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Kenilworth Castle will be enchanted by English Heritage this December.

It is hard to imagine that Kenilworth Castle, and it's beautiful Elizabethan Gardens could look any more magical than they do on an autumn day. But this December romance will be in the air at Kenilworth, where Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, built a tower to woo Queen Elizabeth I with the arrival of English Heritage's Enchanted Events. Running from Friday 15th through to 23rd December the grounds of Kenilworth Castle will be transformed into an entrancing fairytale of twinkling lights, colour and sound, bringing the castle's history to life in this captivating illumination event.

 

This December, English Heritage will transform Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens into an entrancing fairytale of twinkling lights, colour and sound during its Enchanted Events.

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens

Considered to be one of England's most beautiful castles Kenilworth boasts a 900-year history. Developed by a succession of royal owners from its origins as strategic Norman tower into a vast medieval fortress. Always considered a seat of power, it's siege by Henry III during the Baron's Wars turned out to be the longest in English history and was a testament to the castle's tremendous strength. It is, however, for one of our greatest love stories that Kenilworth Castle is probably best known. In 1563 Elizabeth I granted Kenilworth to Robert Dudley, her childhood friend and favourite. Believed to be the Queen's great love, their relationship caused much speculation and gossip at the time. Unable to marry his queen, Dudley devoted himself to creating the most exquisite palace and gardens, and Kenilworth showcased the most elegant architecture in Elizabethan England.

 

This December, English Heritage will transform Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens into an entrancing fairytale of twinkling lights, colour and sound during its Enchanted Events.

Enchanted Events

English Heritage has recreated the Elizabethan Gardens at Kenilworth in authentic detail thanks to a precise contemporary description of the gardens that survives from 1575. It is easy to imagine the delight that the Queen must have found in the castle's exquisite grounds. And this Christmas the English Heritage Enchanted Garden Event will equally captivate visitors of all ages with sparkling lit trails leading to the illuminated castle. Colourful light displays will conjure up the castle's royal past, as the sounds and scents of a banquet drift through the castle walls.

 

This December, English Heritage will transform Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens into an entrancing fairytale of twinkling lights, colour and sound during its Enchanted Events.

 

From the Great Hall, follow streams of festive lights towards the Mistletoe Garden. Here bright red holly berries decorate the trees, and an arbour glitters against the night sky. Discover the kissing boughs – a traditional Christmas decoration with Mistletoe, and a party among the illuminated ruins before following the magical trail to find vintage fairground rides and heritage-inspired stalls.

 

This December, English Heritage will transform Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens into an entrancing fairytale of twinkling lights, colour and sound during its Enchanted Events.

 

With mince pies, mulled wine and toasted marshmallows all adding to the festive mood Enchanted Kenilworth Castle promises to be a fantastic and unique evening out for all the family.

 

This December, English Heritage will transform Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens into an entrancing fairytale of twinkling lights, colour and sound during its Enchanted Events.

To see the full list of magical Enchanted Events taking place at English Heritage properties, please click on the banner below.

This December, English Heritage will transform Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens into an entrancing fairytale of twinkling lights, colour and sound during its Enchanted Events.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by English Heritage.

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29 Comments

  • Reply mudpie fridays

    This sounds and looks absolutely brilliant, I will have to see if there are any English Heritage properties doing the same near me!

    November 1, 2017 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Kerry norris

    Anything with mince pies and mulled wine is right up my street x

    October 31, 2017 at 11:15 pm
  • Reply Cal at Family Makes

    It looks absolutely gorgeous. There’s a place near us, Belsay Hall in Northumberland (another EH property), which does Enchanted Gardens too. It looks really special.

    October 31, 2017 at 4:48 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I read about Belsay Hall on the enchanted event’s website. It looks a wonderful property too – country house and castle all in one which is definitely the best of both worlds!

      November 1, 2017 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Heidi Brown

    This looks like its going to be so magical! Make me wonder if our local castle is doing anything, Might have to go and see!

    October 31, 2017 at 11:09 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Castles are amazing at any time of the year but they definitely seem extra special at Christmas I think Heidi 🙂

      November 1, 2017 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Zena's Suitcase

    It looks like a really magical day out. I will be looking at the English Heritage properties near us to see what’s on now

    October 31, 2017 at 8:36 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They have some great events on across the country Zena – my kids love visiting historic properties 🙂

      November 1, 2017 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Beth @ BethinaBox.com

    Oh wow! I’m missing out by not visiting here! It looks like a great place to visit with fab photo opportunities. 🙂

    October 30, 2017 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply John Milnes

    Sold, I am going to add this place as one the places to take my camera in the near year.

    Thanks for Sharing

    John M

    October 30, 2017 at 6:14 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      You could definitely do it justice John, your photos are always amazing 🙂

      November 1, 2017 at 9:16 am
  • Reply The Frenchie Mummy

    oh it looks so pretty! Even more magical with xmas decorations! I will have to visit it when we go on the area

    October 30, 2017 at 5:55 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’ll look amazing with all those lights – there are a few different sites for the enchanted events so look out for one near you 🙂

      November 1, 2017 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Nafisah

    They did a great job with the recreation. It looks amazing and I am sure it would be fun ..

    October 30, 2017 at 3:07 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Doesn’t it look beautiful? Definitely a great way to get into the Christmas spirit 🙂

      November 1, 2017 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Fashion and Style Police

    I love visiting places my this. My kids would love this too. Looks so enchanting.

    October 30, 2017 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Ray

    Oh gosh, that looks absolutely breathtaking even before all the Christmassy get up. It sounds like an amazing evening.

    October 29, 2017 at 12:51 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It looks a fab event doesn’t it Ray, all the sites where the enchanted events are being held are gorgeous 🙂

      October 29, 2017 at 5:55 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I would absolutely LOVE to go to this! I love English history and all its wonderful castles. What a great event!

    October 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I’m the same with history Elizabeth, and the enchanted events will be a magical way to engage children in history 🙂

      October 29, 2017 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply Cath - BattleMum

    Oh wow that sounds amazing. That castle looks spectacular and one I’d never known much about but really want to visit now. The lights display sounds fab and I’d love to have a walk through the gardens!

    October 29, 2017 at 11:56 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s got an amazing history hasn’t it Cath, I agree the gardens look stunning 🙂

      October 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm
  • Reply Ger ( It's Me & Ethan)

    Wow.That sure looks beautiful and steeped in history. I imagine Christmas will indeed be something to see considering how beautiful the pictures are without fairy lights and magical Christmas magic!

    October 29, 2017 at 9:39 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s beautiful isn’t it Ger 🙂 I can’t wait to see it all lit up at Christmas.

      October 29, 2017 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Sinead (shinnersandthebrood.com)

    If that’s not the perfect place for Halloween celebrations, I don’t know where is! Looks like loads of fun!

    October 28, 2017 at 11:04 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’d be a great place to visit at Halloween Sinead, and a friend told me recently that its the most haunted castle in the UK!

      October 29, 2017 at 5:51 pm

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