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See the Enchanted Garden in a new light - explore Hidcote!

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Hidcote Manor Garden is to open its doors after dark this month (November) allowing visitors to enjoy the ‘garden of rooms’ in an entirely new light.
The Enchanted Garden event illuminates the garden, bathing it in artistic lights and has been growing in popularity since it was first tried two years ago.
Hidcote, in the heart of the north Cotswolds near Chipping Campden, is one of the most admired twentieth century arts & crafts gardens. It is usually open for visitors during the day however the National Trust is now encouraging people to enjoy an entirely new aspect of Hidcote with the opportunity to see one of England’s greatest gardens by night.
A professional lighting production company will work in partnership with Hidcote to create a breathtaking and unforgettable experience for everyone to enjoy.
The exterior of the manor house, outhouses in the courtyard and approximately one third of the 10.5 acre garden will be artistically and creatively lit, taking visitors on a journey throughout some of the famous and most loved areas of Hidcote.
Mike Beeston, the National Trust’s General Manager at Hidcote, said: “This has proved to be a hugely popular event. We find people really love being immersed in the magical atmosphere created by intricately lit plants and shrubs and some of our most magnificent trees flooded with colour. It is a delight for both adults and children alike who really enjoy the opportunity to let their imagination run away, into a world where our statues and their shadows come to life and the plants which have normally gone to bed for the winter take on a new life of their own.”
A visitor last year said “Thanks to all the cheery volunteers and the lighting artists who transformed the garden into an absolutely stunning and breathtakingly mystical and quite magical place. It was so beautifully done and we had a fantastic time”.
Groups are welcome as well as families and individuals. Visitors are advised to follow the special route within the garden and stewards will be on hand to help with directions. Sturdy shoes and warm clothing are suggested and bringing a torch may be beneficial but is not essential. Parking is free of charge. Assistance dogs are welcome within the garden and there is also an optional level access route.
The Cedar Tree Restaurant will be open throughout the evenings with hot and cold drinks and light snacks available to purchase, giving visitors the perfect opportunity to get into the festive spirit with a mince pie, a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate. The shop will also be open for a spot of leisurely Christmas shopping without the hassle of the high street crowds.

  • Date: Friday 16, Saturday 17, Sunday 18, Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November 2012,
  • Time: 5pm – last admission 8pm
  • Tickets: £6 per adult, £4 per child and £18 per family (members and non-members).
  • Where: Hidcote Manor Garden, Hidcote Bartrim, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6LR.

Image © National Trust/ Simon Edinborough

Explore Gloucestershire
13 November 2012

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