Festival of Fools

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Produced by Northumberland Lights, with stunning light installations and dazzling performances from an array of quirky characters, enter a world of festive mischief during The Alnwick Garden’s non-traditional Festival of Fools.

Once inside, you will be whisked away on an exhilarating night-time journey, with intrigue, mesmerising performances and quirky characters at every turn. Absorb the surroundings in an attempt to solve The Fools' riddle, or simply take a magical winter walk and admire the sumptuous lighting designs and peculiar creations of this alternative world beyond the Ornamental Garden gates.

Timed slots every half hour from 5.30-8.30pm. Experience lasts approximately 60 minutes.

Limited tickets available, please purchase on our booking site or by calling 01665 511350 (option 3).

Ticket type Advance tickets Tickets on the door
Adult £12.50 £13.95
Child (5-16 years) £7.50 £8.95
Concession £7.50 £8.95
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £32.50 £34.95

Praise for Festival of Fools


Highly, HIGHLY recommend for people to do during your Christmas break. Firstly, it’s magical being set in the garden at night with the most wonderful lighting and projections framing the scene. I don’t want to give too much away, but there is genuinely something there for people of all ages to get involved – from the youngest kids to old gadgies
--Paul Szmorou, NewcastleGateshead Initiative

We had a lovely time in the walled garden this evening - guessing and feeling the magic of the lights and the fun of the fools. Thank you for a successful event!
--Andrea and Rob Thompson, N. Yorkshire.

Magical fun - just what a group of 20-something ladies needed to get us feeling festive and FOOLISH!
--Kasia Kurowska

Fantastic, foolish, fabulous, fun even without the kids!
--Jon, Teresa, Antonia Leopold, Durham

        Great experience and something festivally different to do with friends and family. I'd recommend it to 'one and all' to wish yourself a merry Christmas. Will be remembered with a smile!
--Imogen Davies, Newcastle.

Such fun we had, as we are fools anyway! See you next year!
--Anna, Newcastle.

About Northumberland Lights

Award winning and popular winter outdoor festival, Northumberland Lights has been staging cultural and creative events in unusual locations across Northumberland since 2006. Working in partnership with public and private organisations, Northumberland Lights has gained a nationwide reputation for quality, community engagement and artistic innovation, and to date has attracted around 150,000 people to its festival events across the county. Northumberland Lights 2011 won ‘best event Northumberland’ in this year’s Journal Culture Awards.

Northumberland Lights is delighted to bring its own unique brand of seasonal fun to The Alnwick Garden. Zoe Bottrell, Director of Northumberland Lights, said:

We're really excited to bring Northumberland Lights to this iconic garden and this newly-created night-time adventure will really appeal to families looking for something fun and different to do during the festive period. We want visitors to experience the Ornamental Garden in a whole new light and enjoy an evening of mischievous festive fun - so expect the unexpected!

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Limited tickets available, please purchase on our booking site or by calling 01665 511350 (option 3).

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Festival of Fools

"'Highly, HIGHLY recommend for people to do during your Christmas break. Firstly, it’s magical being set in the garden at night with the most wonderful lighting and projections framing the scene. I don’t want to give too much away, but there is genuinely something there for people of all ages to get involved – from the youngest kids to old gadgies' -- Paul Szmorou, NewcastleGateshead Initiative"

Festival of Fools
Festival of Fools

The Alnwick Garden is more than a garden, it is a registered charity that places people at its heart, whether they be individuals or part of a community. As well as standing for contemporary gardening excellence, The Garden stimulates change through play, learning, the arts, healthy activity, addressing disability and the economic renaissance of a rural community.

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