Bucklands River of Light

Head to the Great Barn where you enter a forest of Christmas trees and be immersed in a river of light.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Feel the festive vibes with a Christmas tree forest in the Great Barn leading to the large Buckland estate tree.

Follow the twinkling lights of the trees as you meander your way through the forest. But the path is not actually a path....it is a River of Light to make you feel like you are walking through a river. 

The rivers and waterways here at Buckland were very important to all the people who lived and worked here and made the abbey their home. 

We all rely on rivers. For centuries they’ve been the veins that run through our cities and countryside: providing water for us to drink and grow crops  and providing us with tranquil places to explore and escape.

Today though, our rivers are in trouble - and so is the wildlife that depends on them. This means that some of our most important plants, insects, animals and birds are at risk.

As you walk through the barn you will be immersed in the river of light which has been created using rippling lights of blue tone colours. You might also spot the odd fish or two on the side of the barn walls!

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Buckland Abbey

Prices

From 4th December onwards
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £13.20 £12.00
Child £6.60 £6.00
Family £33.00 £30.00
Family one adult £19.80 £18.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 10
N/A £11.50
Group Child
Minimum group size 10
N/A £6.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

The basics

Meeting point
Head to Visitor Welcome once you have parked up.
What to bring and wear
The barn can be very chilly so wrap up warm.
Accessibility
Wheelchair and push chair friendly

Contact Info

Name
Buckland Abbey
Email
bucklandabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01822 853607

Upcoming events

Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail at Buckland Abbey

Sat 04 Dec 2021
10:00-15:30
This Winter, treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Buckland Abbey on the Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail.

Bucklands River of Light

Sat 04 Dec 2021
10:00-16:00
Head to the Great Barn where you enter a forest of Christmas trees and be immersed in a river of light.

Christmas Elizabethan dancing and masked fairy-tale

Sun 12 Dec 2021
10:00-16:00
Dust off your dancing shoes and step into Christmas with Renaissance Historical Dance Society. 

Olde Father Christmas

Sat 18 Dec 2021
10:30-10:45
Olde Father Christmas has returned from his year off and is looking forward to greeting visitors at Buckland Abbey again.

Wassail

Sun 02 Jan 2022
10:00-16:00
No New Year festivity is complete without a traditional Wassail. Come and join us as we wake the trees from their Winter slumber...