PHOTOS: Christmas comes to Connaught Gardens in Sidmouth (a day late – thanks to Storm Barra!)

These photos show how Connaught Gardens at Sidmouth have been transformed into a wonderland of light and illumination.

There was a day’s delay in opening Conaught@Christmas, caused by Storm Barra, but the gardens – lit by thousands of colourful LED lights – welcomed visitors from Wednesday evening (December 8).

The festive event, in Peak Hill Road, runs until Sunday, December 12, from 4.30 until 9.30pm, and there is a free-to-enter covered Christmas craft and food village, in Manor Road car park, opening daily at 1pm.

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Photo: Kyle Baker Photography.

Sidmouth

Photo: Kyle Baker Photography.

Sidmouth

Photo: Kyle Baker Photography.

A spokeswoman for the event said: “Although the first night was cancelled due to Storm Barra, the gardens opened to visitors on Wednesday evening when, as darkness fell, the light displays lit up the beautiful gardens with imaginative colour and sparkle.

“Additional entertainment was on hand with carols and Christmas songs performed by local schools Sidmouth Primary and Sidmouth College. Other local bands and choirs are performing on the remaining nights.”

In the gardens there are nine lit zones, illuminating trees, shrubs and flower beds, walls, pillars and the bandstand.

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Photo: Kyle Baker Photography.

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The cactus greenhouse has had a makeover with multi-coloured lights, there is a light projection across Jacobs’ Ladder beach and cliffs, a host of illuminated Christmas trees and Father Christmas, strolling the gardens.

The food and craft village promises local traders selling street food and a host of gifts for Christmas.

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Father Christmas can be seen chatting to visitors.

Tickets go on sale for family festive fun in Sidmouth as Connaught@Christmas is ‘set to be the brightest festive event in East Devon this year!’

 

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