This blog post is marked as an advert because we were kindly gifted this experience free of charge by Sudeley Castle. Thank you to Sudeley Castle for inviting us to experience the Spectacle of Light this Christmas.
Each year the grounds of Sudeley Castle are lit up in spectacular style as the Spectacle of Light celebration gets underway.
This year the theme for the the Spectacle of Light is Alice in Wonderland. This tale of old is weaved as you walk through the grounds which have been cast in a magical spell of wonder and intrigue where nothing is quite as it seems.
Even the drive to the Castle through the pretty town of Winchcombe is a sight to behold with glittering Christmas trees and rainbow coloured uplighters transforming the tree lined driveway into a festive forest.
On arrival at the car park which is free of charge for the duration of the visit, we were directed to the main entrance which is dressed for the occasion like a pretty Christmas cabin.
Once inside the castle grounds, we left a message on the wishing tree which twinkled and sparkled in the evening breeze. We then turned left past a bewildered Alice and found ourselves following the trail of the white rabbit, immediately struck by the intricacy and colour of the lights – it truly is a spectacle.
We walked slowly through a tunnel of fairy lights interspersed with an ornate tea set and a deck of cards reminiscent of the story.
We were mesmerised by the moon installation which cast a ghostly and eerie presence across the lake – not a sound could be heard as visitors reflected on the sight of the full moon.
Winding our way through the grounds of the castle we passed the Sudeley pheasantry and came across characters including the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts who were only too happy to pose for photographs and entertain the crowds.
I was fascinated by the range of colours displayed which made for truly beautiful scenes contrasted against the ancient stone buildings.
Bubba loved watching the fountain of lights set to music as water jets shot jewelled colours into the air. The stewards situated throughout the grounds were only too happy to assist us with the pram when navigating a few steps.
The night air can be chilly this time of year so we were sure to wrap up warm however there are food and drink stalls in the castle courtyard where festive treats could be purchased.
A highlight of the event was the Queen’s garden complete with fountains and flamingos in the Tudor parterre.
We would recommend the Spectacle of Light as a family friendly event to attend in the run up to Christmas. If you and your family love catching sight of festive lights then this event is sure to delight you!
For more information about the Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle please visit their dedicated website: spectacleoflight.co.uk/
As always, thank you so much for reading!
Love, Thrifty Mumma X
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