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Walk in a winter wonderland of light, colour and sound at National Trust's Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire and English Heritage's Audley End House near Saffron Walden





Christmas lights have become an integral part of our festive celebrations – and the National Trust and English Heritage have tapped into this tradition at Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire and Audley End near Saffron Walden.

Visitors to both estates can enjoy yuletide sights and seasonal sounds in the open air throughout December, with the magic extending into family-friendly trails after dark.

At Wimpole Hall in Cambridge, the National Trust has worked with Sony Music to create a series of spectacular installations featuring over a million twinkling lights to illuminate the night sky.

Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009249)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009249)

Each has a bespoke soundtrack from Wham's Last Christmas, as images are projected onto the mansion house, to a haunting version of O Come, Emmanuel alongside mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden.

Funfair rides and street food vendors, with a selection of winter warmers from hot chocolate to sizzling sausages, add a finishing touch.

The trail around the grounds takes at least an hour to complete, including a meet and greet with Santa Claus, and the National Trust has planned free daytime activities for visitors of all ages, including wreath-making workshops and sending a Christmas card around the estate as choirs sing traditional tunes.

Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009303)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009303)

English Heritage's Enchanted Audley event is a magical evening of light, colour and sound throughout the grounds of the historic stately home near Saffron Walden.

An illuminated trail takes visitors from the Stable Yard area to the formal gardens at the rear of Audley End House.

The festive wonderland features fairground rides for children, stalls serving mulled wine and the chance to toast marshmallows over an open fire.

The English Heritage gift shop is open late with a range of Christmas present ideas, from traditional toys to award-winning food and drink.

Audley End House's magical Christmas festival, Enchanted, returns this year (61169806)
Audley End House's magical Christmas festival, Enchanted, returns this year (61169806)

Tickets for timed slots on the evening trails at both venues must be booked. Concessions are available for National Trust and English Heritage members at Wimpole Hall and Audley End respectively.

For details on how to book and ticket prices see https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/cambridgeshire/wimpole-estate/christmas-at-wimpole and https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/audley-end-house-and-gardens/enchanted-audley/.

Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009442)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009442)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009525)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009525)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009450)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009450)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009464)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009464)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009472)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009472)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009489)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009489)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009506)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009506)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009510)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009510)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009381)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009381)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009340)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009340)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009436)
Christmas lights bring magic to Wimpole Hall (61009436)
Audley End House's magical Christmas festival, Enchanted, returns this year (61169830)
Audley End House's magical Christmas festival, Enchanted, returns this year (61169830)
The spectacular lights display at Audley End House and Gardens this Christmas (61169777)
The spectacular lights display at Audley End House and Gardens this Christmas (61169777)
Audley End House's magical Enchanted event returns this Christmas (51809696) (61169784)
Audley End House's magical Enchanted event returns this Christmas (51809696) (61169784)

Both venues are also open as usual during the day, and separate terms and conditions apply.



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