After my annual Fortnum & Mason visit to pick up some treats, I went on to visit the Christmas at Kew illuminated trail at the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. There's really only one word for it, magical. The trail is open during the hours of darkness from Wednesday 25th November to Saturday 2nd January - and although tickets are still available for purchase, I had the pleasure of wandering through the trail just as the excitement of Christmas' arrival was at its peak!
For one mile, seasonal illuminations line a path through the famous botanical gardens, showcasing lights, festivities and food. One of my favourite installations was undoubtedly the passageway of lights that required walking through so as to continue the trail; the lights would change colour every few seconds and saw nearly every visitor whip their phones/cameras out to capture the movement. I have a feeling it was a favourite feature of many, as there's something very calming about being immersed in a pool of lights...
The final metres of the trail were explosive, seeing the large conservatory come to life with coloured lights, water fountains and Christmas music played on a loop. A quick purchase first of large hot chocolates mixed with irish whisky and then all that remained was to lean over the railings and admire the scene that rolled out across the water. Magical.
Of all the events this festive season, Christmas at Kew was most definitely one of my favourites. The atmosphere is electric and provides a refreshingly modern take on this time of year; it has the ability to appeal to everyone and one thing is for certain, it definitely appealed to me!
Christmas at Kew
Royal Botanic Gardens