GLOW has been put alongside grow at one of Northumberland’s top tourist attractions, with the installation of a dazzling display of lights to brighten up the long winter evenings.
The illuminations are the latest feature at the Alnwick Garden and were sparked up for the first time by the Duchess of Northumberland on Friday afternoon.
As well as bringing soft hues of colour to the arbours and trees, the centrepiece Grand Cascade was also swathed with silvery light, creating a visual effect never before seen at the Garden.
The display will last for two months, with special evening sessions running until 7pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from tomorrow until December 31.
Visitors will be able to collect a glowing willow lantern and wind their way around the Grand Cascade, where the water will dance with light during the half-hourly displays, or take a seat by the source pools to gaze up at the towering trees as they sway in a glimmering glow.
The Poison Garden will feature its own eerie lights, as it opens for special evening tours.
This year’s display is just a taster for what will hopefully be a full array of illumations, due to be completed in the final phase of work on the Garden.
The Duchess said: “This is a really exciting event for me because not many people realise that the garden was built specifically with lighting in mind. The little windows in the arbours were designed to be lit up one by one. This winter we are open every day of the week and we will have Santa Claus here and be running films for children in the Pavilion.
“I hope everyone agrees that the lighting display is amazing. It is really good in what has been a difficult year for the region, and attractions in general, for us to be open this winter.
“This display just gives people a taste of what the garden will be like when it is fully lit up, as part of the final phase. People will see something quite different this winter to what they see here in the summer.”
The display was created by specialist Gateshead-based company Hi-Lights, following the success of their work at last year’s Advent Lantern Parade in Alnwick.
Usual admission charges apply for entry to the Garden.