NEWS ARCHIVE DECEMBER 2013:
Setting the scene for your wintertime celebrations, Woburn Abbey Gardens is holding a festive Luminaries Woburnensis event on Saturday 7th December, from 5pm – 10pm (last entry 9pm).
Visitors will be able to experience Woburn’s stunning Abbey Gardens in a new light as they walk through the atmospheric grounds by candlelight. With the historic gardens taking on a whole new look after dark, the soft glow of the luminaria lights along pathways, trees and the lake, will guide visitors on an adventure.
This unique experience will kick off with exclusive access to the Chinese Dairy veranda – usually out of bounds to the public – where visitors will be able to launch a lotus flower lantern onto the lake, creating a stunning spectacle. They will then be invited to decorate their own hanging lantern to help guide their way and discover the magic of Woburn Abbey Gardens (additional charge £3). Along their route, visitors will discover award-winning ice sculptors Glacial Art, commissioned especially for the event by Her Grace the Duchess of Bedford, creating magnificent ice sculptures right before their eyes. In the main area, there will be the Woburn Sands Band (Registered Charity No: 266275) to listen too whilst snuggling up on beanbags under blankets, enjoying a warming soup or hearty casserole.
Visitors will also have the rare opportunity to explore the Hornbeam Maze, with suspended lights guiding their route to the Chinese Pagoda at the centre. The historic Cedar of Lebanon tree, planted over two centuries ago, will be the centre piece of a shimmering Tree of Dreams for the event, as visitors are asked to leave their messages for loved ones on glowing paper lanterns.
Tickets can be booked online and cost £9 for adults, £7.50 for seniors, and £4 for children aged 3 – 15 years. Children under three-years-old can go for free. Open from 5.00pm – 10.00pm, with last entry at 9.00pm.