Press: Cowdray Park lit up in lights for festive season

A HISTORIC estate in the heart of the South Downs has been lit up with thousands of Christmas lights.

The mile-long promenade at the Cowdray Park estate showcases a series of beautiful large-scale art installations, a fully-immersive winter wonderland with its own movie set snow machine, and a 'Tree of Joy' with 5,000 LED lights pixel mapped to spell out the word 'joy'.

Each installation has been designed to complement the landscape and take advantage of the features of the estate, with one, 'Winter Revels', illuminating the Cowdray Ruins themselves in a three-minute animated fantasy with words and music created by award-winning projection studio artists.

Ross Ashton, one of the artists behind the project, said: "We worked a lot into three minutes and had loads of fun making the sound and imagery.
"We always try to make work that draws on the history and the setting of the site, so for Christmas At Cowdray, there are Elizabethan carols and lines of Tudor poetry and the music is based on period songs.
"We know Henry VIII visited Cowdray and one of the most important members of his entourage was the Master of the Revels - his full-time personal party organiser. That have us the starting point and what unfolds is a series of amusing vignettes that relate to the period."

'Winter Revels' opens with a page in a tabard strumming a lute, giving way to a rural landscape where a couple swap lines of poetry. The backdrop then changes again to a theatre where a production of 'George and the Dragon' is about to be performed, as it would have been at the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

Other highlights at the estate during the festive period include an installation in which a single person can control the movement of four-metre high angel wings, and a "tranquil oasis of light" with fibre optic illuminations.

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Christmas at Cowdray is revealed as darkness falls from December 1st to December 31st, 2022, with time slots every 15 minutes from 4:15pm. Last ticket entry 7:30m.

Peak Adult  Light Trail: £22
(£25 On the Day)
4:15pm to  6:15pm
16 years and over
Peak Child  Light Trail: £15
(£18 on the day)
4:15pm to  6:15pm
2 - 15 years
Peak  Family Light Trail: £70
(£75 On the Day)
4:15pm to  6:15pm
2 Adults +  2 Children
Off-peak Adult Light Trail: £20
(£22 On the Day)
6:30pm to 7:30pm
16 years and over
Off-peak Child Light Trail: £12.50
(£15 On the Day)
6:30pm to 7:30pm
2-15 years
Off-peak Family Light Trail: £65
(£75 On the Day)
6:30pm to 7:30pm
2 Adults + 2 Children
Santas Grotto Child: £15
(£ on the day)
3:00pm to  7:00pm
pre bookings only
Santas Grotto Adult: £7.50
(£ on the day)
3:00pm to 7:00pm
pre bookings only
Please note ticket price does NOT include parking
Premium on-site Parking: £8
(£10 on the day)
4:15pm to 7:30pm
1 parking  space for 2 hours, pre-booked only
Ticket price breakdown

All ticket prices include See Tickets Booking Fee.  Parking is not included in the ticket price and reserved parking in our designated car parks is optional.
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