Bedgebury Christmas Lights Trail
My husband and I are big fans of Bedgebury Pinetum. As you may have read from one of my other posts, it’s a great place to walk or cycle. There’s a lot to do there. This year we found out there was going to be a Bedgebury Christmas Lights Trail, so I jumped at the chance to go along and see what it was all about.
On arrival, we parked up and made our way to the start of the trail. On the way, we visited one of the food and drink stalls by the café and ordered a couple of hot chocolates. I had a Black Forest hot chocolate and my husband a honeycomb hot chocolate. They were delicious!
We then walked up to the start of the trail. I’ve seen Christmas light installations before, but the way that the team at Bedgebury have done it was amazing. They’ve worked with what Bedgebury showcases best, which is its trees. They were illuminated in gorgeous vivid colours which complimented each other.
The trail cut through a number of very different light installations, including singing lampposts and walkways covered in thousands of lights. Each area of the trail was beautiful and different from the last. There was something for everyone. Lights and music which would be more suitable for children and then other displays which had a more subtle beauty which the older eye would appreciate.
The trail is just over a mile long, it was a bit drizzly and muddy when we went, so I’d recommend taking suitable footwear and wrapping up with a warm coat and gloves. There are toilets half way around the trail and there are also places to buy drinks and food.
Prior to walking the trail, there are a small number of children’s rides, so it’s perfect if you have little ones too.
I thought the whole trail was really well thought out and I love the detail with the glitter balls, the projections on the floor. The way the trees at the end had been wrapped in lights from top to bottom. It was truly one of the most amazing light installations that I have seen and I’m excited that it was so close to where we live. I’d highly recommend it to anyone, no matter what age, whether you’ve got kids or not, it’s a lovely Christmassy evening walk. On the lake, where we normally picnic, they had a fire installation of five gold rings. Very festive and truly awesome!
Tickets for the Bedgebury Christmas Lights Trail start at £17 per adult and £10.50 for children. Those under 5 go for free. There’s also a family ticket available at £50. Tickets are cheaper if booked in advance online but you can buy tickets on the day (if there’s availability).
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Disclosure: We were offered a pair of complimentary trail tickets, but as always my opinions are my own.