Blenheim Palace has been transformed into a world of eerie wonder this spooky season, with the return of its bewitching lights trail. I had the pleasure of experiencing the opening weekend of the impressive display, and it did not disappoint.
Greeted by the piercing red eyes of the faceless horsemen and the mournful presence of a heartbroken corpse bride lurking in the shadows, it was instantly obvious that there were thrills in store for adults as well as children, showcasing a perfect harmony of fear factor and family-friendly fun.
The other attractions included ghosts, ghouls, witches, and werewolves, as well as a vampire’s crypt and fantastic fire performers from Let’s Circus. While a similar concept to their Christmas trail – an annual favourite of mine – both themes carry their own distinct charm – while the Christmas trail fills you with warmth and cosy nostalgia, the Halloween version is wonderfully mysterious and spooky, while also filling you with Autumn spirit with the help of hot toddy stops and toasted marshmallows to warm you up along your way. Both events are expertly crafted and bring out the best of Blenheim Palace's natural and architectural beauty.
The level of craftsmanship and artistry in the light installations was impeccable, from the towering, eerie displays nestled in the trees to the subtle creatures and crawlies concealed within pools of bubbling smoke. The trail seamlessly marries the historical grandeur of the palace with a contemporary touch of the supernatural. There really is nothing else like this around, so don’t miss your chance to visit. Secure your tickets here and immerse yourself in the magic of Blenheim Palace's Halloween lights trail.
Halloween at Blenheim Palace is brought to you by Raymond Gubbay Ltd, a division of Sony Music, in partnership with Blenheim Palace. The trail is created by Culture Creative.
Image credits: Richard Haughton for Sony Music