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ILLUMINATE will transport you on a magical journey of colour, light and sound to bring festive awe and wonder to our trails. The natural features and views of the Landscape Garden come to life at night, with the spotlights and coloured paths drawing you up towards the Great Cascade, down past new dynamic fountains in the Pear Pond and through a 'Christmas tree' grove below the Formal Garden, before finishing with a show-stopping display in front of Hestercombe House.

This stunning experience is approximately the same walking distance as the sold-out 2022 event, but even more packed with show-stopping sights and sounds to wow the entire family. Prepare to be awe-inspired at the beautiful gardens as they come to life this season.

Bring the whole family to enjoy this magical light experience, including dogs, who are very welcome on a lead.

Dates & Times

Limited capacity slots are available at 15 minute intervals from 4:45pm to 8:00pm (last entry).

Advance booking is essential and we won't be selling tickets on arrival; tickets are now on sale and sell out quickly.

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  • Thursday 23rd November
  • Friday 24th November
  • Saturday 25th November
  • Sunday 26th November
  • Thursday 30th November
  • Friday 1st December
  • Saturday 2nd December
  • Sunday 3rd December
  • Thursday 7th December
  • Friday 8th December
  • Saturday 9th December
  • Sunday 10th December
  • Thursday 14th December
  • Friday 15th December

  • Saturday 16th December
  • Sunday 17th December
  • Monday 18th December
  • Tuesday 19th December
  • Wednesday 20th December
  • Thursday 21st December
  • Friday 22nd December
  • Saturday 23rd December
  • Sunday 24th December
  • Wednesday 27th December
  • Thursday 28th December
  • Friday 29th December
  • Saturday 30th December

ILLUMINATE Tickets & Prices

  • Adults £15.00
  • Children £7.50 (under 2 are free)

    Children aged under 2 receive free admission - no need to book a ticket. Tickets must be purchased for children aged 2 to 15.

    Book ILLUMINATE tickets

    Good to know

    Please read the following carefully before booking your tickets:

    • Please check in at our Visitor Reception promptly at the time of your slot. Please don't be late, as you may miss your slot.
    • When you book online, you will receive a confirmation email. When you check in, please be ready with your reference number and a print out, or screenshot of your confirmation email to show at the Ticket Office. If you don’t receive a confirmation email please email info@hestercombe.com or call us on 01823 413923 to ensure that your booking is confirmed (if you have a Microsoft, Live, Outlook or Hotmail address you may not receive a confirmation email due to technical issues).
    • As this is an evening event, taking place after dark, you should ensure that you wear appropriate clothing and footwear, as there may be some slippery surfaces on your route, especially when wet. There will be site lighting in place to help guide you around the trail, but please bring a torch with you if you feel you will need extra lighting.
    • The illuminated trail is self-led, and a map will be provided on arrival.
    • Accessibility: the ILLUMINATE route is wheelchair-friendly, however because the estate was designed hundreds of years ago, there are issues with general accessibility around the event which are out of our control. If you are a wheelchair user and wish to visit ILLUMINATE, please call our Visitor Reception if you have any questionsbefore booking a ticket.
    • The Bampfylde Hall will be open for hot food, snacks, cakes and drinks throughout the evening.
    • Dogs are welcome at this event.

    View our event cancellation and refund policy

    If you experience any difficulty with booking, or have any questions, please email Visitor Reception in the first instance at info@hestercombe.com, or call 01823 413923.

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    Event Location

    Hestercombe Gardens
    Cheddon Fitzpaine
    TA2 8LG
    1 J7 A2556 1 J7 A2592 1 Y4 A5048

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