what is illumination?

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 and illumi Bike Ride, enjoy the food and craft fair, skiff racing, whisky tastings and more!

illumination in Irvine, North Ayrshire, is the perfect evening adventure to begin your festive season.

illumination : Harbour Festival of Light is staged by the Scottish Maritime Museum.

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illumination: Light and Aerial Art Spectacular

Your extraordinary evening begins with a fire show in front of the vast A Listed Linthouse glowing with pulsating colours. Enjoy historic vessels Carola and Spartan lit up, a light installation on the boating bond, the Vintage Bus Bar and the monumental story of shipbuilding writ large against the colossal façade.

Then step inside the ‘cathedral of engineering’ and former shipyard building. Marvel at Spinal Chord as they perform gravity defying aerial acrobatics high above beautiful boats and awesome relics of maritime engineering.

  • Location: The Linthouse, Scottish Maritime Museum, Harbour Road
  • Dates: Thursday 30th November, Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December
  • Times: Thursday 30th: 6.00pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm, 9.30pm, Friday 1st: 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm, 9.30pm, Saturday 2nd: 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 7.00pm, 8.00pm, 9.00pm, Sunday 3rd: 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 9.00pm
  • Prices: Adult £12.50; Child (4yrs – 15yrs) £8.50; 3yrs and under FREE
Please note:
 
The above start times are for the aerial performances inside the Linthouse. Please arrive 30 minutes early to enjoy the fire performances and other attractions in the Museum Courtyard. 
 
The only exception is the 4.30pm Linthouse show on Sunday 3rd . Visitors to this show will be able to see the fire performance in the Courtyard afterwards.

 
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illumination: St.Andrew’s Day Fireworks Display

Our illumination festival begins on St Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day. Watch our pyrotechnics crackle, fizz and sparkle as we celebrate our history, culture and heritage with people at home and abroad.

illumination has received support as part of the Scotland’s Winter Festivals events programme.

Please note: Most illumination events are FREE. However, if you’d like to attend the Light, Fire and Aerial Art Spectacular you will need a ticket.

  • Location: Irvine Harbourside
  • Date: Thursday 30th November
  • Time: 6:45pm
  • Prices: Free

 

illumination: Light Trail

Highlights this year include the shimmering steel Kelpie maquettes sparkling with light on Irvine Harbour, once one of Scotland’s most important ports.

The three metre high maquettes are a fabulous opportunity to see what the world’s largest equine sculptures created by Andy Scott look like close up.

Look out too for brightly lit historic vessels including the small Tall Ship La Malouine, illuminated buildings along the waterfront, brightly lit skiffs racing along Irvine River (Saturday), our beautiful twinkling George Wyllie inspired Paper Boat and a stunning light installation trailing from Harbourside onto the water designed by Squid Soup.

Please note: Most illumination events are FREE. However, if you’d like to attend the Light, Fire and Aerial Art Spectacular you will need a ticket.

  • Location: Irvine Harbourside and The Linthouse Courtyard, Scottish Maritime Museum
  • Dates: Thursday 30th November to Sunday 3rd December
  • Times: 4.00pm – 10.00pm
  • Prices: Fre

 

illumination: Lantern Parade

Let our community Lantern parade created in collaboration with Harbour Arts Centre and Ayrshire Youth Arts light your way as you take in our illumination Trail. Make your own lantern at one of the lantern-making workshops during November. Look out for dates on our Facebook/Twitter @scotmaritime

Please note: Most illumination events are FREE. However, if you’d like to attend the Light, Fire and Aerial Art Spectacular you will need a ticket.

  • Location: Irvine Harbourside
  • Date: Saturday 2nd December
  • Times: 6.00pm
  • Prices: Free

 

illumination: Skiff Racing by the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association

Watch Scottish Coastal Rowing members race their skiffs across Irvine Harbour during the day before taking a gentler pace twinkling on the water at night.

Please note: Most illumination events are FREE. However, if you’d like to attend the Light, Fire and Aerial Art Spectacular you will need a ticket.

  • Location: Irvine Estuary/River
  • Dates: Saturday 2nd December
  • Times: Races run regularly between 11.00am – 5.00pm/Display from 7.00pm – 9.00pm
  • Prices: Free

 

illumination: Whisky Tastings with Murray McDavid

Step onboard the 1950s cutter boat Murray McDavid to enjoy an expert whisky tasting with Murray McDavid. Expect wonderful drams from across Scotland, all unique and full of character

Please note: Most illumination events are FREE. However, if you’d like to attend the Light, Fire and Aerial Art Spectacular you will need a ticket.

  • Location: Pontoon Irvine Harbourside
  • Dates: TBC
  • Times: TB
  • Prices: TBC

 

illumination: Closing Fireworks Display

Enjoy our illumination Trail on the Harbourside before enjoying the fireworks which will bring illumination : Harbour Festival of Light to a close with a whizz, bang and pop.

Please note: Most illumination events are FREE. However, if you’d like to attend the Light, Fire and Aerial Art Spectacular you will need a ticket.

  • Location: Irvine Harbourside
  • Dates: Sunday 3rd December
  • Times: 8.15pm
  • Prices: Free

 

illumination: Food Market

Refuel with some tasty food and drink and discover some great crafts at our illumination Food & Craft Fair. Featuring 40 stands, it’s the perfect place to begin or end your illumination visit.

Please note: Most illumination events are FREE. However, if you’d like to attend the Light, Fire and Aerial Art Spectacular you will need a ticket.

  • Location: In front of Puffers, Irvine Harbourside
  • Dates: Thursday 30th November to Sunday 3rd December
  • Times: Thursday 30th & Friday 1st 5.00pm – 10.00pm, Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd 12noon – 10.00pm
  • Prices: Free

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getting here

  • By road: From the A77 take the A71 and follow the brown VisitScotland road signs to the Museum or Harbourside. FREE parking at Irvine Beach car park. Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, North Ayrshire, Harbour Road KA12 8QE
  • By rail: The Museum and Harbourside are five minutes walk from Irvine Railway Station.
  • By sea: Visitors can moor at our pontoon in Irvine Harbour subject to availability and pre-booking.

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