Light up your bike – or your pet dog!

LumiDogs & Ride the Lights
LumiDogs & Ride the Lights

Make your dog glow this summer.

Ahead of the world famous Blackpool Illuminations, LeftCoast and Blackpool’s Illuminations Team are inviting residents to light up their two-wheeled and four-legged friends.

Every year Ride the Lights sees thousands of two wheeling enthusiasts take to the promenade for a special preview of the illuminations where traffic isn’t allowed and you can cycle in safety.

This year, free workshops will allow visitors to customise their bike with lights and reflectors.

Everyone who attends the workshops will also be invited back on Tuesday, August 26 to form an en-masse LightCycles group that will be the shining star of the Ride the Lights event.

But organisers are also inviting people to bring their pets to special LumiDogs workshops.

Not only that but these phosphorescent pooches will take part in an Illuminated Doggie Fashion Parade on the promenade in September, and will have the chance to be crowned LumiDogs Championt.

Michael Trainor, Artistic Director of LeftCoast, said: “We want to give people the opportunity to actually take part in the illuminations rather than just see them from out of the car window.

“We know that there is an abundance of cyclists and dog owners in the area so this seemed like the perfect match – it’s barking, but brilliant.”

Participants at both LightCycles and LumiDogs workshops will work alongside professional artists to decorate their bicycles and dogs with lights.

The free workshops will run until September and all materials are provided but booking is essential.

For more information or for details of workshop times and locations visit the LeftCoast website at or call 01253 477973.