Press: Estate to light up for the festive season

A series of large-scale light art installations, inspired by the theme of ‘Joy’ and created especially for the site using millions of LED lights, will illuminate the grounds as visitors interact with the artworks.

Designed by a team of renowned artists highlights include magical scenes such as the enchanting Star Drop Woods; Celebrations, where visitors can remember events they’ve been unable to mark in lockdown; the Tree of Joy; the reflective Garden of Wishes; and Written in the Stars, an opportunity to join in and write personal messages that are illuminated on an LED screen.

Libby Battaglia, artistic director of Light Up Trails, the company behind Christmas At Cowdray, said:

“Christmas At Cowdray will be a magical, brand-new experience for all the family. After the difficult times we all experienced last year this exciting event will be like getting the Christmas we love back again!”

There is a chance to experience joy at the time of Henry VIII with a Tudor Christmas lighting up the historic Cowdray Ruins, one of England’s most important early Tudor houses, and the Joy Village will be alive with after dark festivities including joyful music and delicious festive delights from hot food and sweet treats to spicy winter warmers.

“There’s something about a light in the darkness that draws us near,”

Libby said.

“Light brings us together and makes us feel closer and in the hands of artists that becomes a magical thing, showing us the way and reflecting our feelings and emotions.
“After dark, the imagination comes out to play and Christmas At Cowdray promises to be a joyous, uplifting experience that revels in the stunning location and will enthral people of all ages.”

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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.
Please see FAQs about Parking here.

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