One thing I absolutely love about the run up to the Christmas season is watching almost every street light up with colourful glowing lights. Albeit some take the decorative lights to a whole new level of chaos but it makes for great strolls around town, checking out all the different displays which luckily remain in place until the New Year.
On a rather cold wintery evening we wrapped up in tones of layers and headed off to Syon Park to experience the Enchanted Woodland’s magical walk.
The gardens house over four hundred species of trees; some are extremely rare which is why the park was the chosen spot to create this magical showcase of festive lights amongst the trees.
The event was open from early evening onwards when the sky had turned into a dark haze, before we began our stroll through the colourful installations we stocked up on hot chocolate at one of the stalls.
The trees came to life with spectacular displays of light projecting onto each of the different trees. Families strolled by pointing out the wonderful installations and kids walked past ooh-ing and ahh-ing.
Lighting was cleverly used to create diverse scenes; this one was typically interesting as the warm purple tones bounced in the reflection of the lake that stretched out just beyond the bench.
Some elements created sinister zones where the trees appeared to come to life in a scary way with moody hues lighting them.
Trees were decorated with hanging lanterns that shone out into the woodlands, and other unusual objects like playing cards dangling in the night sky.
We crossed the lake admiring the array of colours that sparkled in the calm waters.
One part of the lake had floating lanterns nested on lily pads and added a warm glow which was somewhat romantic.
Through a canopy of trees we stumbled into Alice in Wonderland’s tea party, with elements peeking out amongst the trees all cleverly positioned and lit with up-lighters.
I spotted the Cheshire cat camouflaging into one of the trees.
Incredible beams of light brought the trees to life with flashing colours and dramatic themed music. We watched in awe as the installations projected through the park creating clusters of people to form and soak in the atmosphere.
In the distance we could see what appeared to be a mist of smoke bellowing from an incredibly gigantic tree.
The closer we got, we watched the roots of the tree fiercely rattle amongst a fiery red light, and any second I thought a huge monster might leap out.
I quickly scrambled past the smoking tree and bumped into a fairy floating from a tree – as you do.
We watched an electrifying light show with every colour imaginable splashed across the trees heightened with the intense theme song to Jurassic Park.
Through a canopy of trees, mist whizzed into the air alongside flashing bright lights, we entered a garden surrounded by all sorts glowing shapes.
I attempted to casually blend in with the installations.
After strolling through the final sections of the gardens we watched wonderful projections appear on Syon House, which has existed for over 500 years and holds an incredible collection of arts and sculptures inside.
We ventured inside the glasshouse and watched a final interactive display of lights under a stunning rotunda.
Once our leisurely walk through the woodlands was complete, we stopped for hotdogs and mince pies to warm us up for the journey home.
Now the festive season is over Enchanted Woodland has also come to an end, but make sure to take a trip through the lights next time.
Lastly but not least – Happy 2016, I hope it’s an action packed adventurous year!