Visit Lancaster

by Northern Life


Visit Lancaster this spring when colourful flowers blossom on the outskirts of the city and the streets and the river and canal come alive, welcoming visitors to enjoy the city’s attractions and events!

Highest Point by Robin Zahler and Deco Publique

Highest Point returns to Williamson Park with an amazing musical line-up and the Food and Drink Festival brings three days of foodie heaven to Lancaster Brewery. Lancaster Pride will fill the streets with rainbows, Festa Italia will offer a taste of Italy and Lancarnaval will bring the sounds of Brazil to the city centre. Venture a little further afield to enjoy the quirky Wray Scarecrow Festival, discover the Maiden Bridge Gallery Exhibition or visit Gresgarth Hall’s picturesque Garden Open Days. Following a very successful visit from Luke Jerram’s stunning ‘Museum of the Moon’ installation to Lancaster Priory, this year you can see ‘Gaia’ – a graceful and beautiful replica of the Earth.

Gaia is expected to attract thousands of people to Lancaster Priory this summer

As we move into summer, enjoy the cool breeze from the river as you stroll round the historic city centre, perhaps stopping to visit the castle or to take in the ‘Morecambe – The Naples of the North’ exhibition at the City Museum. Now is the time to book for The Dukes’ Play in the Park – this year Jungle Book promises to bring music and laughter to the stunning setting of Williamson Park!

The audience get close to the drama during The Dukes outdoor walkabout productions such as the 2016 UK Theatre Award winning production of The Hobbit pictured here.

Lancaster Arts, The Dukes and Lancaster Grand offer drama, dance, music, comedy, and family events all year round, whilst Kanteena has curated a great programme of music events for all tastes. There are even some unusual activities to discover, including the new craze of axe throwing at Black Axe! For something more relaxing, take in a classic film or blockbuster at The Dukes or Vue cinemas, or enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Lancaster canal. Or simply browse Lancaster’s high street stores, independent shops and bustling markets, stopping for a drink or a bite to eat at one of its welcoming cafés or bars.

Photo credit: Diana Jarvis

Whether you want to explore and discover or relax and unwind,

Lancaster has plenty to enjoy this spring and summer!

Find out more about What’s On: or call the Visitor Information Team on 01524 582394