Once we enter December (and not a moment before!), I immediately start to prepare for Christmas. I love it. I love the music, the themed drinks, the jumpers. I love how my local city centre is decorated, and how the neighbour’s have a decoration war every year.
I. Love. Christmas.
December is also the month Sharon and I got together! So when I was invited to visit the location where we got civil partnered, and then married, to view it not only at night, but covered in decorative lights, I couldn’t say no.
From the 2nd December to the 13th December, ‘Enchanted Lewes’ are at Southover Grange, Lewes as part of an art exhibit called ‘A Christmas Wish’ showing various projections and light displays by local artists.
As part of the invitation, I attended Southover Grange when it opened at 4:30 and had a slow walk around the grounds on a set path. I wasn’t there long before I was hit by creative lighting and sounds capturing the senses. The atmosphere was really relaxing and the gardens looked stunning at night.
Walking around on my own and on a set path meant that I was able to take my time and take everything in and not miss a thing, although I didn’t quite understand some of pieces at times (that’s not to say someone else won’t). I also, personally, couldn’t see the link to ‘Christmas’ as mentioned in the advert, although it did have a winter feel that made me want to grab a glass of mulled wine! Nevertheless, it was still an impressive sight.
T seemed to really enjoy going out at night and was constantly looking around, especially by the ever changing display on the house.
Even when we were walking through the wooded areas, there were sounds coming from the displays further on that caught T’s attention.
If you’re in the area, I’d definitely pay the exhibit a visit (it’s buggy friendly). Listening to the older children walking around, they were clearly mesmerised by lights and effects so I would say it’s something for older children as well, or if you have a particular interest in local art.
We were offered free entry into the exhibit for the purpose of a review. Ticket price for me would have been £10. More details can be found here.