Sunday, 27 December 2015

Illuminated Trail at Kew Gardens

christmas at kew 2015 lights
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!

christmas at kew 2015 food and drink

christmas at kew 2015 lights
christmas at kew 2015 lights
christmas at kew 2015 light installation
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...
christmas at kew 2015 peacock lights
christmas at kew 2015 lights
christmas at kew 2015 light tunnel
christmas at kew 2015 light tunnel
Out of the various food and drink features spotted throughout the illuminated trail, the opportunity to toast marshmallows made quite the impression on me!  After purchasing large square marshmallows at a stand, you'd then walk to the fire pit where you could toast your treat whilst surrounded by festive lights and buzzing crowds.  I mean, sure, my heeled boots became considerably muddier at that point, however I'd done pretty well up until then to keep them clean - three cheers for paved trails, phew!
christmas at kew 2015 toasted marshmallows
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christmas at kew 2015 nightThe 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.
kew gardens light trail 2015
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christmas at kew light show 2015Of 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
Kew, Richmond
Surrey
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With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Oh wow! That would be so beautiful to see ! :)

    Renee | Lose the Road

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    1. It's worth experiencing, for sure!

      Gabrielle x

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  2. Gabrielle, it is an absolute beautiful display of lights! I particularly love how they highlight the plants. So gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
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    1. You and me both, there's something very beautiful about illuminated plants!

      Gabrielle x

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  3. This looks awesome. I am such a huge fan of anything shiny, bright, & festive. :]

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  4. We have almost the same thing here in PH but I still haven't visited it. You really look pretty. I just realized that you quite resemble the Filipina actress, Julia Montes. :)

    Have a great day! :)

    xoxo,
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    1. That's such a lovely thing to say, thank you so much Shaira :)

      Gabrielle x

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  5. You got some lovely pictures. What camera do you use. Could you tell me on my blog?

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    1. Hey, the link to your blog isn't working, so I'll let you know here - I use a Canon EOS 100d :)

      Gabrielle x

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  6. Hello,

    Wow, amazing pics ! :D

    Sarah, http://www.sarahmodeee.com/

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  7. Looks truly magnificent and magical there! Such an amazing sight to see. And those square marshmallows look so fun!
    Love the coat you got on, you look beautiful!
    I hope you had a wonderful holiday :)

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
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    1. The square marshmallows were delicious - especially as I'd never tried them toasted before! Thank you Andrea :)

      Gabrielle x

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  8. Oh my gosh these photos are stunning Gabrielle! I particularly love the shots of those large flowers - it reminds me of Alice in Wonderland and Coraline, with them all aglow! The dangling lights along the pathway are lovely too, and you're right, the only word for it is magical! Beautiful post. - Tasha

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    1. Thank you so much, you've made my day :) I get where you're coming from with Alice and Wonderland!

      Gabrielle x

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  9. This looks so beautiful and I'm so jealous I can't go!!

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    1. Ah, there's always next year!

      Gabrielle x

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  10. Glad you had fun. I visited a court or of years ago and was very disappointed as were others (judging by trip advisor comments). Looks like they took comments on board as there's new stuff now.
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    1. It has certainly gained popularity over the past couple of years - perhaps try again next year and see what you think?

      Gabrielle x

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  11. Gorgeous photos! Looks like it would be so fun to go here around Christmastime. I love it!


    XO Raquel
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    1. Absolutely! Thanks very much Raquel, have a lovely evening.

      Gabrielle x

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  12. looks like a really cool experience! the lights definitely looked magical from the photos and I bet even more so in real life. Your hair is so long and gorgeous <3

    Happy holidays!

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    1. It was such a magical experience - the lights contrasted beautifully to the night sky!

      Gabrielle x

      ps. thanks very much!

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  13. I love all of the lights, this looks like it was such a beautiful and fun event to go to. I love how you could toast your own marshmallows as well, it reminds me of when I used to do that as a kid!

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    1. Mmm, being able to toast marshmallows halfway through the walk was a very nice surprise!

      Gabrielle x

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  14. Wow The lights are absolutely gorgeous!!
    Merry Xmas!
    xxx
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  15. Love all the lights showing.
    Makes me feel the holiday more

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  16. Wow this illuminated trail at Kew Gardens looks absolutely lovely and like such a great way to spend a December evening on the weekends! I always love light shows/instalments?

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    1. Glad you think so too Rae, it was a really lovely experience - and great atmosphere too! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  17. Love the lights!

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  18. love the illustrations. great photos.
    Happy Holidays
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  19. How lovely! I knew an old friend who performed here for a few weeks and she loved it! Xx

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    1. How exciting for her - I'd imagine it'd be a lot of fun!

      Gabrielle x

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  20. seems like you had a great time! This place looks www.kmeetsstyle.comdope!

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  21. This place looks so pretty! It must have felt very festive with all those lights :)

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    1. It certainly did, it was a few hours very well spent!

      Gabrielle x

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  22. Wow! Kew Gardens is absolutely gorgeous with all of the lights!!

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    1. Glad you think so too Courtney!

      Gabrielle x

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  23. How beautiful! I went to something similar, however it was a drive in only =( So i have photos from a car window. I was hanging out of the window going through the light tunnels trying to get the best shot in the rain. Its nice to see someone who has similar photos but actually on foot! haha Love this post. Your photos came out beautiful.

    -Shannon
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    1. A drive-through illuminated show sounds like so much fun though - snacks on hand at all times! ;) Thanks very much Shannon!

      Gabrielle x

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  24. Gosh, this is truly stunning! If only it was on a little longer, I definitely would have gone up to see it!!

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    1. What a pity, I hope you manage to make it there next year!

      Gabrielle x

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  25. you so pretty !!! and the view so beautiul. i hope i can go there soon

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    1. That's so sweet of you to say, thank you :)

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  26. the place looks lovely
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  27. Oh wow that looks wonderful. Amazing photos.=)

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  28. Those illuminations at Kew Gardens looks epic
    You defo must have enjoyed your time
    I MUST ADD!!! that Your camera takes epic pictures at night
    what camera is that?
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    1. I had a wonderful time, thanks Winfred! Oh thank you - it's a Canon EOS 100d :)

      Gabrielle x

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  29. Wow, that place is amazing!!!
    These illuminations are incredible and your photos are just perfection!
    Hope you spent a really lovely Xmas and whish you a wonderful New Year, hun! :D
    xxx
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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words about my photography - Happy New Year!

      Gabrielle x

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  30. This is so beautiful, I love all the lights.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Rachel!

      Gabrielle x

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  31. wow, this light trail is pure magic! You captured it beautifully. I was never good at night photography. Anyway, there is something about light decoration in this festive season that really warms my heart...as the day get colder, somehow those light bring out the magic of Winter...oh, I can't explain it right now. I only know what I like...and you do look very pretty.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Ivana, I've been working on my nighttime photography lately so I really appreciate you saying so! Happy New Year!

      Gabrielle x

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  32. What a brilliant seasonal illumination. The peacock and florals are my favourite. This looks like an intense and majestic light decoration, so I'm sure it takes a bit to take it all in. Thanks for sharing Gabrielle. I hope that you have a wonderful New Year's celebration. Happy Holidays!
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    1. The illuminated peacocks and giant flowers were pretty special, I agree. You're very welcome and thank you - have fun celebrating!

      Gabrielle x

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  33. oh wow, that is such a perfect illumination and you always take the most beautiful pictures <3
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  34. Your photographs are gorgeous- I would love to visit Kew Gardens again, the last time I went I was just a few years old!

    - Gracie Sees xo

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    1. Thank you Grace, it's certainly worth refreshing your memories of Kew!

      Gabrielle x

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  35. What a gorgeous walk, the lights are spectacular! I love Light art, the views are picturesque :) & you look absolutely gorgeous as always Gabrielle <3

    Hope you have an amazing New Year!

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    1. You and me both, it can be so exciting to see come nighttime - and especially at this time of year! Ah, thank you, you're far too lovely :)

      Gabrielle x

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  36. Oh wow, this place looks incredible! The lights are just beyond beautiful and have such an artistic feel to their display. Thanks so much for sharing, they were lovely to look at! I hope you're having a wonderful day so far, beauty!

    XO,

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    1. They're been placed very carefully, that's for sure! No problem, so glad you've enjoyed reading this post Jalisa :)

      Gabrielle x

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  37. Gorgeous light installation. Just beautiful. I love the lit walking path that looks like a tunnel.

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  38. Wow, this looks like such a magical event! I have been meaning to return to Kew for a while as there's always something new to see there

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    1. I hope you make it there next year, I'm sure you'd love the illuminated walk :)

      Gabrielle x

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  39. Oh wow- the lights are absolutely fabulous! I would've loved to check these out!
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    1. Fingers crossed you make it there next year!

      Gabrielle x

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  40. These pictures are gorgeous and so christmassy :)

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  41. Wow, these lights are gorgeous! I can definitely see the appeal... so beautiful :) Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and happy early new years lovely xx

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    1. Thank you Erica, I hope 2016 starts perfectly for you - have fun celebrating!

      Gabrielle x

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  42. What an extremely gorgeous display of lights! I have never seen anything like this before. I would love to visit! Thanks so much for sharing Gabrielle.

    Keisha xo
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    1. It was a wonderful experience - you're very welcome Keisha, have a lovely night celebrating!

      Gabrielle x

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  43. You should consider being a travel and photography blogger, your pictures are a story that captivates your readers and it felt like I was there with you. I can't imagine how stunning it would be to see Christmas at Kew myself...if only I have the opportunity.

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    1. You're far too kind Shireen, thank you so much for your kind words! I really hope you find yourself wandering through this illuminated trail in the future :)

      Gabrielle x

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  44. this place is absolutely gorgeous, my dear...òoving all those lights around you
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  45. So beautiful, I can't even imagine how perfect it must have been in real life!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

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  46. Oh my goodness, all of the lights are so stunning!!

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  47. What a beautiful trail!!! Love all the lights and it looks to be amazing there!!!! I wish I could see it in person!

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    1. It was a really beautiful trail, definitely worth experiencing!

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  48. How gorgeous! That must have taken so much thought and planning, it looks incredible! I wish there was something like that in my area. Great shots!
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    1. Yeah, I can only imagine the effort gone into this trail! Thank you!

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  49. Magnificent! I would love to stroll through this! Your photos are stunning

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  50. Love all the lights and are absolutely perfect for this holiday season :) -Maireem

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    1. It was a great way of celebrating the festive season, for sure!

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  51. OMG the place is so magical and fascinating! I like your photos! :D

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    1. Thank you Fiona, have a lovely evening

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  52. Gabrielle, you're tempting me with all the beautiful shots! I wanna be there too. Merry X'mas, dear! xoxo

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    1. Haha I plan to lure everyone there so I can 'bump' into your all next year! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  54. Wow Gabrielle this is so beautiful. Gemma x
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    1. So glad you think so too Gemma :)

      Gabrielle x

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  55. This looks so pretty, also I'm very jealous of your long hair!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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      Gabrielle x

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  56. This looks like such a wonderful place to visit and I think you captured that electric vibe really well through these photos!

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    1. Thanks so much Mallory, it was a lot of fun to capture through my lens!

      Gabrielle x

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  57. How fun and festive, lady! And you look so cute here!

    -Ashley
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  58. That looks amazing.great pictures too

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  59. WOW, this place looks incredible!! Just amazing, so magical!! I'd really love to visit - I've never heard of anything like it before! What an idea! And roadtrip marshmallows with that, feels like an amazing evening! Love it!

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    1. So pleased you like this concept Filippa, it was so much fun to experience. The toasted marshmallows were such a great addition :)

      Gabrielle x

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  60. OMG the last pic is so stunning!! *-*
    I want to visit London!!! *-*
    xoxo
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    1. Thanks Roberta! I hope you find the time to visit London soon!

      Gabrielle x

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  61. Wow, the lights and colours are all so magical! I've only been to Kew Gardens during the summertime but it looks like it's definitely worth a visit around the festive period too!

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    1. I've visited once during the summer too and it was very special - though I'd definitely recommend checking it out at Christmas too! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  62. oh wow, everything looks so gorgeous. the flowers look really cool

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    1. It was a few hours very, very well spent!

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  63. Beautiful photos! It looks fantastic: the flowers, the the 'light tunnel',...everything. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you! The illuminated tunnel was a highlight for me too.

      Gabrielle x

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  64. OMG the photos are gorgeous!! The quality is amazing, what did you use to take them with?
    Amazing post xxxx

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    1. Thanks girls! I used a Canon EOS 100d :)

      Gabrielle x

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  65. The lights are so beautiful !
    I love it.
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