A 50-metre tunnel of lights at Wimpole Estate this Christmas may be the longest of its kind in the UK.

Christmas Cathedral was designed by Mandylights and installed by Culture Creative as part of Sony Music's festive trail at the estate in Arrington.

The installation features more than 50,000 bud lights, and is thought to be the biggest of its type following news that the previous largest in Norwich will not be displayed this year due to redevelopment in the city centre.

Norwich's edition made national news in 2016, after organisers proclaimed it to be the biggest of its type in Europe at 45 metres long, using more than five miles of cabling.

In its absence, however, officials at Wimpole - which is run by the National Trust - are cautiously optimistic that their version is the biggest in the country, if not all of Europe.

Hilary Wilson, general manager of Wimpole, said: "Whether or not it is the biggest in the UK, we’re not entirely sure, but at almost 50 metres long we’re confident it is certainly one of the biggest.

"What we are sure about is that it’s a fantastic feat of art and design, which will no doubt be one of the most-loved installations at this year’s trail."

The immersive tunnel in inspired by arched church windows, and from a distance appears to be a single solid shape - an effect created by using tens of thousands of LED lights.

The tunnel will be on show alongside an array of lights displays when the trail returns for a fourth year between Friday, November 24 and Sunday, December 31.


For times and tickets visit christmasatwimpole.seetickets.com/.

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

Wimpole Estate was first opened to visitors in 1979, and was bequeathed to the National Trust by Rudyard Kipling's daughter Elsie Bambridge - who purchased the estate in the 1930s and developed it with the help of architects and landscape designers.

During the day visitors can enjoy the estate's grand hall, pleasure grounds and walled garden.