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Review: Warwick Castle’s Light Trail provides a warm glow and ray of light and hope this Christmas

Written by on December 23, 2020

Article Published on Wednesday December 23, 2020 10:21 PM by


Review: Warwick Castle’s Light Trail provides a warm glow and ray of light and hope this Christmas


In keeping with just about everything in 2020, the build-up to this Christmas has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic with many visitor attractions either scaling back or abandoning their traditional yuletide events.

Warwick Castle however has managed to buck the trend with their first ever Christmas Light Trail as part of its festive opportunity to view its spectacular grounds and gardens as you have never seen them before, writes Karl Quinney.

After everything that the last year has thrown at us, it is perhaps apt that as well as celebrating the season there is special story of hope and joy as a key theme. And its poignancy works well as you follow the trail around the castle estate which is adorned with some 30,000 glittering lights shimmering away in various shapes and sizes.

From entering the historic estate to see the iconic Guy’s Tower changing colour on the East Front of the Castle, you cannot help be taken back by the beauty of the whole scene. They overlook the ever-popular open-air ice rink which makes it return to the Castle and is twice the size of that of last year. Sessions last 30 minutes and need to be booked in advance.

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Warwick Castle Ice Rink and Christmas Market. Picture: Abi Quinney

Nearby there’s chance to explore the outdoor winter markets where you will find wooden huts stocked with a good choice of festive treats and local Christmas crafts.

The main attraction however is the Christmas Light Trail, especially as the Castle’s interiors – originally scheduled to be open to the public – are currently off-limits due to the pandemic restrictions. But what the visitor misses out on the inside is more than made up for outside.

The Trail takes visitors on a tour of the most iconic views of the historic site and its beautiful grounds, and the ‘festive poem of hope’ devised especially for the Trail is delivered in light and narration in six sections. The first two, which also features a circuit of the main Courtyard, introduces the journey of hope, light and new beginnings to the castle walls and battlements.

Moving downhill and riverside takes you to explore the Castle’s parties and merrymaking of centuries past.  Crossing over the River Avon and walking riverside to view the south side of Castle lit up by projections is a personal favourite. Further along, River of Hope looks at the boathouse and the connection of the river Avon to the castle.

The final two sections showcase the stunning Capability Brown-designed grounds which are neatly punctuated by a series of colour-changing medieval jousting tents. Along with several selfie frames along the whole route, the fairy-lit tunnel is always a prime photo opportunity, leading up to a huge eight metre tree in the Peacock Garden which sits in front of the Conservatory.

The heady mix of multi-coloured lights, projections and installations really does bring the castle to life after dark in a great way. And there is still plenty of opportunity to see it for yourself.

The Castle will be operating the Christmas attractions until 17 January 2021 with time slots and capacity limits in place. There are temperature checks done on arrival with several hand sanitising stations also around the grounds.

As Warwickshire is currently under Tier 3 restrictions, the Castle recommends that all guests check the government regulations for travel applicable to their own area before visiting.

For further details and to book, go to the Warwick Castle website: www.warwick-castle.com


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