The clocks have gone back, signalling the start of the colder, darker winter months. But this week, Lancaster will be filled with light and people exploring the Light Up Lancaster art trail. The trail is a chance to see well known Lancaster landmarks as you’ve never seen them before, as well as performances, workshops and audio-visual art work. The art trail takes you inside disused buildings such as St John’s Church and creates epic projection pieces such as The Great Cowcher (Lancaster’s own version of the Doomsday book) on the walls of Lancaster Castle. It will be exciting to see artists experimenting with building artworks out of waste materials, such as the ‘Crystal Flowers’ piece in The Storey Gardens.  

This year, the market square will host a bustling street food market offering hot food, snacks, sweet treats and drinks. It’s a chance to meet friends, grab something to eat and drink whilst you sit in a beautifully lit dining space and enjoy live music from local musicians. This street food market will celebrate the best on offer locally, with a focus on supporting small, independent street traders. Many of them use locally produced food and are passionate about having a positive impact on the local community and the environment. 

The market square will also host a glow-in-the-dark ‘Waste Less’ wall. Come and share ideas for how we can reduce waste locally, then stencil them in UV paint and paste them up on the wall. Collectively we’ll create an art piece throughout the festival with a wall covered in positive protest and good ideas for creating a greener and happier city. 

This street food market builds on the four seasonal markets hosted every year by FoodFutures to mark the changing seasons and celebrate local produce, crafts and the people producing them. These markets have a festive atmosphere with live music throughout the day, cooking demos using seasonal produce and space to sit and enjoy a spot of lunch. At the seasonal markets, you’ll find a range of stalls with hot food, crafts and producers selling veg, honey, bread, cider vinegar, herbal remedies and more. It’s also a great opportunity to meet people from community groups linked to sustainable food and zero-waste initiatives, as well as the first place to pick up the latest issue of THRIVE, North Lancashire’s community food magazine. Find out more about the seasonal markets at and save the date for the midwinter market on the 15th December. 

To enjoy everything that Light Up Lancaster has to offer this week visit or pick up a map at The Storey, The Dukes and other locations around Lancaster City. 

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