and it’s extended during Lightopia Festival times. 

We would recommend using one of the Park and Ride Facilities located across the Greater Manchester area and completing your journey via Metrolink: https://tfgm.com/public-transport/park-and-ride

Can I buy tickets at the venue?

There will be an on-site box office on festival open days, which is located at the entrances. You will be able to purchase tickets for Lightopia Festival Manchester. The box office will be open from 5pm.

How/when will I receive my tickets?

Your delivery options is E-Tickets (print-at-home). After completing the ticket purchase, your tickets will be attached to your confirmation email.

What is the last entry time?

We close at 10pm, so the last entry time is 8:30 pm to allow the last wave of visitors just enough time to enjoy our festival. 

What if I am delayed and miss my entry time?

We recommend you to arrive on time for your entry time to ensure your best experience. If you miss it, rest assured that we will try our best to accommodate you.

Are there toilets on the venue?

Yes, toilets are situated along the route.

Will there be food and drink available?

Mouth watering international cuisine and traditional street food will be on offer at the festival. There will also be a range of Chinese food vendors offering everything from noodles to sticky rice and dumplings to tantalise your taste buds. Along the route there will also be some hot snacks and drinks stalls to keep you warm on your festival route through the park.

Will I get a refund after tickets purchase?

Lightopia Festival Manchester and Eventbrite cannot offer to exchange or refund tickets once purchased unless the event is cancelled. So please make sure that you have chosen the right date when you book. We are not able to offer refunds or duplicates on lost or unwanted tickets.
 
If the event is cancelled by the venue or the organisers for any reason, patrons will be offered an alternative night.

Do you offer concession ticket?

Instead of concession ticket, we have better offer for everyone! The partnership between Lightopia Festival Manchester and Metrolink gives discounted bundle ticket for all adults and families. Check our ticket session for details.

Are Filming and Photography Allowed?

Yes! Of course! Please feel free to take photos and post them on social media and let’s have fun!

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