Lightwaves 2016, Salford quays

Lightwaves 2016, Salford quays

20161211_155626Yesterday we took a trip to Salford quays to see Lightwaves 2016. This is a light installation which includes some of Blackpool illuminations (a very small selection).20161211_160109


This Heartbeat installation only works if you place a hand on a sensor, hold hands with someone and they put their hand on the opposite sensor. The lights then light up in a heart shape if viewed in one direction. From the side the lights show an ECG trace of a heart beat. A very clever installation that we loved.




Further round I loved these lights on the water. My photos don’t do them justice. These look like little paper boats but they are colour changing lights.20161211_163609

These are the Blackpool illuminations ones. There is Noddy, postman pat and sponge bob square pants. The ladybird was made up with having her photo taken by Noddy and postman pat.20161211_164540

20161211_164635These lights of daleks (which were also saying “exterminate”) and astronauts were close to the water too. The ladybird was less sure about these and wouldn’t go near enough to have her picture taken. I think it was the “exterminate” sound that perhaps bothered her.

There were a couple more installations including a sigh saying “Today I love you” but some of the lights were out! There was also an interactive one that was very busy with older kids.

Lightwaves 2016 is on until next Sunday and is worth a visit if you are near by. It doesn’t take that long really. We love things like this but it is a little on the small side. My daughter still talks about meeting Noddy though so it was worth it for us. We combined it with a little christmas shopping in the Lowry outlet, a look round some of the Lowry and a meal out.

I’ve never been to Salford quays before but have wanted to go to the Lowry for some time. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to see the exhibitions but we did spend a bit of time in The lookout, the children’s gallery.




The lookout is a lovely space for children and at 4:30pm on a Sunday, we had it to ourselves. There are lots to do including hula hoops and other props to encourage movement, musical instruments an areas for reading and drawing. our favorite bit was the natural blocks. These were out on a mirrored table and also on the benches by the windows.20161211_160940




I’d really like to go back to the Lowry sometime and see the exhibitions and spend some more time in the lookout like.  They run a number of family events there too, as well as theatre shows so I’ll be keeping an eye out for ones suitable to us.

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Country Kids


  1. December 18, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    What a stunning display! I love the Tardis and the astronaut. I wish we lived closer as my children love things like this. #countrykids

  2. December 18, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    All of the lights look really good but like you my favourites are the ones on the water.

  3. mydangli
    December 18, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Oh I love the Doctor who ones! Looks like a really nice outing 🙂 #countrykids

  4. December 18, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    I’ve never been to Salford Quays, but these lights look really good. #countrykids

  5. January 2, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Looks like a really interesting place, I love anything to do with light shows though!

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