Light up your winter with illuminated trails in Norfolk and Suffolk

Discover amazing arts, timeless heritage, and cultural wonders in Norfolk an  Suffolk. From concerts to comedians, literature to landscapes, and palaces to puppeteers – whatever you’re into, Head East. Head East is a celebration of arts, culture and heritage in the East of England, delivered around a series of ‘headline’ place-specific cultural initiatives. Led by the New Anglia Culture Board, the year-long targeted cultural… Read more »

by Elma Glasgow 5 months ago

Discover amazing arts, timeless heritage, and cultural wonders in Norfolk an  Suffolk. From concerts to comedians, literature to landscapes, and palaces to puppeteers – whatever you’re into, Head East.

Head East is a celebration of arts, culture and heritage in the East of England, delivered around a series of ‘headline’ place-specific cultural initiatives. Led by the New Anglia Culture Board, the year-long targeted cultural tourism campaign aims to promote and build a national profile of the East as a ‘must see’ UK cultural destination. The original campaign was focused on 2020, but the pandemic triggered a strategic re-focus.

Head East is designed to amplify the profile of Norfolk and Suffolk’s outstanding cultural offer and to boost the gradual recovery, adaptation and re-stabilisation of the region’s visitor economy in the wake of the pandemic.

ILLUMINATED GARDEN TRAIL, HELMINGHAM HALL, SUFFOLK, 17 Nov – 19 Dec | helmingham.com/ events/illuminated-garden-trail

Make the most of the dark winter nights by stepping into a magical world of light, colour and sound, as you explore the grounds of Helmingham Hall adorned with thousands of lights transforming the gardens into an enchanted winter wonderland.

CHRIS LEVINE AT HOUGHTON HALL, HOUGHTON, NORFOLK, 22 Oct – 23 Dec houghtonhall.com

Houghton Hall in Norfolk is set to be transformed by a major solo exhibition of contemporary British artist, Chris Levine, 528 Hz Love Frequency. Marking the inaugural winter show in the historic grounds of this prestigious art venue, this exhibition running between 22 October and 23 December 2021 will feature a series of new holographic artworks, print works and large immersive laser and LED installations. This is a body of new work created specifically for the unique environs of the house and grounds. Each distinctive work is characteristic of Levine’s unique and cutting-edge work with the meditative and immersive properties of light and sound.

ENCHANTED JOURNEY OF LIGHT, THURSFORD, NORFOLK, 17 Nov – 13 Dec | thursford.com/enchanted-journey-of-light/

Your journey will progress into the Santa’s Magical Journey Building (sadly Santa is STILL ice-skating so will not be attending the event). You will travel past the penguins and polar bears to the giant-sized teddy bears! Get ready to see how the elves have loaded Santa’s sleigh, then past the busy elves hard at work in the toy factory using the wondrous wrapping machine! Throughout your journey you’ll meet lots of fantasy land characters including the snowman family, make sure you watch out for their snowballs!

SANDRINGHAM WINTER LIGHT TRAIL, SANDRINGHAM, NORFOLK, 12 Nov – 19 Dec | luminate.live/sandringham-estate

Nestled deep within Her Majesty’s private Estate, awaits a spectacular, illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue, to delight and enthral your senses. As darkness descends, join us on our enchanting journey, as we weave a captivating light trail through the Country Park at Sandringham, the much loved rural retreat of Her Majesty. Immerse yourself in our mesmerising mile long trail, with stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to ambient music.

SPECTACLE OF LIGHT, HAUGHLEY PARK, STOWMARKET, SUFFOLK, 4 – 27 Feb | haughleypark.co.uk/public-events/spectacle

Discover the night-time wonder of Haughley Park and its gardens brought to life as you follow a beautiful new Spectacle of Light and Sound around the glorious gardens. Explore this magical illuminated trail marvelling at the glorious gardens and majestic  trees all lit under the stars. Enjoy the wonderful music as you discover each new secret of this romantic environment. Discover the amazing Carpet of Colour and the flickering Field of Fire. Walk through the Kaleidoscope, gaze at the Mirror balls, Moroccan lanterns and much, much more!

LOVE LIGHT NORWICH, NORFOLK, 17 – 19 Feb | lovelightnorwich.co.uk

Love Light Norwich returns with stunning new installations, projections, and performances all designed to amaze and delight. This free light festival makes Norwich shine with three days of enchanting experiences, open to everybody. See muchloved landmarks transformed into vibrant artworks, enjoy fantastic performances from renowned artists, join in with the city centre procession, and become part of the festival with interactive installations. Themed around love and belonging, Love Light Norwich takes the dark February nights and conjures a beautiful experience for residents and visitors alike.

For more cultural events in Norfolk and Suffolk, visit Head East regional culture tourism campaign blogs and more: visiteastofengland.com/head-east Follow Head East on social media.