The spectacle of light at Compton Verney is spectacular. The illuminated trail returns for its second year and is more versatile than before with sensational new installations, including a multi-coloured Crocus and Ziggurat and walk-through kaleidoscope. Be prepared to be WOWED!
You can see some of the brilliant light installations and sparkling reflections across the lake as you approach Compton Verney from the road, which was enough to build up our excitement for what was to come. There was 3-4 minutes queue to get into the carpark but there was a lot of staff directing people and was well organised.
The upper grounds of the park and woodland just behind the visitors centre are lit up to dramatic effect. The multicolour umbrellas come first which were followed by disco balls/ spotlights creating beautiful revolving illumination on the ground. Ay loved dancing and jumping over the circles on the floor, pretending these are “lasers” and he can not get hit. Trees are lit up along the route and calming music plays in the background. There is almost a Christmas feel to it.
As the trail weaves its way around, you get your first look of the mansion house across the lake. The colourful reflection of the lit up house over the lake and its surrounding trees along with the carpet of flower installations in the lawn is just STUNNING. Take some time to soak it all in and capture the moment. There is a great photo/selfie opportunity here with an accompanying frame to get your perfect insta-photo with the background to its full effect.
You then go across the bridge to the Mansion House to admire the views from different angles. There are multi-coloured Crocus and Ziggurat on the ground, which dances and changes colour to changing tunes but the highlight for us was the dazzling walk-through string lights. I don’t know the technical term for it but they used to have it at Blenheim palace before covid changed things. Children including Ay were running/ walking through it as it changed colours, sometimes trying not to touch them (or they will be “killed”), other times wanting to touch specific colours.
The route starts and finishes at the Welcome Centre. It follows the pathways and other areas across the grass were tracked, so it is accessible. It was chilly, so please dress up warmly. A typical walk will take approximately 60 – 75 minutes, but you can stay for as long as you want. There is a small cabin at the start of the trail which served Mulled Wine and Hot Chocolate. There are other outdoor stalls near the house with food options.
It is an amazing idea to do an illuminated trail outside Christmas. This one certainly has the WOW factor and the reflections across the lake are simply breathtaking.
The trail does not come cheap though. Adult entry is £24 each with children (3+) £12£ but I think overall it was worth it for a one-off treat to beat off your January and February blues. There were lots of middle aged adults and couples snapping away on their phones, so it would make a great day out for all the family or a lovely romantic treat for Valentine’s day.
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Book Tickets: https://comptonverney.org.uk/Spectacle
Learn More: https://spectacleoflight.co.uk/compton-verney
The Spectacle of Light will be at Compton Verney Every Thursday-Sunday, 10 February – 5 March 2023 opening at 5.45pm each evening. This event will also take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of Half Term, 21-26 February
Address: Compton Verney CV35 9HZ
FEE applies. Adult £24.00, Children (aged 3+) 12£. Please see WEBSITE for updated prices
Toilets and baby facilities
Light refreshments available
Dogs allowed with clear code of conduct
Buggy accessible but terrain can be slippery and bumpy