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Help fund Rivington's Festival of Light

Funded on Spacehive 17 April 2023 Delivered 26 October 2023

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Help fund Rivington's Festival of Light

Help fund Rivington's Festival of Light

Rivington Heritage Trust By Rivington Heritage Trust

Help cover the costs of a magical 3-day Festival of Light! Lasers, light trails, music and entertainers are set to enthral. New supporters will receive a Rivington Treasure Hunt activity sheet!

Rivington Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 17 Apr 2023!

The three day Rivington Festival of Light takes place on 26, 27 and 28 October 2023 (half term holidays). It brings joy and sparkle to families in the region at a much more affordable price than other light shows. Be astounded by the light show and lasers dancing across the lake. Gaze in wonder at the illuminated woodlands and buildings. Be entertained by the exhilarating performances. And gasp in awe at our volunteer-designed and created sculpture and lantern trail. Our dedicated volunteers put in 100's of hours of work to deliver this event each year, adding more and more artworks to the trail. Young and old get involved - either in the crafting, the site preparation or running the event - for your delight! Your donations will be used to cover the costs of the event, helping us to keep the ticket prices low for everyone's enjoyment. To help make the event even more accessible, we will give 150 tickets away. 120 to families, and 30 to care-leavers.

What we'll deliver:

  • A Three Day Festival Of Light
  • Lasers, lights, woodland wonders, a magical light trail, entertainers
  • 30 sets of 4 tickets to be won in the draw
  • 30 tickets to be given away to local care-leavers

Why it's a great idea:

1. A light festival for the Northwest that is relatively affordable to families. 2. It's Fun! It brings great joy to all who visit - awestruck by the beauty of the lanterns, lasers and lights 3. Funds raised are used to restore the gardens - managing the woodlands, promoting the environment and biodiversity, and making the parkland safe and accessible, for free, to all. Ensuring local people have access to green spaces. 3. It promotes Rivington, it's heritage and getting out in nature. 4. The volunteers get out in nature, communicate with the public, learn to build willow lanterns and paint flags. 5. Volunteering is a lifeline to many. It gives a purpose and promotes mental well being. At Rivington you can find friendships, laughter, fitness, support and kindness. Over 80 volunteers worked together to deliver the 2022 Festival of Light - an incredible event that entertained 4200 over the three nights.

Steps to get it done:

  • Tickets go on sale to the public
  • Festival layout and planning
  • Ordering all the professional services/providers (toilets, security etc.)
  • Creating/decorating the artworks
  • Festival ground preparations and safety
  • Installation and set up
  • Volunteer scheduling
  • Festival breakdown

The Festival of Light puts Rivington and Lancashire on the map. Its natural, wild, open setting, the woodlands lit up beautifully, the handmade (amateur) lanterns - handcrafted, "organic" not commercial or industrial - is just glorious. It's charming. There are sculptures made by children and adults. Everyone pitches in and the results are SPECTACULAR! The audience love it, and we are told it's much better and has more character than other light trails in the North West. You can get involved - all are welcome to help deliver this AMAZING community event!

Location Rivington

About the space

The Italian lake area at Rivington Terraced Gardens, up on the hill above Adlington.


Chorley Council

How will the money be spent?Total £44,571

Professional lasers and lighting services - £20,122 (45%)
Entertainers - £5,500 (12%)
Overnight Security - £3,755 (8%)
Toilet hire - £3,578 (8%)
Minibus hire x 3 for park and ride plus fuel - £2,180 (5%)
Diesel costs for generators - £1,545 (3%)
School site hire (for park and ride) - £1,500 (3%)
Traffic management and access lifts - £1,050 (2%)
Willow and Craft materials - £700 (2%)
LED Light toys - £684 (2%)
Other - £3,957 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Professional lasers and lighting services
Overnight Security
Toilet hire
Minibus hire x 3 for park and ride plus fuel
Diesel costs for generators
School site hire (for park and ride)
Traffic management and access lifts
Willow and Craft materials
LED Light toys
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • BMRT Event cover
  • Music licence
  • VAT
  • Event Insurance
  • Transaction fees
  • TENS license


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • Maintenance and management of the Gardens
  • Outreach - take the festival to the community (eg Derian House - to be verified))

Total £44,571

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.

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