Swindon’s Town Gardens are set for an illuminating December

A Christmas Light Spectacle for Town Gardens
This Christmas will see Swindon Town Garden lit-up – but not like a Christmas tree! No, rather the beloved Victorian gardens will boast a brand-new illuminated, enchanted gardens light trail. The attraction will be open to visitors throughout December.

From December 2 to December 31, a 1.5km-long outdoor lighting trail will transform Town Gardens into a spectacle of light. It’s designed by Light Art Pioneers and Luminism. South Swindon Parish Council are the hosts. Hurrah! I’m very excited about this!

The gardens will have state-of-the-art lighting effects installed throughout. Visitors will wander through a magical backdrop. One comprising illuminated trees and heritage structures. It’s also a journey of discovery of a trail of remarkable light art sculptures, low level soundscapes and interactive illuminations. The installation will also feature a specially commissioned light show set in the historic Art Deco bowl – as featured in Swindon in 50 Buildings.

Christmas Light Spectacle for Town Gardens - cube by Luminism Light Art Pioneers’
Cube by Luminism Light Art Pioneers’

Town Gardens

The late 19th and early 20th century saw the laying out of Swindon’s historic town gardens. The park lies on the undulating Okus field – the site of Purbeck stone quarries.

Town Gardens boasts many wonderful features. There’s the Grade II listed band stand, the listed pavilion cafe (also featured in Swindon in 50 Buildings) the aviary, the rose garden, Peter Pan and of course the fabulous Art Deco concert bowl.

A response

The last eighteen months or so have set a challenge to all of us. Thus, South Swindon Parish Council want to thank their residents for their efforts. And also give the people of Swindon, and surrounding areas, something positive to look forward to this festive season. It’s their hope that the illuminated walk will bring light to the gardens at a time when they’re unused.

As part of the illuminations, organisers have invited selected local schools to be part of the event. They’re asking the schools to help create one of the light art sculptures that will go in the bandstand. Its name will be Reflections of Swindon.

The Town Gardens will remain accessible to the public as normal during its winter opening hours. It’ll close each evening at 4.30pm to allow the illuminated trail to open.

Councillor Neil Hopkins, Chair of Leisure, Environment & Amenities for South Swindon Parish Council said ‘After a difficult 18 months for so many people, we’re very excited to host Swindon’s first ever light trail. It’ll create a new opportunity for family and friends to come together and celebrate in ways they couldn’t in 2020. Having seen what Luminism have delivered in other areas of the country, I know this illuminated trail will be second to none. We look forward to welcoming the residents of Swindon and beyond to this exciting new event.’

Tom Chennells, Managing Director for Light Art Pioneers, Luminism added: ‘We’re delighted to be working alongside South Swindon Parish Council to deliver this exciting new project. The Town Garden, with its high trees and heritage structures, is a beautiful setting for an illuminated trail. We’re looking forward to bringing our designs to life this Christmas.’

Son et lumiere -Christmas Light Spectacle for Town Gardens -
Luminism – Light Art Pioneers’
Son et Lumiere

Luminism – Light Art Pioneers

Luminism have been delivering illuminated walks across the UK for the last 9 years. They produced the first ever light trail in the UK with Syon Park back in 2013. Luminism fuse technology with light to create immersive and engaging experiences by manipulating light colour and sound. They’ve created stunning light art trails for the National Trust at the iconic Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire.

I’m convinced this is going to be a fabulous Christmas light spectacle for Town Gardens.


There will be a limited number of tickets available for the Enchanted Gardens Light Trail, with allocated time slots every 20 minutes.

Tickets will be available, in the main, online. There’ll also be a limited number available on the day at the box office located at the entrance to the trail.

You’ll find tickets available via the event ticketing partner, Skiddle, with slots available from 5.20pm-8.40pm. In addition there’ll be some later slots on Friday and Saturday evenings. The event will run daily with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Tickets are £5.50 for children (aged 5-17 years) and £10.50 for adults. Under 4’s and carers/assistants may attend free of charge with a paying ticket holder. Booking fees will apply.

Charity partnership

The Enchanted Gardens Light Trail is proud to partner with local charity Brighter Futures.

Brighter Futures helps the people of Swindon by supporting the services within the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The NHS foundation Trust aim is to provide the best care possible. Brighter Futures helps them to do this by funding the purchasing of equipment, supporting education of staff, and improving the environment for all staff and patients.

As part of the event partnership, the charity receives £1 from every ticket sold.

Kenresa Stratford, Community and Events Fundraising Manager for Brighter Futures said: ‘We at Brighter Futures feel delighted at our selection as the charity beneficiary for this exciting new event. One which will be an exciting addition to the town’s festive calendar. We can’t wait to see the Town Gardens come alive in the evenings during this festive period.

During the last 18 months, our charity events haven’t been able to go ahead. Thus we’re so looking forward to getting back out into the community and being a part of Swindon’s first ever light trail.’

Luminism – Light Art Pioneers’. - Reflections
Luminism – Light Art Pioneers’ – Reflections