WARWICKSHIRE may be in tier 3, but it’s good to know there are still ways to discover the true magic of the festive season and indulge in an evening of escapism.
The Light Trail at Warwick Castle invites guests to experience the historic estate in a whole new light as the vast surrounding grounds are transformed with a multi-sensory experience including light installations and projections accompanied by spoken word and musical recordings.
For six weeks from 5th December to 17th January, we’re invited to wrap up warm and follow a glowing path of lanterns in front of the iconic East Front. The new trail follows a romantic medieval theme, as guests are led through the grounds by a festive poem of hope. Multi-coloured lighting projections and installations bring the history of the castle to life after dark, with illuminations putting the spotlight firmly on Castle highlights, including the mighty trebuchet.
Following the winding pathways, you encounter interactive features including an immersive light tunnel, and woodland trail where glittering trees are draped in light. Parts of the trail also feature notable surprises to provide fun for guests of all ages including opportunities to interact with the displays themselves by changing the colours. Guests are also invited to capture memories of this special experience by taking photos at key ‘selfie spots’ featured along the trail.
The magical winter journey doesn’t stop there as guests can continue their experience with a session on the ice rink and a wander around the Winter Market, packed with seasonal gifts, food and drink.
The market is free to visit and open to all – not just Castle ticket-holders. Open daily between until 3rd January 2021 from 10am to 8pm, it’s the perfect opportunity to buy local this Christmas, including craft beer, artisan gin, handcrafted jewellery, homewares, gifts and plants. The outdoor Winter Market provides a safety-conscious solution to Christmas shopping, with contactless payments, one-way systems and additional hygiene measures in place.
Operations Director Liam Bartlett said: “We’re so excited to reopen with such a great collection of festive fun. All of these new attractions have been organised with guest safety as priority – they’re outside in the open air, with timed slots and strict capacity limits to ensure that everyone can socially distance as well as temperature checks on arrival and plenty of sanitising stations.
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming back visitors from the local area in the first instance, and by keeping the Ice Rink, Light Trail and Winter Market open right through until 17th January. We hope that people from elsewhere will also be able to join us when their local restrictions allow.”
With so much safe and seasonal activity on offer at Warwick Castle, there really is light at the end of the tunnel this year!
Book entrance and accommodation online at www.warwick-castle.com
Here is my review of the ice rink from last year, when of course, there were no COVID restrictions in place. . . It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. . . at Warwick Castle | Chalmers News PR