The magical illuminated Christmas trail will return to Wimpole Estate this year - and tickets are already on sale.

Sony Music's trail returns for a third year from Friday, November 24 to Sunday, December 31.

The trail at the National Trust property will include some new installations for 2023, providing after-dark festive fun for all the family.

Matthew Findlay, head of UK Trails for Sony Music/Raymond Gubbay Ltd, said: "We are always exploring different trail designs which both complement and enhance the beautiful surroundings at the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate.

Royston Crow: The Christmas trail is returning to Wimpole EstateThe Christmas trail is returning to Wimpole Estate (Image: Richard Haughton/Sony Music)

"We want to create an experience which is precious for all the family and our plans for this year will be sure to provide an unforgettable evening."

A new display this year will enable visitors to watch huge feathers floating high into the night's sky.

Visitors can also surround themselves with sparkle in a long, glowing tunnel, and walk by and admire contemporary Christmas trees lit up all the colours of the rainbow.

Children will have the chance to glimpse Father Christmas along the trail.

The Wimpole Estate first opened to visitors in 1979, and was bequeathed to the National Trust by Elsie Bambridge, daughter of Rudyard Kipling, who purchased the estate in the 1930s.

During the day visitors can enjoy the grand hall, grounds, and walled garden, as well as walking around the park, estate and at Wimpole's working home farm, where visitors can learn about cattle, sheep and pigs.


The trail has limited capacity with timed entry, and visitors are encouraged to book early to secure their preferred time and date.

Opening times start at 4.30pm, with last entry at 8pm (7pm on December 24, 26, 30 and 31).

The trail is closed on November 27, 28 and 29 and on December 4, 5 and 25.

Advanced tickets cost £19 for adults, £14.50 for children and £64 for a family of two adults and two children.

Entry is free for carers and children aged two and under.

Parking costs £8 per car, and is free to National Trust members if booked before the day of the visit.

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