Friday, 8 December 2017

A Winter Wonderland {Ft. "Glow" at Harlow Carr Gardens}

 The Winter nights really feel like they've been drawing in recently and we've all been feeling the chill in the air. The mornings are pretty frosty and by evening we're all ready for warm baths and PJ's !
But as much as I relish in the cosiness of home, its lovely to get out together, even in the cold Wintery air! This week we were invited by RHS Harlow Carr Gardens to visit their "Glow" Winter illuminations which are on until the 30th of December. We've been to Harlow Carr many times but never at night time so were looking forward to seeing it under the stars! We made sure to bundle up warm and thankfully the evening was clear and dry. The entrance looks so inviting, lit up by twinkling fairy lights, Christmas trees, and the lovely glow of Bettys tea room with their beautiful "Enchanted" window display. The boys couldn't wait to get going round the gardens; from a distance you can see the coloured glow of the illuminations and it just looks so magical. All along the gardens there are trees and shrubs illuminated in greens, reds and blues as well as the lake and streamside; they look stunning under the spotlights and just make everything look so different. In a way you feel like you are seeing more than you would in the daylight! There's a beautiful wood cabin with glass panels where you can warm up while looking out over the grounds. It's covered with little lights and feels so cosy; the perfect spot to drink your hot chocolate.The boys loved running along the winter walk and especially looking out for the "BFG" They were both so excited neither noticed the chill in the air and used up quite a lot of energy!
 We finished our walk with a look around the RHS shop (for some Christmas gifting inspiration!) and a little visit to Bettys (It's open until 7pm) for some treats to take home.
We had such a wonderful evening at "Glow", it really was the perfect outing for a Decembers evening and I'm sure we'll be back again before they finish at the end of the month!
If you get a chance do make time to visit Harlow Carr and see these beautiful gardens by night.

The Glow Illuminations are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 3pm until 8pm 

NB Post in collaboration with Harlow Carr Gardens however all opinions are entirely our own

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