Our seven illuminated trails across the UK and our new trail Lightscape in Chicago Botanic Gardens are now open.
In the UK the first trail to open was in Kew Gardens, London. Highlights include a new large-scale commission Waterfalls by award-winning UK-based creatives ITHACA illuminating the magnificent Treetop Walkway in Kew's arboretum: 18m strings of light cascade to the ground which is covered in a sparkling Sea of Light.
Waterfalls, ITHACA, Kew Gardens 2019
Also new to Kew Gardens this year is French creative studio Pitaya's Bifröst tunnel, and Australian studio Mandylights' Will o' the Wisps which has been created from over 6,000 'wisps' of light that alternate between glowing softly and exploding with vibrant colour.
Bifröst, Pitaya, Kew Gardens 2019
This year we have also opened new trails at two National Trust properties - Stourhead and Belton House. Both these properties enjoy stunning landscapes and have some of our favourite Christmas artworks installed on their trails including the Cathedral of Light, Singing Trees and 12 Days of Christmas created in willow by artists - Alison Walling (Belton House) and Woody Fox (Stourhead).
At the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Dunham Massey there are new projections A Card for Christmas (Edinburgh) and Advent Calendar (Dunham Massey) created by The Projection Studio. And at Bedgebury, Jon Owens' new interactive piece Rudolph Nose the Way and Mike Jones' burning Pine Cones are proving to be a hit for visitors enjoying this Christmas trail.
At Blenheim Palace, we opened Alice in the Palace - a magnificent indoor experience that takes visitors on a journey through Wonderland, our 2019 Christmas market, and our illuminated outdoor trail through the Palace grounds.
Alice actors, Alice in the Palace, Blenheim Palace, 2019
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, our new illuminated trail Lightscape opened in Chicago, and in Australia, our new trail opening in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne on 19 June 2020 went on sale.
Time for a holiday...