Architects of Air FAQs

What are the Sensory and Dementia Friendly Sessions?

The Luminarium is always a relaxed environment, however these sessions are offered at the beginning of the day with online booking only to allow for smaller queues and a reduced number of people inside the Luminarium at one time (30 people). The natural light and soundscape will remain the same as all other opening times.

What is a Luminarium and what should I expect?

A Luminarium is a sculpture you enter for an encounter with light. On arrival to the site you will join one of two queues – advance ticket and on the door tickets.

When you are admitted into the reception area you will remove your shoes and leave them in the designated area along with any large bags.

All belongings left at the reception are done so at the owner’s own risk.

Staff and Stewards will be wearing face masks. Visitors are encouraged to wear a face mask.

You will then be admitted into the Luminarium, which people have described as being transported into a whole other world of light. The beautiful colours and light are created by natural light travelling through the coloured material of the Luminarium walls. You will hear an ambient soundtrack. You can wander through the Luminarium at your own pace and even sit/lie down. Once you are ready to leave, you can do so through the one way exit.

Most people naturally spend around 20-30 minutes inside the Luminarium. At busy times, we may place a time limit of 20 minutes on your visit to allow as many people as possible to experience the Luminarium.

There may be pop-up performances happening in the Luminarium not advertised to the public in advance. These will suit the relaxed atmosphere of the Luminarium, however if you would like to chat with us about how these may affect your experience, please get in touch by emailing info@festivalofmaking.co.uk.

Watch the video to see what it’s like to enter a Luminarium.

Where is Corporation Park and what are my transport options?

Corporation Park, Preston New Rd, Blackburn BB2 6AY

For the closest entrance, please use the entrance on West Park Road. There is a path suitable for wheelchairs up to the entrance of the Luminarium.

Alternatively access the park through the Preston New Road or the East Park Road entrance and walk the short distance though the park.

The nearest railway station is Blackburn, 0.5 mile

Corporation Park is 0.5 miles from Blackburn town centre.

The number 59 bus stops near Corporation Park on Preston New Road.

If driving, we advise you to park in Blackburn Town Centre and walk 10 minutes to the park.

There is limited on-road parking surrounding the park due to resident permit bays. 

Click here to see the parking options available in Blackburn town centre, 0.5 miles away.

Who is the Luminarium for?

The Luminarium is suitable for all ages. It is a great option for a family day out, introducing younger children to artistic and cultural experiences in a public space.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Push chairs/prams are not allowed inside the Luminarium.

Is it Covid-safe?

We have put measures in place to ensure a safe environment for all visitors to the luminarium.

  • We are encouraging advance ticket purchase so we can control numbers inside and outside the luminarium at all times, keeping to a covid-secure capacity that allows for physical distancing
  • There will be 2 queues, separating ticket holders to walk-up customers and preventing long queuing times or crowds
  • Walk up tickets will be available by card payment only
  • Hand sanitiser will be available on site
  • Once inside, you will be encouraged to wear a face mask.
  • The structure will be cleaned regularly
  • The structure is well ventilated with air constantly flowing

Press Enquiries / Filming Requests

Alan Parkinson, the artist who created Luminaria, is available for remote interviews on request. Please contact info@festivalofmaking.co.uk to arrange.

For access to the structure for professional filming and photography during public opening, please notify the Festival of Making in advance – info@festivalofmaking.co.uk



2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

The National Festival of Making is supported with funding from Arts Council England and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

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