Heligan By Night: Illuminating The Lost Gardens of Heligan

By Nigel Watson

Heligan By Night Illuminating The Lost Gardens of Heligan: Photo credit Nigel Watson

Heligan By Night  Illuminating The Lost Gardens of Heligan: Photo credit Nigel Watson

As the winter nights engulf us in cold and darkness, we seek light to give us hope and inspiration. Blackpool has enticed tourists with its annual ‘greatest free light show on Earth’ since 1879, whilst we are spiritually uplifted by the story of the Star of Bethlehem that guided the three wisemen to the birthplace of Christ.

Far away from Bethlehem and Blackpool – The Lost Gardens of Heligan present for a few nights a new illuminating display for the Christmas season. Created by international lighting designer Ulf Pederson the aim is to,

“…Transform the act of looking into a physical experience – where audiences frequently find themselves immersed in a sensational play of light and colour as the space metamorphoses into something unique and magical.”

Pathways illuminated by candle-lit lanterns guide you through Pederson’s carefully arranged and positioned displays. Red, green and blue lights transform tree branches and foliage into the tentacles of mythical beasts twisting in the nocturnal landscape. There is a tunnel of red lights and pools of light that make the landscape vividly unusual. As new visual experiences appear at every twist and turn of the pathway, they invite you further into a landscape that evokes mystical and fairytale-like feelings of wonder.

It is worth taking the time to stroll through the display, to fully appreciate how it changes what is a dark and foreboding environment into something you want to explore and enjoy.

Heligan By Night Illuminating The Lost Gardens of Heligan: Photo credit Nigel Watson

Heligan By Night  Illuminating The Lost Gardens of Heligan: Photo credit Nigel Watson

Heligan By Night Illuminating The Lost Gardens of Heligan: Photo credit Nigel Watson

Heligan By Night  Illuminating The Lost Gardens of Heligan: Photo credit Nigel Watson

On a practical level, there are a few muddy patches and small steps to negotiate so you need good footwear. Alternative routes are also marked out to avoid the slightly harsher terrain.

For something different and inspiring at Christmas, this makes a great treat for all the family.

Heligan By Night runs 14-16, 21-23 and the 28 to 31 December, 5.30 to 7.30pm. Booking is essential to obtain a convenient time slot to enter the garden.

http://heligan.com/events/heligan-events/heligan-by-night/

Heligan By Night Illuminating The Lost Gardens of Heligan: Photo credit Nigel Watson