Get ready to sparkle with over a million Christmas lights at Wimpole
The countdown to Christmas has started and National Trust’s beautiful Wimpole Estate is getting ready to welcome its glittering illuminated Trail, from 26 November to 2 January 2022.
Get your Christmas sparkle on and be surrounded by more than a million twinkling lights, colourful trees and amazing illuminated installations, all choreographed to a soundtrack of much-loved seasonal music. There will be burnished lantern trees filled with flickering flames, neon strings stretched between towering trees, singing trees, larger-than-life mistletoe and perhaps a glimpse at Father Christmas too.
New Trail Highlights
Christmas Cathedral – This iconic cathedral, adorned with over 100,000 pea-lights is unlike any other
Neon Tree – its branches interwoven with multicoloured neon lights
Tree Stars – a woodland wrapped in neon stars that shimmer and sway in the moonlight
Independent street food vendors bring a delicious twist to tasty treats on offer. Complete your walk under the stars with *toasted marshmallows, a *spiced winter warmer or *hot chocolate shared with someone special.
My Christmas at Wimpole provides a special way to celebrate the festive season with an unmissable outdoor experience and a simple gift to buy for others. The trail is designed for visitors of all ages and is accessible to all to enjoy.
Tickets are selling fast, book now to avoid disappointment http://christmasatwimpole.co.uk
Christmas at Wimpole is brought to you by Sony Music in partnership with the National Trust. The trail is created by Culture Creative.
Admission: Advanced From: Adult £18, Child £14, Family £60 (2 adults & 2 children).
Free entry for carers and children aged 2 & under.
Parking £8 per car.
Tree Stars by Culture Creative, My Christmas Trails 2020. Photo by Richard Haughton © Sony Music
Neon Tree by Culture Creative, My Christmas Trails 2020. Photo by Richard Haughton © Sony Music
Cathedral of Light by Mandylights, My Christmas Trails 2020. Photo by Richard Haughton © Sony Music
Wimpole first opened to visitors in 1979, considered the finest country house in Cambridgeshire bequeathed to the National Trust by Mrs Elsie Bambridge, daughter of Rudyard Kipling. Wimpole had a succession of owners from Lord Harley (1711-1740) to the Earls of Hardwicke (1740-1894) and Viscount’s Clifden, before being bought by Elsie Bambridge in 1930’s and has a roll-call of celebrated architects and landscape designers who have developed both the mansion and parkland into a place of beauty and graceful living. James Gibbs splendid Library and Sir John Soane’s extraordinary Yellow Drawing Room and Bath House are amongst the unusual architectural features of the Mansion, whilst the works of Humphrey I. Repton, Sanderson Miller (the Gothic Folly) and ‘Capability’ Brown is evident in the wooded parkland.
During the day visitors can enjoy the grand Hall, Pleasure Grounds, ebullient Walled Garden and unique shop with local produce and one of Wimpole’s three eateries. There are many walks to enjoy around the landscaped park including a Multi User Trail on the wider estate and at Wimpole’s working Home Farm, with its historical farmyard and modern farmyard, visitors can learn about the special rare breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs.
About the National Trust
The National Trust is a conservation charity founded in 1895 by three people: Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley, who saw the importance of the nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. Today, across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we continue to look after places so people and nature can thrive.
The challenges of the coronavirus pandemic have shown this is more important than ever. From finding fresh air and open skies to tracking a bee’s flight to a flower; from finding beauty in an exquisite painting or discovering the hidden history of a country house nearby – the places we care for enrich people’s lives.
Entirely independent of Government, the National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 780 miles of coastline and 500 historic properties, gardens and nature reserves.
The National Trust is for everyone – we were founded for the benefit of the whole nation. We receive on average more than 26.9 million visits each year to the places we care for that have an entry fee, and an estimated 100m visits to the outdoor places that are free of charge. Paying visitors, together with our 5.6 million members and more than 53,000 volunteers, support our work to care for nature, beauty, history. For everyone, for ever.
For more information and ideas for great seasonal days out go to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
Sony Music, has been delivering illuminated Christmas trails for over eight years. Each trail is carefully designed to showcase the natural and unique environment of the individual location. There are currently 26 trails across the UK, Europe, USA, and Australia within the My Christmas Trails and Lightscape portfolios.
The chosen partners for national and international heritage and prestigious venues include: Blenheim Palace; The National Trust; Forestry England; The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh; Botanic Gardens, Chicago, USA and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
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About Culture CreativeCulture Creative is a creative project and production management company based in the North East of England. The Company works across a wide range of cultural fields including art, sport, heritage, tourism, festivals and events, developing projects from concept to delivery. Since 2013 Culture Creative has worked closely with Sony Music to create illuminated trails in various venues across the UK and overseas.
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