Bishop Auckland shines bright as AGLOW opens to visitors

Auckland Castle’s first large-scale Christmas event opens to the public on Wednesday 22nd November, dazzling visitors to the County Durham destination and kicking off the festive season in fabulous style.

Open until 31st December 2023 (excluding Christmas Day) AGLOW is one of the largest light trails in England. Visitors can find the tallest Christmas tree in the north of England, standing at an impressive 30 metres tall, which has been decorated by local students from East Durham College, as well as seventeen other awe-inspiring light installations.

Visitors to AGLOW will see Auckland Castle in an entirely new light, with stunning projections on the Castle walls and glowing rainbow-hued spheres of light covering the Bowling Green. A sparkling 100-metre-long tunnel of 100,000 stars leads into the Deer Park where large-scale illuminations with lasers, neon ropes, mirror balls, LED vines and starburst trees take visitors on a journey of adventure.

Duncan Lomax Ravage Productions for AGLOW at The Auckland Project 18
Thousands of people are already planning to visit Bishop Auckland during AGLOW and we can’t wait to welcome everyone. This is what The Auckland Project has been preparing for all winter: providing a wonderful setting for friends and families to gather during the holiday season, to have fun and make memories together. “We hosted a special preview evening earlier this week, and the trail received fantastic comments. It certainly got everyone feeling festive!”
Jared Bowers, Chief Operating Officer at The Auckland Project

The glittering one-and-a-half-mile long trail through the ancient Auckland Castle parkland gives visitors views of the illuminated Deer House, silk flower lanterns, pyrotechnics on the River Gaunless, and Santa’s Village, complete with performances from Santa and his cheeky elves, and a choice of warming festive food and drink stalls.

The Castle and grounds are utilised to their full extent, making every twist and turn of the 1.5 hour-long illuminated route a Christmas experience like no other.

The Deer Park is a much-loved area of Bishop Auckland, and grew hugely in popularity over Covid. This winter, we’re echoing what the grounds would have been to the Prince Bishops, and showing the whole of the North East just how special these pleasure grounds are. “Along with the vintage fairground rides and the Christmas village, AGLOW is an exciting new offering from The Auckland Project, showcasing its commitment to the area and providing entertainment for visitors year-round.
Edward Perry, CEO at The Auckland Project

During the trail, visitors can take in the sights over a mulled wine or hot chocolate with nearby fire pits providing winter warmth.

For those making a day of it, The Auckland Project has plenty more to offer including Auckland Castle, the Spanish Gallery, Faith Museum and Mining Art Gallery, open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:30am – 4pm (separate tickets required).

Entry times for the trail are at 30-minute intervals from 4:30pm – 8:30pm each day. Please allow at least 90 minutes to complete the trail.

Tickets are £21.50 for adults, £14.50 for children or £66.50 for families (consisting of one adult and three children, or two adults and two children.) Children aged 2 and under enter for free.

The Auckland Project Annual Pass Holders receive 20% discount on the ticket prices.

Tickets can be booked on the website:

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