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The Enchanted series returns to Witley Court in Worcestershire from 5 - 22 December, with charming new elements for 2019.
Make the most of winter evenings with an enchanting experience of light, colour and sound as the grounds of Witley Court are transformed into an illuminated world. Step through tunnels and pathways of twinkling lights and marvel as the gardens burst to life in remarkable, unexpected ways. As you walk beneath glowing canopies, uncover secrets hidden deep within the grounds – wander through a fairy village, listen out for magical creatures in the woodland, and meet an extraordinary talking tree.
Don’t miss the stunning grandeur of the fountain, lit up in a colourful display, and catch glimpses of Witley Court’s extravagant past as the sounds of festivities echo through the ballroom. Soak up the atmosphere of the historic house and imagine Witley’s heyday as one of the great stately homes of England – famously the setting for fashionable parties, lavish balls, and royal entertainments.
As you enjoy a rare chance to see the Court after dark, take a moment to admire a Christmas tree glowing amid the magnificent ruins. The first Lord Dudley who lived at Witley Court during the 1850s was fond of opulent Christmas gatherings; it is said that a grand tree stood in the ballroom, and amongst its decorations were diamonds, pearls, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. At the end of the party Lord Dudley, a great jewel collector, invited each of his female guests to select a jewel for themselves.
After exploring the gardens, treat yourself to a warming glass of mulled wine or buy marshmallows to toast under the night sky, have fun on a traditional fairground ride (small additional cost) and visit the shop to stock up on original Christmas gifts. Brighter than ever before, you won’t want to miss out on this magical illuminated evening. Grab the winter woollies, your family and friends and revel in the most enchanting event of the year.
Enchanted Witley Court takes place at Witley Court from 5 - 22 December on various dates.
To book please visit english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/witley-court-and-gardens/enchanted-witley/
Posted on Fri 10 Jul