Events Not to Be Missed in Lancaster

Jamie HarperLancaster Student Life

As one of the most loved cultural cities in the North of England, Lancaster is a thriving place, with a huge arts and music scene. Lancaster’s annual events, attract locals as well as visitors from all over the country. From the sell-out Highest Point Festival in Williamson Park to the Music Festival in Autumn, there is something for all the family in Lancaster.


Lancaster has an incredibly vibrant community spirit, with residents and businesses coming together regularly, to showcase the fabulous talent throughout the city. Summer sees the open-air theatre productions, held in Williamson Park and Lancaster Cenotaph. Hosted by the Dukes Theatre, immerse yourself in live theatre, performed in the great outdoors. Just pop a picnic blanket down and enjoy!


The Highest Point Festival is also held in the beautiful Williamson Park, with some incredible headline acts. With views across Morecambe Bay and beyond, along with great music, fabulous food and fun activities, it’s the perfect event in Lancaster for all the family.

Autumn season begins with the popular, Lancaster Music Festival, with acts performing all over the city over a few days. The city literally comes alive, as everywhere from bookshops and boutiques, to pubs, clubs and restaurants host some of the best in local talent. It is an event in Lancaster not to be missed! If that’s not enough, the Lancaster Jazz Festival is another much-loved music event held throughout the city.


As well as the annual fireworks at the historic Lancaster Castle, November also sees the Light Up Lancaster Festival, with some of the most incredible light installations, highlighting the beautiful architecture and culture, Lancaster has to offer.


Lancaster’s historic weekly market is not to be missed in the city centre on Wednesdays and Fridays, with regular food markets, and not forgetting the annual Christmas Market in Dalton Square. The popular Lancaster Ice Rink is situated adjacent to the market, with a craft beer tent, complete with open fires to toast those marshmallows and warm up from the cold. It is a truly magical event and runs from the end of November, right through to the beginning of January. You can also take advantage of some of the best food available, in The Borough, situated right on Dalton Square. The Borough is a very popular Lancaster restaurant and hotel, offering a great place to stay for visitors to Lancaster, along with a popular comedy club every Sunday.