FOLLOWING its successful first winter event last year, a popular South Lakes visitor attraction will put go bigger and better this year.

Levens Hall and Gardens has announced plans for illumination of the world’s oldest topiary garden this December, having witnessed the huge popularity of its first winter event in 2021. 

An expanded Christmas market of local artisans and food and drink specialists is being planned within a huge covered marquee and there will be live music for the first time. 

Levens Hall and Gardens’ owner, Richard Bagot, says: “We had an incredible response to our inaugural event but know that many people were unable to secure tickets and attend.  We wanted to run this winter extravaganza again, so that more people can say they saw the world’s oldest topiary garden in this unique illuminated environment, which creates goosebumps and adds a completely different ambience to that enjoyed by day.   

“We hope to see as many people as we can accommodate at this five-day event and also help support the craftspeople and food and drink artisans who will be part of our Christmas market.” 

Visitors will also be able to see more of the gardens, with an expanded route planned, as well as again appreciating the festively decorated house and its incredible interior and items of interest. 

Although Levens Hall and Gardens closed to the public on October 6 for the 2022 season, leaving just Levens Kitchen and its gift shop open in the off-season, the winter event will see the venue reopening for the special ticketed event, running between Thursday December 8 and Monday December 12, 2022. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are expected to sell fast, with those disappointed last year finally having the opportunity to view the topiary and Hall in a unique way. 

Levens Kitchen will also be open, serving warming refreshments and food for those enjoying the spectacle.