There is one thing that really puts me in a Christmasy mood and that’s pretty lights, plenty of pretty lights. Events themed around lights are really becoming a ‘thing’ now in the UK and I love it. It also means fewer opportunities to see the main man and wonder why each one is different as most of these kind of events don’t involve Santa.
We recently attended one of the Enchanted events being run by English Heritage this year. You can attend an Enchanted event at Audley End, Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Witley, Eltham and Belsay. We attended Enchanted Brodsworth. Brodsworth Hall and Gardens is near Doncaster in South Yorkshire.
Enchanted Brodsworth – Brodsworth Hall and Gardens Review
Enchanted Brodsworth is on now until the 22nd of December on selected dates. The event starts at 4:30pm and runs until 9:30pm. It’s perfect for young and old. I believe the event is now sold out so be sure to read my review ahead of another Enchanted event next year so that you can add it to your list of things to do for Christmas 2019.
Tickets are really good value for money as many of these events can be very expensive. It’s just £8.00 per adult for members of English Heritage and just £5.00 for a child member. Non members are £12.00 and children aged 5-17 are £7.50. Under 5’s are free, but will require a ticket.
We arrived for the recommended time of 7:30pm. Which we were advised is a quieter time to visit meaning more opportunities for selfies and plenty of photos without other people in them. Parking was reasonably easy as there were plenty of marshalls guiding people in and out. We found a space not too far from the entrance which we were very pleased about.
You enter via Brodsworth Hall’s gift shop and this is where you show your tickets. After that, you are free to roam. The trail started by the Old Oak Tree which was a really fun start to the trail as he talked and snored. The trail then led around the outside of the Hall which had an array of coloured lights shining on it. It all felt so magical. The pathways were also lit with pretty strings of lights.
After the house, we came across some interactive lights. They consisted of 3-metre tall posts with rings around them. If you touched a ring it would play music. So if you touched a few in concession you could make all manner of wonderful sounds. Again this felt very magical and mystical. My son loved this part.
The trail then lead us around the gardens. There was a beautiful walk through a tunnel decorated in lights – perfect for selfies. Then by a hill decorated in hundreds of lights which made it look like shiny water. We then went through a wooden door which had sound effects and some smoke.
We had worn wellies as we’d had a lot of rain that day. However, they weren’t really needed. The paths were very footfall friendly and also perfectly suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.
The trail then lead us to the most beautiful part of the trail with lights decorating one of the more ornamental parts of the gardens. It looked amazing. We spent quite some time here just gazing at the lights. There were so few people around. It made it much easier for our slightly claustrophobic child to see the lights.
There was then an area to stop and warm up by wood fires, toast some marshmallows and buy a hot drink. What a perfect halfway stop.
After this we came across Fungi-Topia. Which had giant illuminated toadstools. The highlight being the Puff-ball toadstool which shot steam into the air every few seconds.
Another lovely area was the fairy dell. This was one of the best fairy areas I’ve ever seen. There were so many well thought out details such as washing on the line and other things that showed that the fairies lived there. But I couldn’t see any so do I really believe!? To be honest the whole event had been really well thought out. Clearly whoever put this event together has a great imagination. The glitter ball in one of the trees was also a really nice touch. The sounds to accompany a lot of the lights were also a great addition.
At the end of the trail
Finally, at the end of the trail, we came across a mini-fair ground. They had rides for the kids at £2 a ride. Which were lovely vintage rides and our 5 year old was quite insistent he was going on at least 2 rides. They even had hook-a-duck plus opportunities to purchase mulled wine and other festive treats.
I also made a video – please do watch.
Disclaimer: We were provided with complimentary tickets for the purpose of my review. All words, opinions and photos are my own and must not be reproduced.
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