Lightopia Festival

Special event

Location
Heaton Park
Date
Thursday 25 November 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022
Impacted area(s)

Heaton Park, Bury Old Road, Sheepfoot Lane and Middleton Road

The award-winning Lightopia will return with its flagship event in Manchester, for the third year, with a brand-new enchanting light and lantern festival; presenting a Christmas Fantasy at Heaton Park.

The never-before-seen, illuminated trail will feature magical and multi-sensory interactive lights, lanterns and installations, illustrating a story of an imaginative and fantasy festive world.

Lightopia festival will take place across the following dates:

  • Thursday 25 November to Sunday 28 November
  • Thursday 2 December to Sunday 5 December
  • Thursday 9 December to Friday 24 December (nightly)
  • Sunday 26 December to Monday 3 January

Opening hours will be from 5pm to 10pm (with 15-minute entry slots, last entry at 8.30pm).

If you're heading to the festival on any of the dates our key travel advice is:

  • Historical data from the event shows that the most popular times are between 5pm to 6.30pm. This means journey times are likely to increase around this period. Allow yourself a little extra journey time so that you don't miss your time slot.
  • Car parking is available on site, but if you are able to, consider leaving the car at home for the night and hop on the tram which will take you directly to the entrance at Heaton Park. Please do not park on any of the surrounding streets or local residential areas.

Metrolink

The Metrolink is a great way to get to see Lightopia Festival.

Heaton Park Metrolink stop is less than a minute walk to a third entrance gate into the site.

There is a pedestrian crossing available for customers to safely cross Bury Old Road.

Tickets

Taking the family? Take advantage of the Metrolink family 1-day travelcard, which can be used to travel across the whole network for just £7.30 (allows 2 adults and 3 children to travel). Alternatively, you can buy a family weekend travelcard for just £9.50.

Find out more about Metrolink zones and contactless payments.

Keep up to date with the latest information on Metrolink by following @MCRMetrolink on Twitter.

Park and Ride

If you are travelling on the Bury line, there are also some relatively close, and free, Park and Ride sites which you can use to hop on the tram and avoid the traffic:

You can find your nearest Park and Ride site here.

Bus

Several bus services travel to Heaton Park including the 41, 59, 135 and 156.

The 135 is the most frequent service – running every 10 minutes- travelling from Manchester city centre to Cheetham, Cheetham Hill, Heaton Park, Besses o’ th’ Barn, Whitefield and Bury.

We expect the busiest times to travel to the festival will be in the evening peak between 5pm to 6.30pm.

If you are considering catching a bus, follow the bus operators on Twitter for the latest service updates:

Driving

The best way to see Lightopia Festival is by using public transport.

Our historical data from the event shows that the most popular times are between 5pm to 6.30pm. This means journey times are likely to increase during this period. Allow yourself a little extra journey time so that you don't miss your time slot.

The event will use two areas to park vehicles:

  • The North Car Park: St Margaret’s - 460 spaces
  • The South Car Park : Gate 9 - 620 spaces

All cars will require a car parking ticket, which is charged at £5.00 if bought in advance and £6.00 on the door. Please do not park on any of the surrounding streets or local residential areas.

North Car Park ticket holders

Exit the M60 at junction 17 and turn left onto St Margaret’s Road and then enter Heaton Park through gate 15.

South Car Park ticket holders

Exit the M60 at Junction 19 and drive anti clockwise round the park and turn right into gate 12.ext.

Walking and Cycling

If you live locally why not stretch those legs and walk to the event or for a quicker journey get on your bike!

There will be bike parking available and you should enter at St Margret’s, Gate 15.

Check out all your active travel options in your local area here.

Useful Links

For more information on the Lightopia Festival, please visit the official website.