Christmas At Cowdray – Cowdray Estate Light Up Trails return with new outdoor light trail

Christmas at Cowdray An illuminated, after-dark light festival Christmas Light Trails, Cowdray Park 24th November 2021

Christmas At Cowdray outdoor light trail experience

The grounds of the Cowdray Estate are set to shine bright as Light Up Trails return with a brand new outdoor light trail.

This year’s Christmas At Cowdray will have new installations created by light artists and designers, alongside food and drink completing a festive sensory feast. This year’s Christmas At Cowdray will also feature special guest Santa coming to join this year.

The unique mile-long Christmas light trail promises to bring the magic of Christmas to Cowdray, the country estate in the heart of the South Downs National Park containing the ruins of one of the Tudor homes favoured by both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

Visitors and families will be able to wander through this landscape enjoying access to areas that usually remain private, including the Cowdray woods. Under starlit skies visitors can discover a series of installations created by a roster of international artists illuminated against the night by LED lights.

The experience is further enhanced by specially commissioned music and in quieter moments the sounds of nature from the Estate can be enjoyed.

Comments on bringing Light Up Trails to Cowdray

Jonathan Russell, CEO Cowdray, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Light Up Trails back to Cowdray for the second year. It is wonderful that Cowdray can host such a festive and enchanting experience for people of all ages to enjoy at such a special time of the year.”

Light Up Trails director, Libby Battaglia, said: “We’re thrilled to be back with Christmas At Cowdray. We’ve spent months planning this second edition after having had such a great time last year – the reaction from our visitors was beyond our wildest dreams.”

Libby’s co-director Lucinda Croft, added: “It’s a real privilege to be challenged to light this wonderful, historic space again and make even more special memories for people.

“The sights and sounds will be out of this world, but don’t forget you’ll be able to smell the earth and the woods – and we have some incredible street food and drink lined up. Christmas At Cowdray is a fully multi-sensory experience!”

Highlights of Christmas At Cowdray

Santa’s Castle Room Grotto is inside the Walled Garden where children can meet the Man In Red and make sure he has their wish list to go with promises of best behaviour.

Other highlights include the multi-sensory Enchanted Black Pond, the Electric Garden, the Laser Forest experience and the Winter Wonderland, as well as the Night Before Christmas projection mapped onto the Cowdray Ruins.

Advance bookings can be made at


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