The sky will light up with fireworks and Irvine’s sleepy, historic waterfront will shimmer into life this St Andrew’s Day as we celebrate the start of our four night art and light spectacular, illumination: Harbour Festival of Light.
Explore our free illumination Trail along the River Irvine with vessels, buildings and Harbourside sparkling with lights.
Marvel at breathtaking aerial acrobatics and an extraordinary light show in and around the vast Linthouse at the Scottish Maritime Museum.
Join in the Lantern Parade, watch The Clan, Scotland's Cycle Stunt Team, enjoy the food and craft fair, skiff racing, whisky tastings, funfair and more!
illumination in Irvine, North Ayrshire, is the perfect evening adventure to begin your festive season.
Most illumination events are FREE. However, if you’d like to attend the illumination Light and Aerial Spectacular you will need a ticket.
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illumination: Harbour Festival of Light is staged by the Scottish Maritime Museum.
illumination: Harbour Festival of Light has been supported by:
Enjoy the Murray McDavid range of inspired fine Scotch whiskies aboard a beautifully restored 1960s wooden cutter.Read more
This new event at the illumination Festival has been brought to you by popular request.
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Take a stroll along the Harbourside to see the illuminated buildings and art installations including the Kelpie Maquettes created by Andy ScottRead more
Celebrate St Andrews Day with a visit to the illumination Festival. So much going on including an amazing firework display at 6.45pm.Read more
A not to be missed amazing performance by Spinal Chord performing gravity defying illuminated aerial acrobatics and the breath-taking fire show.Read more
Don't miss a head-to-head competition between two stars of Scotland's Cycle Stunt Team.Read more
Watch Scottish Coastal Rowing teams race along the River Irvine. Races run regularly between 11.00am – 5.00pm
Display from 7.00pm – 9.00pmRead more
Arrive early and be part of the Lantern Parade or enjoy watching as it snakes along the Harbourside. Read more
Before the Closing Fireworks Display at 8.15pm make time to enjoy the illumination Light Trail for the last time this year and visit the illumination Food and Craft Market.Read more