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New Headline Sponsorship Announced for Illuminight

East Ayrshire Leisure, together with event producers Unique Events, has announced that Illuminight, the fire and light spectacular in Kilmarnock’s Dean Castle Country Park, has entered into a headline sponsorship with UK supermarket, Lidl.

The event, which will now be known as "Illuminight with Lidl" returns this autumn from Wednesday 24 October to Sunday 18 November.

Illuminight with Lidl, which last year welcomed over 38,000 people and was a complete sell-out, is a magical experience for all the family offering a brand new set of stunning visuals and state-of-the-art lighting installations along a trail showing Dean Castle and the Country Park in a whole new light.

Lidl will be giving Illuminight with Lidl audiences the opportunity to become stars of the show, with a specially commissioned installation projecting social media photographs and messages live as visitors explore the spectacular new illuminations. Lidl will also be supporting new food and drink villages along the route stocked with their Pick of Scotland range, together with warming stations offering toasted marshmallows and hot winter warming drinks – hot chocolate, mulled wine and warmed cider.

Councillor Elena Whitham, Chair of East Ayrshire Leisure, welcomed this sponsorship announcement. She said:

“This is fantastic news for Illuminight and East Ayrshire in general. Lidl has become such a big household name in recent years and their sponsorship commitment will secure the future of Illuminight with Lidl as the event grows from strength to strength, drawing in visitors from far and wide.

“Lidl’s involvement will help promote the event to audiences further afield and, importantly, will ensure that it remains an affordable and therefore attractive event in the East Ayrshire Calendar.”

Ross Millar, Regional Director for Scotland at Lidl UK, said:

“We are delighted to partner with East Ayrshire Leisure and Unique Events as the official headline sponsor of Illuminight with Lidl, bringing this unique family experience to life. Winter is a truly magical time, and this event is a great opportunity for families to kick off the festive season together.”

Tickets for Illuminight with Lidl, which is also supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, are now on sale through The event runs from Wednesday 24 October (Preview Night) until Saturday 18 November 2018 daily except Mondays.

A limited number of local discounted tickets are available providing a 10% discount on full price tickets only for those with a KA postcode, but please book early to avoid disappointment.

A special Preview Night will be held on Wednesday 24 October, giving visitors the opportunity to be the first to see this year’s event on a discounted ticket price of £10 full price and £5 child tickets.


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