For the first time ever, Connaught Gardens, in Sidmouth, will be lit up as a beautiful, illuminated trail to celebrate the start of the festive season.
From Tuesday, December 7, until Sunday, December 12, the much-loved gardens high on the clifftops will be dressed with twinkling lights, spotlights, light curtains, tree lights and up-lights to create nine themed zones using architecture, trees, flora and flower beds.
Making the most of the stunning coastal location, the final vista in the trail is a projection on to the cliffs and hillside above Jacob’s Ladder beach.
Santa will be on hand to chat to younger visitors about their wishes for Christmas, and for some time slots, visitors will enjoy live music from the likes of Sidmouth Town Band, Uke Band and Rock Choir.
Sidmouth Schools will be performing on Wednesday evening (December 8); the event’s charity partnership with Sidmouth Primary School and Sidmouth College is supporting disadvantaged students to pursue opportunities in music and art.
An added bonus for visitors is the free-to-enter Food and Craft Village in Manor Road car park. Open from 1pm each day, it includes more than 35 stalls of food and craft from Sidmouth and the local area.
Mainly undercover and festively decorated throughout, this is a great place to enjoy tasty street food, delicious drinks and browse a range of unique, charming Christmas gift ideas.
This new family-friendly event is ideal for all ages. Family tickets to the illuminated gardens cost just £22 with individual tickets priced from £5 for children and £8 for adults. A small booking fee applies. Under twos are free of charge. For those wanting a quieter, more relaxed visit, the 8.30pm slot each night has reduced numbers.
For full information about the event and to book tickets, please visit connaught-at-christmas.co.uk