We have arrived at that time of year when the days are getting noticeably shorter and many of us will be returning home from work in the dark. The lack of sunlight can make the days feel more dreary but winter doesn’t need to be dull. Every cloud has a silver lining, and for winter than can mean the beautiful lights displays which will brighten the darkness across the UK. These displays aren’t all Christmas lights either, meaning if you’re not quite ready to get festive, there will still be something for you.
Date: 26th November – 30th December 2020
Photo credit: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
The Glow Wild winter lantern festival is a wonderful chance to experience Wakehurst Place in a whole new light. So visit this beautiful botanical garden at night for a walk to remember. There will be stunning lights and lanterns to illuminate the place in all its glory.
The Enchanted Forest, Stockeld Park
Location: North Yorkshire
Date: 21st November 2020 – 3rd January 2021
Photo credit: Yorkshire Wonders
Head to The Enchanted Forest at Stockeld Park to see its magical winter transformation, from November 2020 to January 2021. There will be thousands of lights brightening the darkness and illuminating sculptures to spot. There is a forest path to follow and kids will love the adventure playgrounds.
Illuminated Light Trail
When: 20th November 2020 – 3rd January 2021
Photo credit: Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace will be hosting it’s annual Illuminated Light Trail this year. With thousands of fairy lights, lasers and projections this dazzling display will surely cast away the gloom of winter. While you’re there, take a wander around the Christmas market too.
Land of Light
When: 7th November 2020 to 10th January 2021
Photo credit: Group Travel Organiser
Watch the magic come alive this winter at the Land of Light. From November 2020, a wonderful array of lanterns will light up Longleat Estate. In this fantastic building, visitors can relax and enjoy all the colourful lights. Gather your family and friends for a fantastic light-filled voyage at Longleat.
Mousehole Harbour Lights
When: Rescheduled for Winter 2021
Photo credit: Cornish Stuff
This small village in Cornwall really outdoes itself every year. The Mousehole Harbour Lights are world-famous and worth driving down to South Cornwall for. This will be its 57th year and you can expect a wonderful display of lights, made twice as magical by their reflections in the harbour’s water.