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Irvine illumination: Harbour Festival of Light everything you need to know!


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.

Discover hundreds of brightly coloured origami boats and butterflies hand-crafted by international artists Aether & Hemera on our free illumination Trail along the River Irvine.


Marvel at breathtaking aerial acrobatics and an extraordinary light show in and around the vast Linthouse at the Scottish Maritime Museum.

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.

illumination: Light and Aerial Art Spectacular
  • Location: The Linthouse, Scottish Maritime Museum, Harbour Road

  • Dates: Wednesday 30th November, Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd December

  • Times: 4.30pm, 5.45pm, 7.00pm and 8.30pm

  • Prices: Adult £10.00; Children (age 3-15)/ Concession (over 65/ carer) £7.50; Children under 3 free

illumination: St.Andrew’s Day Fireworks Display
  • Location: Irvine Harbourside

  • Date: Wednesday 30th November

  • Time: 8:15pm

  • Prices: Free

illumination Trail
  • Location: Irvine Harbourside and The Linthouse Courtyard, Scottish Maritime Museum

  • Dates: Wednesday 30th November to Saturday 3rd December

  • Times: 4.00pm – 10.00pm

  • Prices: Free

illumination: Lantern Parade and Closing Fireworks Display
  • Location: Irvine Harbourside

  • Date: Saturday 3rd December

  • Times: Parade 6pm, Fireworks 8:15pm

  • Prices: Free

illumination: Gin Tasting – Challenge your senses…

Join Emma Handsley from A. D. Rattray’s Whisky Experience for a tasting with a twist – Yes, we’ll be keeping you ‘in the dark’ as to which gin you are trying! Price includes complimentary ticket to the illumination Light and Aerial Art Spectacular.

  • Location: Puffers Café, Irvine Harbourside

  • Date: Thursday 1st December

  • Time: Tastings at 5pm and 7pm

  • Prices: £25.00

illumination: Whisky Tasting – Challenge your senses…

Join Raphael Marinoni from A. D. Rattray’s Whisky Experience as he guides everyone through the nosing and ‘blind’ tasting of four very different whiskies. Price includes complimentary ticket to the illumination Light and Aerial Art Spectacular.

Location: Puffers Café, Irvine Harbourside

Date: Friday 2nd December

Time: Tastings at 5pm and 7pm

Prices: £25.00

illumination Lantern Making Workshops

Join one of our free, artist led workshops and make your own lantern or banner to carry in the illumination Lantern Parade.

Location: Irvine, various venues

Dates: Throughout November

Prices: Free

Please note, elements of this festival may include flashing lights.

Tickets for all the evnts can be baught at www.illuminationfestival.co.uk


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