Step into a magical fantasy world this Christmas as the beautiful Beaulieu estate is transformed into a festive wonderland. Beautiful gardens and stunning historic architecture light up at dusk to reveal an enchanted illuminated trail through themed 'rooms' and areas full of intrigue and wonder.
A fairy tale fantasy like no other begins with a stroll through a stunning arched walkway covered in twinkling golden lights - pause for a moment to capture a photo beneath a canopy of light and watch faces light up with joy in this immersive experience.
The Beaulieu festive trail continues with a intriguing walk through the ruins of the medieval Abbey where an aroma and dancing lights entice you into the spectacular Fire Garden Cloister. Here you'll discover hundreds of flickering flames dancing in the twilight to a soothing festive soundtrack. It's a fantastic place to pause and reflect for a moment beneath colourful, shimmering walls complete with the intriguing sounds of the oil lamps, bubbling and popping on the lawn.
As you move through the grounds, in the distant the familiar sound of an old festive favourite is carried on the breeze. Father Christmas is waiting to welcome you on his vintage bus, wishing a very Merry Christmas to all and sending you onwards through the trail into the enchanted glistening kitchen gardens.
Why not stop for a while and sing along to classic festive carols, such as the Twelve Days of Christmas before leaving a special message at the the Wishing Tree. Take a moment to refuel with yummy hot chocolate or squidgy toasted marshmallows whilst exploring dazzling arched tunnels of light, twinkling hedges and bubbling water fountains reflecting a rainbow of beautiful colours.
In the distance a melody entices you onwards along the festive walk to the showstopping visual treat of the Palace House Panorama - Beams of colourful lights dance across the home of the Montagu family in time to a joyous Christmas soundtrack. A dazzling light and music experience that is sure to warm the heart, raise the spirit and get you in the holiday mood.
This could be considered the finale to an already incredible experience, but in true festive spirit there's always more to be discovered and the trail at Beaulieu reveals the next part of the trail beneath giant, glistening icicles that lead through a mysterious forest.
Here, beneath a a gleaming canopy of ancient trees you'll discover a magnificent surprise, the Meadow of Light. Hundreds of tiny stars of light ebb and flow in the darkness, twinkling in unison as minute fibre optic lights dance in unison whilst a soothing choir can be heard in the night sky, moving between the tree branches which are decorated with shimmering stars and Christmas baubles.
Follow the winding path, full of intrigue and mystery to a peaceful dell and an illuminated wooden bridge, before strolling through a giant bamboo forest enticed by the sounds of festive joy in the distance. Become mesmerized by the singing Christmas tree, the showstopping finale of the fantasy trail and a fitting place to watch in awe as colour changing lights dance across the giant evergreen tree in time to winter musical classics. Stay a while here and take the opportunity to capture you and your family in silhouette beneath the giant branches of the cheerful tree.
After all that walking and amazement, why not treat yourself to a delicious cup of hot mulled wine, hot chocolate and munch on some tasty roasted chestnuts or festive sausages from one of the warming fire pits.
Complete your seasonal adventure with a ride on the beautiful vintage carousel of soar high in the night sky on the Ferris wheel before browsing the shops and picking up a gift or souvenir to remind you of the magical Christmas experience at Beaulieu.
The Beaulieu Christmas trail runs on selected days up until 30th December 2018.
Open from 4:45pm to 10pm with timed entrances every half an hour - from 5pm to 8pm
Peak and Off-Peak tickets are available in addition to day and family packages:
Visit: www.beaulieu.co.uk/christmas for more details and to book,
or phone: 0844 995 1354
Sat Nav: SO42 7ZN
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