5 amazing winter light shows in the UK that you need to see

Wednesday 26 October 2016

What better way to embrace the start of winter than taking a trip to see a spectacular light show in one of the UK’s spectacular settings? Premier Inn has rounded up 5 light shows and illuminations across the UK you just have to see...

Illuminating York, York

Illuminating York event with lights on York Minster

This annual festival lights up one of the UK’s most beautiful cities, transforming its historic buildings into stunning works of art. A range of artists use light to let you experience the city in a completely different way. You can take in huge spectacles like the illumination of the National Railway Museum, or follow the bunny lamp trail across the city.

In 2016 the event runs 26-29 October.

The Festival of Light, Longleat, Wiltshire

Festival of Light, Longleat, Wiltshire

As darkness falls on Longleat House, look out for the striking lanterns that light up the grounds. From silk elephants to porcelain giraffes, these giant lanterns bring to life the history of Longleat as one of the best places to spot exotic creatures from around the world.

In 2016 it’s the 50th anniversary of the safari park, so from 11 November to the 2nd January, expect an extra special show with Europe’s largest display of Chinese lanterns and brand new Beatrix Potter scenes.

Kew Gardens, London

Kew Gardens, London, light show

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are made even more magical in the winter months by the impressive illuminations that transform its botanical landscape. Taking inspiration from the plants, trees and flowers of Kew, the mile-long trail is a truly sensory experience – with winter scented gardens, sparkling light tunnels and impressive laser beams across the water that provide an explosion of colour.

This year the event runs 23 November-2 January 2017.

LightPool Festival, Blackpool

LightPool Festival, Blackpool, England

Breathing new life into the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations, LightPool is a free light festival that encourages visitors to interact and engage with stunning projected shows. Each show is cast against the backdrop of the seaside resort’s favourite landmark, Blackpool Tower, featuring fairytale journeys and even shows based on our recent adventures in space.

In 2016 you can watch the shows every evening 28 October-2 November.

Magical Lantern Festival, Yorkshire, Birmingham and London

Magical Lantern Festival, England

Explore a beautiful Christmas-themed trail which showcases stunning Chinese lanterns of all shapes and sizes – perfect to get you in the mood for the run up to the festive season.

The Magical Lantern Festival is touring the UK this year from the end of November until February 2017, stopping off at Roundhay Park in Yorkshire, Birmingham Botanical Garden and Chiswick House Gardens in London.

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