As the winter nights draw in, we’re naturally drawn towards the light – it’s part of what makes us human; we seek warmth and company.
In 2020 during the pandemic, old school friends Libby Battaglia and Lucinda Croft started to develop a new Light Up experience on the majestic Wiston Estate in West Sussex. Enthused by a festival Libby founded in 2018 called Light Up Poole the two entrepreneurs worked tirelessly to create a magical family experience inspired by the theme ‘Hope’. A select band of international artists cast the landscape in a new light, illuminating the gardens and parkland, reflecting the location and natural features.
Taking place during the darkest months of the year, Light Up Trails are a marvellous, magical way to mark the season of celebration in some of the UK’s most distinctive and stunning locations.
From dusk to dark our visitors join a mile-long illuminated promenade punctuated by fantastic light art installations, original music, and delicious festive treats. It is a feast for the senses that has established Light Up Trails as a leading family experience showcasing the work of some of the best international large- and medium-scale light and sound artists.
Even with reduced numbers to enable social distancing some 25,000 light seekers enjoyed the Light Up Wiston Estate event with timed entry slots to manage the flow of visitors.
The artists we present provide rich digital content to channel engaging stories that visitors frequently share on social media, helping extend our reach even further, and this year Light Up Trails will include more interactive and immersive work for visitors to get their hands on and participate in directly.