A family treat to Belton House National Trust near Grantham in Lincolnshire, this was to visit Belton’s very first Christmas lights. We chose to go on the very first night of the event, the weather was cold and dry giving the night a real Christmas atmosphere.
As we walked from the car park on the paths towards the start of the trail, we were greeted by the first lights bringing Belton mansion alive in the dark of the night.
What seems to be as tall as the house in the West Courtyard stands the tallest Christmas tree draped in beautiful white and amber lights.
Upon entry to the gardens, the trail begins, a mass of illuminated white flowers leading to the Orangery which is drenched in seasonal colours.
Joining in the festive fun, we toasted marshmallows at the fire pit within the Sculptural Fire Garden, a spicy mulled wine just had to be purchased on the route, along the pathways glowing with stars and baubles we wandered past the delicately lit village church.
As we strolled along the walkway, passing the reed like lights that reach high in to the sky, we were carried along by classical Christmas tunes playing in the grounds.
Hidden surprises of sights and sounds we found along the mile long route, giant light bulbs hung from the trees by the illuminated mirror pond and laser lights and smoke bounced of the branches of the trees as we walked further in to the woods.
Continuing along the trail we passed trees wrapped in lights that danced to the music being played. The final part of the journey took us past the giant bench with giant mistletoe hanging above it, then past the wicker figures and numbers of the 12 days of Christmas along the statue walk and bringing us to the Grand Finale of the Cathedral of lights.
An event we will be booking to visit again next Christmas…….Will you?