Midsummer Lights at Painswick Rococo Garden
By David Wood
Night-time visitors to Painswick Rococo Garden in late July are in for an enchanting treat with an event called Midsummer Lights.
Imagine, as evening turns into night, the garden and woodland transform into a mystical dreamlike world where playful characters pop out and entertain you as you promenade in this enchanted setting. From treetop aerialists and fire dancers, to roaming actors, everything is in place to give you a truly unforgettable evening.
The experience, which runs from July 23-29, begins on the Bowling Green and orchards, in the heart of the garden. Enjoy a laidback picnic with family and friends, and perhaps a glass of fizz from the champagne bar. As the light fades...the magic begins.
Garden director Dominic Hamilton said: "Had you visited our garden back in the 1700s, you may well have come with friends and been surprised and delighted by an evening's partying in this carefully-designed landscape with its array of quirky follies and stunning vistas.
"Midsummer Lights is a contemporary take on this "fete champetre" and is a brand new, custom-designed addition to our programme of events in 2021.
"The event has been created in association with Spectacle of Light, a company known for its imaginative and thoughtful light installations across the country."
Visitors are encouraged to arrive between 8pm and 8.30pm, bringing their own picnics. From 9.30pm onwards as daylight fades, start to explore and discover all these magical scenes. There will be a fizz bar as well as delicious ice-cream on sale. The garden closes at 11pm.
Tickets to this unique event are £30 per person and can be booked by clicking here.
Note: Midsummer Lights is a late-evening event and as such not really designed for young children. Whilst everyone is welcome, it is more suitable for older children.
Any Covid restrictions in place at the time will need to be adhered to.
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