See Woburn in a new light with ice night out

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STUCK for something to do this Saturday night? askes Sammy Jones.

Why waste away the evening in front of the small screen when you can take the family entire to Woburn Abbey for the inaugural Luminaries Woburnensis?

Whether you are a regular Woburn-ite, or have never previously visited the beautiful, historical site, you will be transfixed as you wander the Abbey gardens by candlelight after dark.

The warm glow of the luminaria light will pick out the pathways, trees and lake and as you move through, you will be wowed by contemporary art installations being created specifically for the evening.

Among the delights, a sculpture of a globe full of tumbling Koi carp will be turning on the lake, a fire-breathing dragon, and an animated fire sculpture.

Her Grace the Duchess of Bedford has also commissioned award-winning ice sculptors for the show, who will be creating awe-inspiring creations over on the main lawn area.

Snuggle up on beanbags and pull over the blankets to hold back the chill factor while you watch these icy artists take another chip off the cold block and get intricate with the cold stuff.

Tasty soups and hearty-casseroles will fill bellies and warm from the inside out. Mmm.

Luminaries Woburnensis begins with a look at the Chinese Dairy, which is never usually open to the public.

Visitors can launch lotus flower lanterns onto the lake which will make for a stunning spectacle, and if you choose to, make your own hanging lantern to light your route as you discover the charm of the gardens.

This most charming of events begins at 5pm, with last admission at 9pm.

Tickets are £8 for adults, £7 for seniors, £3.50 for children aged between three and fifteen years old.

Under three’s go free.

As a half term treat, or to bring a touch of romance to your valentine’s weekend, Luminaries Woburnensis won’t fail to bring a smile.

Just remember to reach for the woolly-wear before you set off!

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