Join us for Mansfield District Council's 2024 Light Night at Carr Bank Park from Saturday 10 February until Tuesday 13 February between 4pm and 8pm daily.
Prepare to be captivated as we showcase the parks natural splendour into a luminous haven, featuring four dazzling main areas that promise to brighten up your evening:
- The Radiant Bandstand: Marvel at the main Bandstand adorned with 360 screens showcasing mesmerizing artistic performances. The surrounding area will be enhanced with spotlight seating and patterns dancing on the floor, creating a stunning visual spectacle.
- Tranquil Tree Canopy: Take a moment to unwind in an area decked with warm white fairy lights draped elegantly over the majestic trees. Follow illuminated pathways with rope lights, and discover benches perfect for a leisurely break or a moment to lie down and gaze up at the enchanting display.
- Enchanted Forest: Immerse yourself in the magic of the Enchanted Forest, where cool tones of blue and pink light the surroundings. Over 250 candles will be scattered on the floor, with beam lights casting on a collection of colourful rotating mirror balls. Keep an eye out for woodland forest animals, and listen closely—you might even hear them!
- Carnival Party: Experience the Carnival-inspired, multi-coloured sensory area. Dive into a world of colour, dynamic patterns, and bright lights. Walk down a path surrounded by radiant floating tree hula hoops and a dazzling light tunnel. Conclude your journey by taking a seat on LED cube chairs while embracing the energetic tunes that fill the air.
To enhance your Light Night experience, indulge in a culinary delight at our mini food court, with a variety of options to keep you warm, it's the perfect way to begin or end your enchanting visit. There will be Sid and the Spoon, offering waffles, cakes and a huge variety of hot chocolate and hot drinks, Alex Holland’s burger and donut van which stands on Mansfield Market 5 days a week, and the on-site café The Teahouse, opening especially for this event with a delicious limited menu of hot sausage rolls, homemade soup and more.
Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this magical event, where art and light come together to create an unforgettable spectacle.
Light up your life with us, from Saturday 10 February to Tuesday 13 February daily from 4 pm to 8 pm, at Carr Bank Park.
We are delighted to announce that we have managed to secure a limited amount of blue badge parking for Mansfield Light Night.
From 4pm-8pm on Saturday 10 Feb to Tuesday 13 Feb, there is blue badge parking available in Carr Bank Hotel’s car park, located on Windmill Lane.
Please note, this is still a functioning car park for the businesses on site (the hotel, café and hairdressers etc) but we will be able to utilise around half of the car park for 20-30 vehicles. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis and a blue badge must be shown on arrival. A Steward will be on entrance to try to ensure a smooth arrival for all our attendees, it may be busy so please be patient.
On Saturday 10 February from 4pm to 8pm, we have some exciting updates:
- A Silent Disco from 4pm to 8pm. Canvas will be immersing our attendees with 4 hours music, with 3 channels to choose from including R&B/ Dance, Cheesy Pop and Disney from 4pm to 6pm, then Gamer FM from 6pm to 8pm. There will be an indoor experience in a marquee or an outdoor area so you can look at the fantastic light display, whilst dancing away. Headsets are £5 hire, which will be refunded on their safe return. Cash only.
- Gingersnap Parties are showcasing their LED Winged Lightwalkers for the first time ever! The eye-catching performers will gracefully move through the event on foot or stilts, entertaining and engaging with attendees, showing their stunning wings and mesmerising movements
- One of Jason Wilsher-Mills incredible light up inflatable sculpture, The Green Man, will be the centre piece of Mansfield Light Night for the opening event and Sunday 11 February. Jason is a disabled digital artist who initially trained as an oil painter. He later learned to ‘embrace the pixel’ and use digital technology when he became disabled. Jason has exhibited widely, both internationally and throughout the UK, including presenting work at V&A Late. His exhibition is currently on at Mansfield Museum, until 9 March 2024.
- The Carr Bank hotel will be lighting up its stunning building
- Before you visit this event, you can head over to Mansfield Museum on Leeming Street which is opening later on Saturday 10 February and create your very own Chinese lantern to bring with you, to celebrate Chinese New Year and the year of the Dragon. From 2pm to 4pm, £5 entry and only 40 places (all lanterns will be carried around the event and taken home. LED tea lights included, please do not litter on the park
For more information on the event, visit the Facebook event page discussion tab here (link opens in a new window).
What to remember for Mansfield Light Night
- Torches, glow sticks, anything that lights up to be part of the illumination
- Warm clothes and waterproofs, it is February, and England, so lots of layers, grab your hat, wellies, scarf, umbrellas and gloves and get nice and toasty as you walk around
- Water, hydration is key to any fun event
- We have food vendors on site to help keep you warm and comfortable, they do accept card, but as we are on a park, we cannot guarantee connectivity, so please bring cash along just in case
- The park is dog friendly, so if you decide to bring your furry friend, please remember to pick up and bin their poop.
- We have first aid, lost child (upon entering the event, please make your way to the lost child tent for a wristband that you can write your contact number on and pop it on your child) and toilets on the park during this event
- £5 cash for your headset to join in the Silent Disco (this will be returned to you when you return the headset)
- The car park on Windmill Lane is owned by Carr Bank hotel, so this park has no council parking, the same as all year round, so please plan your journey with this in mind
- The park does have lampposts on site, but it will be dark at some parts of this event, so please take your time, stick to the paths and use your torch if you can't see well
- This is a park, filled with nature and the fun quirks that come with it, so if you go off the path, there may be uneven ground and even the odd tree root, so watch our for tripping hazards.
- Following on from this, this is where lots of wildlife live and grow, and we are very proud of our Green Flag award for this park, so please hold on to your litter and take it home, or put it in one of the bins provided
How to get to Mansfield Light Night
We expect this to be a busy event and we can’t wait to welcome visitors from near and far to Carr Bank Park.
- Bath Lane on street parking, NG 18 2BU
- Newgate Lane Car Park NG18 2HG – 15 minute walk
- Clumber Street car park NG18 1NB – 10 minute walk
- Toothill Lane long stay (NG18 1NJ) – 14 minute walk
- Handley Arcade car park short stay (NG18 1NJ) – 13 minute walk
- Toothill Road short stay (NG18 1NW) 13 minute walk
All Mansfield District Council car parks can be found at on our parking pages (link opens in new window).
Stagecoach run buses to Mansfield Bus Station from Nottingham, Derby, Chesterfield, Newark, Sutton-in-Ashfield and Sheffield. They also run buses from the Bus Station and Leeming Street stops to Nursery Street and Bath Lane near Carr Bank Park. Details of the services can be found at on the Stagecoach website (link opens in new window). You can also plan Stagecoach bus journeys on their plan a journey page (link opens in new window).
To Nursery Street: Buses 1, 11 and 12.
To Bath Street: Buses 14, 15, 15a, 16 and 201.
Light Night is a 19-minute walk from Mansfield Train Station, via Station Road, Mansfield Bus Station, Market Street, Market Place, Leeming Street and Bath Lane. Trains to Mansfield from Worksop and Nottingham run throughout the day and until 11pm on Monday to Saturday and 9pm on Sundays.
Walking and cycling
If you are walking or cycling, take extra care in the dark. Cyclists should keep their distance from buses and larger vehicles - they may turn suddenly and not see you. You can walk with your bicycle around the Night Light displays or secure it in the park.
Nottinghamshire Police has information about staying safe while out and using public transport: Visit their Nottinghamshire Police website (link opens in new window).