As the nights close in and the winter approaches many of our local attractions are preparing to brighten things up with lantern and light trails.
Here are a few which have caught my eye and look amazing:
Light Night Worcester
19 - 21 October
This year Light Night Worcester 2021 will feature four brand new large- scale projections created specifically for Worcester, transforming buildings in the city centre, whilst playful performances, which include Ghost Caribou by Thingumajig Theatre, will light up the surrounding streets. International and award-winning artists and organisations - imitating the dog, Illuminos, Limbic Cinema and Mark Murphy have worked with local schools, guilds and organisations to create the work that will premiere at the festival.
Lantern Trail at West Midland Safari Park
22 October - 5 December
Starting in October half term, the immersive light installations will transform the Park, transporting guests to a wonderland of lanterns and interactive lighting displays. With over forty light groupings, and up to 1000 individual lanterns, the event will have something for all ages, and make a fantastic family evening out.
With magical lit-up landscapes, dinosaur lanterns, glowing animal installations, a giant interactive piano keyboard, rainbow tunnel and many other creations, the 3km trail has been designed to offer guests a safe and enjoyable evening, with plenty of fun all round.
New Halloween Trail at Blenheim Palace
22 – 31 October
As Halloween creeps closer and the days shorten, a mysterious mist falls across the gardens at Blenheim Palace. Join with family and friends to wander from dusk into darkness between one ghostly space to another... if you dare!
Watch out for flickering flames in a fiendish fire garden, daring fire artists and grinning pumpkins aglow. Wind your way through the illuminated haunted woods filled with creepy neon cobwebs, ghastly ghouls, wicked witches, larger-than life spiders and beastly bats. Then discover the Secret Garden filled with more hidden surprises. Could it be a trick of the light or do things really go “bump in the night”?
The Enchanted Gardens at Webbs of Wychbold
6 November - 6 January
Immerse yourself in a fairy tale world, as you make your way through twinkling lights and lanterns to the snowy north pole. This winter we are delighted to bring you our fairy tale light trail - ‘The Enchanted Gardens’. We have been busy extending our beautiful Riverside Gardens at Wychbold into the woodland beyond and we’d love you to bring all the family to experience the magic. Tiptoe through the glowing toadstools in the fairy gardens, past the illuminated gingerbread houses and into the woods to find Hansel & Gretel’s cottage. Beware of the giant! Wrap up warm as you journey onto the snowy north pole, where children will be able to chat to Santa and his elves in their busy workshop and take some festive photographs to remember the occasion. Once you’ve completed the trail, warm up in our beautiful festoon-lit tipi tents with a great selection of food and drink available.
Festive Illuminated Walk at Chatsworth House, Peak District
6 November - 9 January
Take a stroll around Chatsworth House's grand gardens, specially lit up for the Christmas season. The walk is included in Christmas and Garden Tickets.
Luminate Coombe at Coombe Abbey
18 November – 24 December
A spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses. As darkness descends, join us on our enchanting journey, as we weave a captivating light trail through the stunning, historic grounds of Coombe Abbey Park. Immerse yourself in our mesmerising mile long trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.
Steam in Lights on The Severn Valley Railway
19 November – 23 December
This year, Steam in Lights features brand new narration for the exciting family-friendly experience, which begins at the magically-lit Bridgnorth station. There’s a live performance on platform 2 with entertainment from Grandma Cackler and her grandson before the dramatic arrival of the breath-taking steam-hauled train, adorned with tens of thousands of colourful lights. Before departure, guests will have the opportunity to purchase tasty, festive treats and drinks from the refreshment room to enjoy on their journey.
Once settled in the comfort and warmth of their private compartment or at a socially-distanced table, passengers will embark on a thrilling journey past twinkling scenes, full of lights, forest creatures and mysterious characters, accompanied by music and narration. This year the number and range of lineside displays has been expanded to ensure this is a truly unforgettable experience.
Illuminated Christmas Light Trail at Blenheim Palace
19 November – 2 January
As darkness falls take a stroll around the Palace's picture perfect gardens lit up with over a million lights and lasers. Discover glittering tunnels of light, dancing lakeside reflections and trees drenched in jewel like colour. Gaze up at larger than life illuminations and don't forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.
Light Trail at Warwick Castle
27 November – 3 January
Back by popular demand, explore the grounds and gardens dressed in thousands of sparkling lights and featuring breath-taking light projections, under a wintery night sky. A 45 minute experience.
Lap of Lights at Silverstone
1 December – 3 January
Our award-winning and sell-out winter attraction returns this Christmas. Follow Santa's light-filled journey around the world in our bigger, brighter & even longer lap for 2021. The first and only laser light drive in the UK with 400,000 individual festive light pixels and 440 laser beams powerful enough to hit the moon over 3.5 miles.
Illuminated Arboretum at National Memorial Arboretum
Join us for an evening to remember as we light up the Arboretum after hours to begin the festive season with a kaleidoscope of colour. With something to captivate visitors of all ages, follow the illuminated trail through our gardens and woodlands and enjoy the atmosphere of the Arboretum at night.
Local Mum of two boys and editor of Raring2go! in Solihull and South Warwickshire.