Lighting up the UK
Flamingo were delighted to be working once again with leading events promoter, Raymond Gubbay Limited, a division of Sony Music, to assist on the UK’s biggest ever series of illuminated festive trails.
With the new Alice in the Palace experience at Blenheim Palace, amazing light installations created by world-renowned design studios and two new trails for 2019 it’s been a busy start to the festive season! Read on to find out more about the trails Flamingo have worked on or head over to the My Chritsmas Trails website to book your tickets now.
22 NOVEMBER TO 5 JANUARY
The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site has been transformed, both inside and out, as part of its biggest ever Christmas celebrations. With the enchanting new daytime Alice in the Palace experience taking over the Palace State Rooms and a bigger and even more ambitious Christmas light trail illuminating the ‘Capability’ Brown-landscaped Parkland in the evening; visitors can expect an incredible festive experience that is rapidly becoming a must-see Christmas tradition.
New for 2019 Alice in the Palace – the State Rooms of Britain’s Greatest Palace have been transformed into the magical world of Alice in Wonderland. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, visitors will step between the pages of a larger-than-life story book and into their very own festive family adventure.
The illuminated trail returns from 22 November – 1 January transforming England’s finest view with a bigger, brighter and more spectacular evening trail than ever before featuring a new multi- coloured aerial light show filling the sky with dancing bands of colour, a dynamic waterfall, and the softly-glowing flowers of the Snowdrop Walk.
In another mirroring of nature, Australian studio Mandylights returns to Christmas at Blenheim Palace with Vines. A 30-metre long promenade of LED vines that visitors can walk through, touch and interact with, each vine houses up to 8,000 individual colour-changing pixels, making for an otherworldly immersive experience.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP blenheimpalace.com/christmas #christmasatblenheimpalace
NEW FOR 2019 – BELTON HOUSE
28 NOVEMBER – 30 DECEMBER
Discover the stunning new Christmas light trail at Belton House in Lincolnshire amidst the natural glory of pleasure gardens and an ancient deer park.
This perfect example
of an English country-house estate has been transformed into a magical outdoor
festive trail with the historic tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour and
dripping with shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and baubles.
Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 2LS
NEW FOR 2019 – STOURHEAD
29 NOVEMBER – 30 DECEMBER
The beautiful National Trust gardens at Stourhead, Wiltshire has been hosting its very own magical illuminated Christmas Trail for the first time.
Described as ‘a living work of art’, visitors to the world-famous landscaped gardens will be able to walk through a Tunnel of Light festooned by over 100,000 pea-lights, beside twinkling hedgerows which lead towards thousands of illuminated lights on the Fibre Optic Lawn.
lake, reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic
trees, provide the centrepiece for this immersive Christmas experience.
Stourhead, Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6QD
22 NOVEMBER – 30 DECEMBER
Christmas at Dunham Massey returns to the historic National Trust property in Cheshire where visitors have been greeted by incredible illuminations, including a grand avenue replanted with gigantic flowers, a dynamic, glowing Vortex Tunnel and the mesmerising reflections made by Fire on Water. Spot the larger-than-life glittering deer, take in the Field of Light and discover the woodland world festooned with seasonal cheer.
courtyard will be filled with festive food outlets as well as a vintage
carousel*. Visitors can wander beneath the night sky with spiced cider, mulled
wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air.
Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire. WA14 4SJ
BEDGEBURY NATIONAL PINETUM AND FOREST
22 NOVEMBER – 30 DECEMBER
This family-friendly festive trail in the heart of Kent features a dynamic Vortex Tunnel, dancing fountains and shimmering reflections that cast light into hidden places. From stunning trees awash with colour to glistening lakes and musical Christmas classics Christmas at Bedgebury is full of seasonal surprises.
Visitors can toast
marshmallows at one of the fire pits, enjoy traditional Victorian fairground
rides*, and spy Father Christmas and his elves amongst the trees along the way.
Bedgebury National Pinetum &
• The Festive Trails are open on selected dates. For further information, pricing and booking please visit: mychristmastrails.co.uk
For more information please contact: Melodie Manners: melodie@flamingo- marketing.co.uk 01637 873379 or 07815 709548
*Additional charges apply for vintage rides and purchases from food concessions.
About RGL, a division of Sony Music
Leading events promoter, RGL (Raymond Gubbay Limited), a division of Sony Music, has been delivering illuminated Christmas trails for over six years. The chosen partners for national and international heritage and prestigious venues including Blenheim Palace; The National Trust; The Forestry Commission; The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Botanic Gardens, Chicago, USA.
Each trail is designed to showcase the natural and unique environment of the individual location, so no two trails are ever the same. RGL also presents over 500 concerts annually throughout the UK.
About Culture Creative
Culture 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 leading entertainment promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd. a division of Sony Music, to create My Christmas Trails – a series of illuminated trails held in various venues across the UK including Kew Gardens and Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. In 2018 the company developed its first indoor Christmas experience themed around the story of Cinderella, and this year will produce Alice in the Palace themed around the story of Alice in Wonderland for Blenheim Palace.
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