There’s a trend in the UK for tourist attractions to ‘light up’ in the winter months, just like Longleat did when I visited last winter. I’d heard about a light up at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property, on the news and had to visit.
The main light art event is called SOS (. . . – – – . . .) by Bruce Munro. The installation comprised of tents which light up to music and Morse code. In addition, the manor house was lit up with regular light shows by Woodroffe Bassett and had two illuminated wine-bottle candlesticks by Joanna Vasconcelos.
Waddesdon Manor had a Christmas fair with lots of stalls selling gifts and food. Hot coffee, melted marshmallows, and poutine helped to keep me going on a chilly and blustery visit. I even came away with a couple of gifts for Christmas.
Although SOS wasn’t quite as impressive as I thought it would be, combined with the Christmas fair and the manor house being lit up it was a very enjoyable few hours and definitely worth a visit.