What is Bristol Light Festival?

A 10-day light trail that will illuminate various locations throughout Bristol city centre. It showcases collection of local, national and internationally-renowned light artists and featuring 11 light installations.

When will Bristol Light Festival take place?

Friday 3 – Sunday 12 February 2023, including two weekends.

Do I need to book a ticket?

No. Bristol Light Festival is a city-wide event with no ticket required.

Is Bristol Light Festival free to attend?


Where will Bristol Light Festival take place?

At various locations throughout the city centre. View the map here.

What time will the light installations be switched on?


When is the best time to visit with children?

Weeknights before 7pm.

Where can I find out about the different light installations?

View the full programme here. 

Is there information available at the installations about the artwork?

Each location will have large sign with details about the installation. You can also view more detail on each installation on our online festival programme. 

Are there any age restrictions for any of the light installations?

No, Bristol Light Festival is designed to be family friendly and all inclusive. It is advised that small children are accompanied by an adult at all times.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, as the trail and installations are outside in areas accessible by the public, dogs are allowed to walk the trail. Please note that only guide dogs are allowed to enter St Mary Redcliffe Church to see Ophelia.

Is Bristol Light Festival Covid-19 Safe?

Bristol Light Festival is an outdoor event. As with any infectious disease including Covid 19 anyone experiencing symptoms should remain at home and seek medical advice.

Will there be food and drink available?

There is a huge variety of cafes, bars, restaurants and other eateries along the Light Festival trail for you to enjoy throughout your visit. 

Is the event accessible?

Our Accessibility Policy contains notes on each of the installations which should help you decide which installations you’d like to attend.

Are all installations wheelchair and pushchair accessible?

Due to the city centre location of the event, hard standing routes and dropped kerbs are present throughout the footprint of the event. If you need any help at any of the locations please ask a member of our event team. St Mary Redcliffe Church is wheelchair accessible through the back entrance. 

Who do I contact if I need help?

Our friendly security, stewarding and volunteer teams will be visible at each location, please approach one of them if you need any support or assistance. 

What is the best way for me to travel to Bristol Light Festival?

View our travel guide here. 

Is there parking at the event?

There is no dedicated event parking but there are multiple city centre car parks open throughout the event within walking distance of the installations.