I am fortunate that I have many National Trust gardens to visit that are close to me, one of which I visited recently was Wakehurst Place.
I visited the Glow Wild winter lantern trail which takes place on selected evenings from 25th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022.
I was able to take part in a magical after-dark walk through Wakehurst’s beautiful botanic gardens and majestic woodlands. All of this was brought to life with glowing, handcrafted lanterns. The walk was just under 1 mile in length and it took around 1 hour to walk around.
Illuminated deer lanterns could be found in the woodland.
Over 1,000 lanterns adorned the trail in all shapes and sizes.
Lanterns taking the form of fox, badgers and various other animals were also lit up and placed strategically along the trail.
As I neared the end of the trail, shadowy silhouettes adorned the Elizabethan mansion making it look totally magical.
If you’d built up an appetite by the end of the walk, there were marshmallows that could be warmed by fires in the courtyard along with stalls selling items such as hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts – yummy! All of this could be enjoyed whilst admiring the UK’s largest living Christmas tree, which was adorned with Christmas lights.
A truly magical experience – I’ll definitely be purchasing tickets for the 2022 trail.
Wakehurst Place is well worth a visit and I suggest that, if you are close by, pop in – it won’t be a disappointment.