When it comes to seasonal events in Kent to enjoy with friends and family, the don’t get much better than Christmas at Bedgebury. This year is the first time that the arboretum has put on a winter light display and it’s well worth hiring a coach to take everyone to experience.
What’s wonderful about the displays is that they’ve all been inspired by the landscape of the national pinetum, meaning they enhance the surroundings. It’s a magical event and one you won’t want to miss.
The adventure begins with a series of colourful fountains complete with jets that dance along to the timing of the accompanying music. While these are bound to enchant the little ones, they’re just a glimpse at the magic to come.
Visitors are guided along a series of illuminated walkways, greeted by singing lampposts, huge sprigs of mistletoe and Christmas trees of gargantuan proportions. Innovative light installations, known as Pitaya Wisps, are also on display for the first time in the UK, so look up to the treetops for those.
The highlight for most visitors will be the 70-metre walkway known as the Tunnel of Light. Lit up with some one million pea-sized white bulbs, it’s a stunningly beautiful way to be surrounded by a magical glow.
Bedgebury’s lake has also been transformed into a wonderful light spectacle, as you can stand on its shores and look across to the Fire Garden. The reflections on the water making it all the more special.
It all comes to a spectacular finale with a jaw-dropping lit walkway that everyone will love. There are food stalls around the site, offering mulled wine, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and toasted marshmallows, as well as some rides, so there’s plenty to keep everyone fed and entertained.
The trail is stretched out over the course of a mile - so not too long for little legs - and is not subject to time restrictions. As you follow it, look out for the signposts offering more information about the impressive trees along the route.
Christmas at Bedgebury has opened to the public and is accessible until December 30th. Tickets should be booked in advance and are priced at £17 for adults and £10.50 for children over-five. The younger ones are granted admittance at no extra cost and carers can also get in for free.
Photo credit: iStock/coldsnowstorm