Trengwainton's Lantern walk

Candlelit white withy and tissue paper lanterns

For hundreds of families Christmas starts with the annual Lantern Walk at Trengwainton Garden, near Penzance. This year it takes place on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December from 5.30-8pm.

Magical atmosphere

The garden takes on a magical atmosphere with the lower drive and walled gardens lined with flaming bamboo torches. The walled gardens and orchard are decorated with hundreds of fairy lights and withy lanterns made by local school children.

Visit a very special person

Father Christmas will be on hand in his bell tent grotto – dressed in the older tradition of green robes to match his orchard setting. Booking’s not necessary, but timed tickets will be issued on the night.

Getting creative

This event couldn’t happen without the hard work and support of a team of National Trust volunteers and numerous local schools.

Throughout November, the volunteers go into the schools to lead workshops on making withy and tissue paper lanterns. The children love the opportunity to get sticky with the glue and creative with the tissue paper.

What else is on offer?

In the orchard you can stay warm with hot food and drink for sale while listening to local bands and choirs and singing along to the festive songs.

The children can decorate their own jam jar lantern so they’ve a memento of the night to take home with them.

Entry’s free for National Trust members and half price for everyone else, so come along and create some magical memories for you and your family.