Whitchurch Silk Mill Winter Lights Spectacular provides a blaze of colour at the end of January
A Walk Through Time, created by Zeal Live, is a lights spectacle weaving through the mill and gardens at Whitchurch Silk Mill from the end of January.
Whitchurch Silk Mill Winter Lights Spectacular returns for 2022 in a blaze of glory from January 28 to February 6.
Visitors will make their way around an illuminated walk weaving through the mill and gardens, as light displays transport them through time to the earliest days of the mill.
Inside the mill, the historic machinery will be lit with displays of light representing patterns and swirling fabrics as weavers weave silk on historic looms.
Outside on Frog Island, where two parts of the River Test flow into one, light and classical music will wash over the mill, the gardens and the tree-lined river banks, and the river will reflect the light.
Visitor experience manager at the mill Lisa Gale said: “This revives a Mill tradition that dates back to Victorian times when the Mill was owned by the Hide family. Then 400 stained glass candle holders covered the Mill and turned the millpond into a beautiful mirror of dancing colour. The practice faded during the twentieth century, though the candles were used for Queen Elizabeth's Coronation in 1953.”
Other special events will take place throughout the 10-day experience, including at the launch on January 28, when Glow performer Nick Cook, who along with his robot stilt walker, will provide a spectacular show full of circus tricks sure to provide the wow factor along with his robot stilt walker.
There will be a special celebration of Chinese New Year on Tuesday, February 1 with a performance from the Lion Dance UK team in the mill grounds and on Wednesday, February 2 there are sensory light activities from local company Sensory Toys, a quiet night for those that prefer a more relaxed atmosphere.
The Winter Lights will run from January 28 to February 6, 4pm to 9pm. The event is open every day, Monday to Sunday.
For tickets and updates on the latest events check the mill's website www.whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk