You might not think that a National Trust garden is a sensible venue to take a 2¾ year old, after all they aren’t really as into exotic flora and heritage buildings as their parents and grandparents. On a regular visit to Wakehurst Place we would placate Tilly with a generous slice of cake from the cafe and free reign to jump in as many puddles as she can find. For our most recent visit to Wakehurst we didn’t need to do anything to entertain her, she was absolutely enchanted by the lantern bedecked trees, bushes and shrubs.
We wrapped up warm with our ski jackets and bobble hats and headed into the gardens as sun set and the daytime visitors were being ushered back to their cars. Once a year these already beautiful gardens get transformed into a wintery wonderland of glowing papier mache seed pods, flaming torches floating on the lake and the UK’s biggest living Christmas tree. The whole family enjoyed the magical walk; around every corner you’re met with another dazzling sculpture or display of lights. It really is amazing seeing the gardens in such a different light (pun intended!).
In 2015 the route included a steep muddy hill, thankfully this had been removed in favour of more displays in flat paved spots. We took the pram incase Tilly got tired and used it after walking about half way round the route. The toasted raspberry marshmallow must have supercharged her energy levels for the first half! After our lantern lit stroll we headed to the restaurant to get a tea of traditional hearty food. The children’s fish fingers, sausage and mash, and chicken casserole were exactly what we needed to warm up on what was a cold night with no cloud cover.
We throughly enjoyed our trip and will be buying tickets for Glow Wild 2017 as soon as they go on sale!