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Lovely Light Trails in Sussex and beyond

You glow, girl! At least, you will at one of these fabulously festive light trails to visit in Sussex and beyond.

Leonardslee Illuminated, Horsham, 25 November – 22 December

Walk through the beautiful grounds of Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens as they come to life with spellbinding illuminations, large scale projections, music and theatrical performances.

Light up Trails, Cowdray Estate, Midhurst, 24 November – 1 January

Inspired by the theme ‘Joy’ the work created by a select band of international artists casts the landscape of magnificant Cowdray in a new light, illuminating the parkland giving a totally magical effect.

Glow Wild, Wakehurst, selected evenings, 25 November 2021 – 2 January 2022

Including the UK’s largest natural screen and the tallest living Christmas tree adorned with 1,800 lights. Don’t miss Brighton-based light artists, Ithaca, who will transform the Walled Garden into a tranquil Twilight trail illuminated by dazzling glowworms.

Christmas at Bedgebury, Goudhurst, Kent, until 3 Jan

Visit Bedgebury Pinetum at night to experience Christmas at Bedgebury, a magical spectacle of light. We’re talking singing trees saturated in colour-changing lights, giant baubles and snowflakes – and of course you won’t wanna miss the breath-taking tunnel of light. There’ll also be a special appearance from the big man himself. This event sells out early every year but there are a handful of tickets left so be quick!

Christmas at Hever Castle, Kent, until 3 Jan

There’s plenty of Christmas magic at Hever Castle this year, with a fairground, Santa’s Grotto, and a visit from the huskies (weekends 12-8pm until 24 Dec). If you’re up for a longer stomp, try Hever’s after-dark Christmas Light Trail which takes approx 1.5 hours to see the Castle’s much-loved landmarks lit up. Starting from 4pm, wrap up warm, enjoy a walk under the stars and witness the enchantment of the Castle, gardens and lake festooned with fabulous colours and twinkling lights.

Christmas Tree Wonderland Trail, Lower Gardens, Bournemouth, Dorset, 19 Nov – 2 Jan

Does what it says on the tin – and then some – with themed replica trees from around the world, including a 60ft walk-through Bournemouth Wonderland Tree, in the Lower Gardens and beyond. The free trail takes in a Christmas market, alpine bar and ice rink, too. Here’s a map.


Heading up to London for some shopping? There are some stunners to be seen once you’ve had your fill of Oxford Street.

Palace of Stardust, Hampton Court, London, 8 Dec until 3 Jan from 4pm-8pm.

Enter a whimsical world of planets and stars on an enchanting new light trail at Hampton Court Palace this winter. The trail winds through the palace’s formal gardens, where you’ll find a fantastical wonderland of clocks, moons, planets and sundials.

Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, London, 26 Nov – 9 Jan

New this year, the sweeping grounds of this neoclassical stately home (which you may recall from the end of Notting Hill) are to be decked out with a magnificent, glowing path. It’s set to be a multi-sensory experience, and there’s even a VIP terrace bar for festive cocktails after.

Lightopia Festival, Crystal Palace Park, London, 19 Nov until 2 Jan

This year Lightopia moves to Crystal Palace Park in south-east London. The award-winning lantern and light festival is a visual spectacular with interactive exhibits, immersive light installations and a magical illuminated trail.

Plus book now for next year in Sussex;

Ignite: Fire & Fantasy at Nymans, 11 February – 6 March 2022

Shake of winter gloom with this brand new after dark experience in the garden at Nymans next year. Step into an enchanting landscape for a magical illuminated trail ideal for all the family.

Want more festive fun? Check out our round-up of the best ice rinks for 2021

Or visit one of the National trust treasures in Sussex for all the festive feels.

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