Here at IPM, we’ve created a list of all the events taking place within Lancaster during your first term at university. As well as a handful of free and paid experiences, we’ve also included a few of our teams’ local favourites too. These fun-filled events are sure to get you out of your Lancaster student accommodation and enjoying the city sights!

Lancaster Music Festival (Oct 13 – 16)

This year Lancaster will be celebrating their 12th music festival, which is to take place throughout the city centre. It has been announced that it will include over 400 performances by more than 200 artists including all music tastes ranging from heavy rock, soul and classical. Some of the venues for 2022 include the Judges’ Lodgings Museum, Tite and Locke, Lancaster Railway Station, a variety of pubs, and many more!

One of the specially themed events for this year’s festival will be musical recreations of how the music festival sounded and looked 200 years ago! Everyone is free to join in the fun with this musical event and participation is encouraged during a wide range of events from dancing to drumming. If you’re not a natural musician, there’s also a Tuneless Choir! Perfect for those of us who believe we have 0 musical talent.

Inclusivity is a key part of the Lancaster music festival as it will host a range of music from around the world at a variety of different locations. Keep an eye out for the full festival line-up on their website here.

Light up Lancaster (Nov 4 – 5)

Light up Lancaster is one of the most popular events in Lancaster and is loved by both locals and tourists. During the first weekend of November, head out into the centre of Lancaster for a fantastic discovery trail of magical lights. Light up Lancaster offers free performances around the city centre as well as amazing light projections, music, dance, film, and a stunning firework display. On Saturday evening, the firework show is open for anyone to attend, and they are launched from the castle. As the display is in the city centre, it can be seen from a variety of viewing locations- you might even be able to spot them from the window of your Lancaster student accommodation!

For more information on Light up Lancaster 2022 visit their website here.

Lancaster Christmas Light Switch On (Nov 27)

Kick off Christmas in style at Lancaster’s Christmas Light Switch On. This year promises a spectacular stage show followed by our extremely popular Christmas Light Countdown with Santa himself. This event is not one to be missed and is sure to get you in a festive mood. This is the perfect activity to get you out of your Lancaster student accommodation, and, best of all, it’s free so everyone can attend and have fun!

Lancaster On Ice (Nov 25 – Jan 8)

Grab your skates this December and take to the ice at one of the city’s best Winter attractions: Lancaster On Ice! Dalton Square gets transformed into a winter wonderland of epic proportions, with an open-air ice rink, Tipi Bar, Santa’s grotto, and a small Christmas market.

Not much information has been released about Lancaster on Ice just yet, however, they do have a Facebook page and a website where you can keep up to date with what’s going on and book tickets.

To keep up with the latest with things Lancaster student accommodation, IPM, and city events visit the IPM website.