Hardwick Hall Winter Light Trail

A spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthrall your senses. As darkness descends, join us on our enchanting journey, as we weave a captivating light trail through the stunning grounds of Hardwick Hall. Immerse yourself in our mesmerising trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.

A timeless experience to be enjoyed by all, young and old alike. Luminate Hardwick will run nightly* from Wednesday 23rd November 2022 until Monday 2nd January 2023. Tickets must be pre-booked online in advance.
*excluding Mondays prior to 12th Dec

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Dates & Times

23rd November 2022 - 2nd January 2023

Entry times from 4.30pm to 8pm

Choose your entry time, entry slots are every 15 minutes. The trail will take approximately 60 - 90 minutes, depending how long you dwell along the way

We strongly advise you arrive on time.
Remember, if you miss your slot your tickets are non-refundable.

Ticket Prices


(up to Wednesday 7th December 2022)

Adult: £15.00

Child: £11.00

Family: £48.00

Carers: Free


(plus everyday from Monday 12th December 2022)

Adult: £19.50

Child: £14.50

Family: £62.00

Carers: Free


A captivating after dark, illuminated trail.

Set to ambient music, you will follow the trail as it meanders through Hardwick Hall. Stunning lighting elements and lots of large light play, characters and installs.

The trail is approximately 1.7km long and (depending on how quickly you walk through) will take circa 60-90 minutes to complete.

Warm up by our fire pit, where you can toast marshmallows (purchase your marshmallows on site or bring your own marshmallows and skewers).

Please note that the entire trail takes place outside (obviously during winter and after dark). It will be cold, dark and often wet! Please wrap up warm and wear sturdy footwear.

Please note we will not have 'traditional festive' decorations at Luminate and Father Christmas will not be there - he'll be far too busy getting everything ready at the North Pole!
The trail will follow a clearly defined route through the gardens.
The trail is approx 1.7km long.
There is a path all the way around, marked by festoon lighting throughout the duration. So just follow the festoon!
In order to ensure your own safety and enjoyment (and the safety of our other visitors and staff), all visitors must remain on the clearly marked trail at all times. All children and vulnerable adults must be closely supervised at all times. Luminate takes place in the winter, after dark in a country estate setting. All areas other than the clearly defined trail will have potential trip hazards and risks to health and safety, which may be difficult to see during the time that Luminate is operational, so please stay on the path at all times and adhere to any instructions/advice given by our stewarding staff.

Conditions on the trail will be continually monitored by our onsite team, but we would remind all visitors that the event takes place in an outside, country setting over winter after dark. So please exercise caution when attending and supervise children and vulnerable adults at all times.

Some of our lighting installations are interactive, so you can enjoy some light play throughout your journey with us. All such installations will be easily identifiable and will have stewards stationed close-by to guide you with what to do. For your own safety and enjoyment, please do not touch any other lights/electrical installations and ensure children and vulnerable adults are supervised at all times, so as to ensure that they do not.

Please note there are strobe, pulsating and flashing lights

Please note there are areas of unfenced water on site children and vulnerable adults must be supervised at all times.
For the safety and enjoyment of all our visitors, dogs are NOT permitted at Luminate*

*with the exception of Guide dogs and assistance dogs
Smoking or Vaping is not allowed on the trail.

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