All tickets once purchased are non-refundable and non-exchangeable unless in the unlikely event that we will have to cancel Lightopia 2020, whereby you can transfer your ticket to the following year or receive a refund.
We strongly recommend that you book tickets in advance of this event. Tickets may, however, be purchasable on the day of each event for an extra £2 per ticket (should the date not have already sold out).
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.
We advise arriving 15 minutes before your booked entry start time. Bear in mind that if you are driving to the event, there may be traffic. We advise taking this into consideration when deciding on what time to begin your journey.
Lightopia Festival is suitable for all ages and is to be enjoyed by everyone.
Unfortunately, no pets are allowed to join your journey. Assistance dogs are allowed.
Lightopia Festival is located in the magnificent Heaton Park, Manchester:
Heaton Park, Sheepfoot Lane, Manchester, M25 0BP
Gates Open: 17:00 | Last Entry: 20:30 | Gates Close: 22:00
Friday 20th November – Sunday 22nd November 2020
Friday 27th November – Sunday 29th November 2020
Friday 4th December – Sunday 6th December 2020
Wednesday 11th December – Wednesday 23rd December 2020
Saturday 26th December 2020 – Sunday 3rd January 2021
Lightopia is festival of hand-sculpted lanterns, cherry-picked from across the globe. These unique pieces are carefully curated into a spellbinding trail that leads through the beautiful Heaton Park.
Revellers will journey through different themed areas along a route which also includes food stalls and licenced bars that offer refreshments along the way.
The Lakeside water show plays a key role in the experience, as state-of-the-art projections create a visual masterpiece, bringing the story of Lightopia to life; with a new production created for 2020 that reflects the Lightopia theme of discovery.
New this year is the stand-out Christmas showcase, which uses the Grade I-listed Heaton Hall as its sparkling backdrop – enjoy the most wonderful time of the year at Lightopia, as you pass by Santa’s sleigh, glistening snowflakes and make your own festive soundtrack with a giant interactive walking piano.
Upon completing your ticket purchase, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from your ticket provider.
Your ticket(s) will be sent to you via e-mail to the e-mail address that you used to complete your purchase closer to the time of the event.
If you have purchased a parking ticket, your parking ticket along with your allocated parking space information will also be sent out via e-mail closer to the time of the event.
If you have not received your tickets 48 hours before your selected date, please contact us.
Should a date not have already sold out, tickets will also be purchasable via the box office on the day of the event from 17:00.
There will be an on-site box office on festival open days where you will be able to purchase tickets (should the date have not already sold out). The box office will be open from 17:00.
On average people spent 1.5 hours at the event in 2019, however depending on your walking pace and whether or not you choose to partake in other activities on-site including food, drinks, rides, this time period may be shorter or longer
Lightopia Festival is accessible via a number of different transportation methods.
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.
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.
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/
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:
– [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 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.
Arriving by Car
We have a number of car parks on site that are available for customers.
Car parking tickets will be available to purchase online and onsite unless sold out in advance. If you are driving it is highly recommended that you purchase your car parking ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.
When you purchase your car parking ticket, you will be notified of which car park and which space to use at a later date closer to the time of the event. It is very important that you only go to your designated space.
You can book Lightopia Festival Manchester at Heaton Park with confidence. Come along knowing that the safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is of the utmost importance to us.
We will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it evolves and will update you of any changes by email in the week prior to your arrival.
We are making a number of improvements and changes for 2020 to create a safe and enjoyable visitor experience. These include
· A new exciting trail route making more use of Heaton Park, the paths and allowing more space
· Adding new timed entry slots, reducing entry times
· Adding new car parks, additional spaces and pre purchase parking to ease arrival and departure
· Creating an additional entrance close to the new cark parks allowing for arrival by tram and by car
To add to your safety, we will also be introducing socially distanced, managed queuing and one way systems in some areas. We will have a robust cleansing programme in place and there will be lots of hand sanitisation points throughout the event.
In the unlikely event that we need to cancel Lightopia Festival Manchester at Heaton Park you can transfer your ticket to the following year, or get a refund.