Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens’ ILLUMINATE returns to light up winter nights

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens’ ILLUMINATE event returns later this month to brighten up the dark winter evenings.

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Following the success of last year’s event, Dorchester-based lighting specialists OT Event Technicians are again taking over the Gardens at twilight from 26 November to 23 December illuminating the exotic trees and plants and making the Wonderland Sculpture Trail even more magical.

Visitors will follow a route that winds through the Gardens where multi-coloured LED floodlights bathe the surroundings in a rainbow of colour.

The coloured lights and the shadows cast by the huge trees and tropical foliage transform the Garden into a place of wonder.

Ollie Titterington of OT Event Technicians says: “We are extremely pleased to be invited back again this year to bring our new route to Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.

“It’s a beautiful setting and the Subtropical Gardens form a perfect backdrop, enabling us to show off our lighting skills to their full potential, incorporating the gardens’ natural beauty.”
Abbotsbury Tourism General Manager Martin Alderman adds: “We are delighted that Ollie and the team at OT Event Technicians are back with ILLUMINATE this year.

“Last year’s event proved enormously popular and it’s a wonderful evening for all the family to enjoy in the run-up to Christmas.

The Gardens’ café will be open every evening and the shop will also be fully stocked with many quality Christmas gifts.


The event will run from 4.30pm or 5pm to 8pm from the 26 November to the 23 December, with last entries between 7pm and 7.15pm. Online booking is essential to obtain tickets which are £9.50 per adult and £7.50 per child (children under 5 years go free).

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