Illuminated Arboretum

  • 11 - 23 December 2023
  • From 4.30pm
  • Standard Tickets from £24

Join us for an evening to remember as we light-up the Arboretum after hours and begin the festive season with a kaleidoscope of colour.

Our new mile-long Illuminated Arboretum route will use mesmerising light, colour and sound to bring the fascinating stories of the Arboretum to life in an entirely new way. There will be something to captivate all ages from fun hands-on elements, immersive spaces and areas for personal reflection, including the breathtaking Beacons of Light, that reach into the night sky at the Armed Forces Memorial. 

Child interacting with a display at Illuminated Arboretum

Tickets and Times

Entry to Illuminated Arboretum is every 15 minutes between 4.30pm and 7.30pm. Once you are in the event, please feel free to spend as long as you wish going around the route.

Ticket Prices

Guiding Lights

Flowers of Remembrance, a beautiful indoor garden featuring hundreds of flowers created in partnership with local schools and Archway of Hope, a piece created by social collectives and willow artist Nita Rao, on display in the Remembrance, will lead visitors on their Illuminated journeys. 
Along the route you’ll also pass through the Windrush Path of Illumination, a tribute to the Windrush generation, and their significant journey to Britain in 1948. Featuring projections, created by those with lived experience of Windrush journeys, and a soundtrack of newly composed songs by Ken Burton, sung by our associate artists Black Voices and local choirs, this installation will showcase the memories, emotions and experiences of the participants of this project.

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Illuminated Arboretum Food Offer

Food and Drink

We hope you're feeling hungry - we'll be offering a selection of tasty takeaway treats at the Arboretum during our Illuminated Arboretum evenings which will be available to purchase from our Restaurant and concessions on the route.


In the Restaurant...
you'll be able to enjoy fresh pizzas, loaded fries, warming soups, churros, mulled wine, hot drinks, sandwiches and festive cakes and biscuits. 


As you explore...
Along the route you'll be able to pick up German style sausages, burgers (and veggie alternatives), sweet treats including waffles, muffins and donuts and warming cups of hot chocolate and mulled wine. 


The Coffee Shop will be closed during the event. 

Family in the Illuminated Arboretum light tunnel

Illuminated Arboretum FAQs

We look forward to welcoming visitors to Illuminated Arboretum. We have pulled together a list of all our frequently asked questions that will help you plan a visit.

Illuminated Arboretum FAQs
Children on stepping stones at Illuminated Arboretum

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