Wondrous Winter Light at Waddesdon

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Last Christmas we said we'd join the National Trust but we had such a busy year doing lots of other things, that we never got around to it. However, with Waddesdon Manor on our doorstep and lots of other properties nearby, we decided that this year was the year we'd join.

I have seen lots of pictures of the Winter Light Trail by artist Bruce Munro at Waddesdon on my Twitter feed, Instagram etc. I wanted to see it and we realised that today was our only opportunity as the installation is only there until Sunday (4th January) and Mr MoaB is working the next few days.

We arrived at around 3.30pm as we'd been having a lazy New Year's Day at home. We got the courtesy bus to the main house and had a wander up to see all the Christmas trees at the front of the house. We also grabbed ourselves a hot drink at the cafe. Little Miss A had fun on the light boxes that light up the house!

We then started the Light Trail as it started to get darker.

It's an intriguing trail as you try to work out what each piece is about and what materials it is made of. They were really beautiful.

This was my favourite piece - the Field of Light.

I'm surprised by how well the pictures have come out considering the fading light and my poor photography skills!

By the end of the Trail it was really dark. We had to keep a close eye on Little Miss A as it was hard to see her and there were a lot of people about! It was also pretty cold as the wind had picked up so wrap up warm for the Trail.

If you're a National Trust member, then it's free entry to the Gardens and House (it's best to pre-book a time-slot for the House). If you're not a member then it costs £8 per adult to go into the Garden or £18 per adult for the Garden & House. Family tickets are available. Under 5s are free. We've worked out that we only need to go to the Gardens 3 more times to have pretty much covered the cost of the membership for the year. However, we do plan to go to other properties this year as well.

I'm really glad we got to see this installation before it finishes, especially as Waddesdon really is so close to where we live. I'm looking forward to spending a lot more time there with Little Miss A to get use out of our National Trust membership!

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