Press: Magical mile-long Christmas light trail returning to West Sussex at Cowdray Ruins

The popular Christmas at Cowdray light trail is returning to Sussex for the whole of December. This year, the family promises to be bigger and better and will also host Santa's Grotto.

The event made a successful debut in 2021, wowing visitors with its magical mix of colour and scale. The trail is held at the historic Cowdray Ruins near Midhurst and combines a range of festive illuminations and a soundtrack.

The trail starts in the middle of Cowdray Woods by the black lake, winding its way past the Walled Garden and concluding outside the famous Ruins. This year's features include a winter wonderland, all-new laser garden and Santa and his reindeer may also make a special appearance.

There will be a food and drink village serving up seasonal treats including mulled wine, bratwurst and crepes. A visit to Santa's Grotto provides the perfect ending for the trail, with tickets sold separately. What remains of Cowdray House dates back to the 16th century, although the majority of it was destroyed in a fire in 1793. Nature gradually reclaimed the ruins.The remains were left to decay as the years passed, until the first Viscount Cowdray stopped the rot. He arranged for unsafe structures to be made secure and organised the removal of the ivy blighting the historic remains. A major restoration project in 2006 led to the ruins being opened to visitors for the first time. During its time standing Cowdray House hosted three monarchs: Henry VII, Edward VI and Elizabeth I.

The trail will be open from 1-31 December and it is open from 4:15pm with time slots bookable at 15-minute intervals. Last entry is at 7:30pm, with the trail remaining open until 9pm for users in the final slots.

Prices are split into peak and off-peak categories, with the cheapest child, adult and family (2 adults and 2 children) tickets starting from £12.50, £20 and £65 respectively when booked in advance. Tickets may be available on the day, but are subject to availability and will carry a higher price.

It's recommended you set aside an hour of your day to fully appreciate the one-mile trail and to wear sensible outdoor clothing given the time of year. For more information and to book tickets, visit the Light Up Trails website here.

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