After a wildly successful first year for the ‘Illuminated Arboretum’ event last December the light and sound event is set to make a return, with more displays promised.
Between 11 and 20 December, Illuminated Arboretum returns to the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield, Staffordshire offering families the opportunity to explore a meandering mile long route at night to explore a winter light experience.
Following a successful debut in 2018, this year’s incarnation features a new selection of artistic installations using light and sound to explore the art of conversation, bathing the woodlands, gardens and memorials in colour.
Last year saw giant, stark strobe beams shining into the sky in a circle encompassing the central Armed Forces Memorial, a forest packed with hanging LED strips that bathed everything in bright colours, interactive displays aimed to cater for all ages, and flaming tiki torches lining the longest pathways between exhibits.
Most striking of all is the realisation that each light display aims to highlight and showcase a particular memorial – from the main Armed Forces Memorial, to towering statues and figures and smaller plaques and memorials along the way. a spectacle on face value, the lights and sounds draw in new audiences to memorials they may otherwise not have known of.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 01283 245 100 – tickets booked in advance of the event are available at a discount.