Mushrooms, crystals, giant stars and feathers are just some of the light installations that will be on display this year at Wimpole Estate's illuminated Christmas trail.

The trail, delivered by Sony Music, returns to the National Trust estate for the fourth year from Friday, November 24 to Sunday, December 31.

One of the new features for this year is the Mycelium Network, a mushroom-inspired display by Stevie Thompson of Custom Fibre Optics.

Royston Crow: Mycelium NetworkMycelium Network (Image: Custom Fibre Optics)

Stevie explained: "Apart from being completely obsessed and passionate about fibre optic lighting, I’m also very interested and inspired by mushrooms too, with their magical and medicinal properties.

"So it was the perfect opportunity to collaborate both of my hobbies into a work of art."

Another new installation for 2023 is Crystal Garden by Output Arts, which comprises clusters of glowing shards which sparkle and shimmer.

Studio Vertigo are displaying Nova and the Ghosts, the latter of which are built from natural recycled polypropylene and structured using folding techniques found in origami. 

Royston Crow: Feathers on display at Wimpole EstateFeathers on display at Wimpole Estate (Image: Richard Haughton/Sony Music)

Meanwhile Pyrite Creative's Light as a Feather is a series of steel feathers painted to glow in the dark, twisting and turning as though lifted by a sudden gust of wind.

ArtAV's Rainbow Trees and Spiral Spinners will stand at the edge of the trail route, and Woody Fox's 12 Days of Christmas uses wicker, fabrics and recycled materials to create large-scale figures.


Families will have a chance to glimpse Father Christmas along the trail.

Wimpole Estate in Arrington first opened to visitors in 1979, having been bequeathed to the National Trust by Rudyard Kipling's daughter Elsie Bambridge.

The Christmas lights trail will be open from 4.30pm each day, with last entry at 8pm (7pm on December 24, 26, 30 and 31).

It will be 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 families (two adults and two children).

Entry is free for carers and infants aged two or under. Parking is £8 per car or free for National Trust members if booked before the day of the visit.