Last weekend we welcomed over 2,900 vistors for a magical adventure at our Luminaries Woburnensis event. Open during the evening for just one night a year, the historic Abbey Gardens were illuminated with hundreds of atmospheric lights, ice and fire sculptures and iteractive experiences; transforming the gardens into an enchanting after-dark event.
An Oriental Theme
Regular visitors to the Abbey Gardens will already be aware of a Chinese influence throughout the Abbey Gardens - with the Chinese Dairy, Oriental pagodas on the rockery and in the centre of the hornbeam maze. An Oriental theme was also woven throughout the Luminaries Woburnensis event with stunning Lion Dance performances and ice sculptors created of a Chinese Dragon, The Orient and the Terracotta Warrior.
New activities this year
- Award-winning ice sculptors Glacial Art have created the beautiful ice sculptures at our previous two events and this year also provided a fantastic ice wall so that visitors could have a go themselves and collectively create an ice carving for the event
- A new illuminated trail route through the gardens, which also included entry for the first time to three acres of the private gardens of the Sculpture Gallery venue at Woburn Abbey
Opportunities to take part
- Visitors could launch a lotus flower lantern onto the Chinese Dairy Lake and make a wish and write a message on a lantern that was then hung on the shimmering Tree of Dreams (our Cedar of Lebanon tree). As the lanterns grew in number they created an even prettier spectacle of light moving across the water and glowing on the tree.
- The Hornbeam maze is tricky at the best of times and at Luminaries Woburnensis was only lit with the light of people's torches and the overhanging lanterns
A special atmosphere
Popular choice Woburn Sands Band (charity no.266275) were invited back from last year's event and provided live brass band music throughout the evening. The Duchess' Tea Room and Duchess' Gift Shop also opened their doors for the evening and along with over 30 gift and food stalls offered unique gifts and warming food and drink
If you joined us this year please post your photographs on our facebook page, Woburn Abbey and Gardens or tweet us @woburngardeners