Killerton

The perfect way to create Christmas memories with your loved ones

Experience the magic of Christmas with a special illuminated trail perfect for friends and family at Killerton, near Exeter.

What better way to walk off festive feasts than to enjoy an enchanting walk in the fresh air with loved ones?

Christmas at Killerton, which opened last month, creates timeless memories as visitors explore a beautiful world of lights and colour at the stunning National Trust property.

Matthew Findlay, Head of UK Trails for Raymond Gubbay, said: “As the festive holiday approaches, Christmas at Killerton is the perfect place to spend an...

Get ready to sparkle with over a million Christmas lights at Killerton

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 11/09/2021 - 9:23pm

The countdown to Christmas has started and National Trust’s Killerton in Exeter is getting ready to welcome a brand-new glittering illuminated Trail from 26 November 2021 to 2 January 2022.

Get your Christmas sparkle on and be surrounded by over a million twinkling lights, colourful trees and amazing illuminated installations, all choreographed to a soundtrack of much-loved seasonal music transforming Killerton’s majestic gardens into a winter wonderland.

There will be burnished lantern trees filled with flickering flames, neon strings stretched between towering trees,...

Win a family ticket to Killerton's after dark Christmas illuminated trail

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A brand new after dark Christmas illuminated trail will be bringing festive sparkle to the garden at the National Trust’s Killerton Estate, near Exeter, from 26 Nov 2021 to 2 Jan 2022 and we’re offering you the chance to win a family ticket to the opening night on 26 November 2021.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun. Wrap up warm and be transported into a winter wonderland where you will discover sparkling tunnels of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath trees drenched in...

Christmas at Killerton: The after-dark illuminated trail through festive gardens

Event Date: 
26/11/2021 - 4:30pm to 02/01/2022 - 10:00pm
Venue: 
Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter EX5 3LE

The countdown to Christmas has started and National Trust’s Killerton in Exeter is getting ready to welcome a brand-new glittering illuminated Trail from 26 November 2021 to 2 January 2022.

Get your Christmas sparkle on and be surrounded by over a million twinkling lights, colourful trees and amazing illuminated installations, all choreographed to a soundtrack of much-loved seasonal musictransforming Killerton’s majestic gardens into a winter wonderland.

There will be burnished lantern trees filled with flickering flames, neon strings stretched between towering trees,...

Discover a brand new after-dark Christmas lights trail at KIllerton

A brand new after-dark Christmas illuminated trail will be bringing festive sparkle to the garden at the National Trust’s Killerton, near Exeter, from 26 Nov 2021 – 2 Jan 2022.

A magical trail, featuring spectacular lighting set to a soundtrack of favourite seasonal tunes, will transform the estate’s landscaped grounds and gardens.

Visitors will be able to make memories as they discover sparkling tunnels of light, walk under giant baubles and beneath trees drenched in jewel-like colour. They can get into the festive feeling watching the flickering flames in the fire...

Father Christmas at Killerton. Photo: Steven Haywood, National Trust Images

Dedicated volunteers donate 3,000 hours to create Christmas magic at Killerton

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 12/03/2019 - 11:10am

A dedicated team of Christmas volunteers have spent over 3,000 hours creating a range festive displays and decorations bringing to life this year’s theme, which has taken inspiration from the well-known poem by Clement Clarke Moore, ‘Twas the night before Christmas.’

It’s all thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers at the National Trust’s Killerton, near Exeter, who start planning the theme, design and decorations at the start of each year.

Throughout 2019 the team have been busy creating festive decorations including stockings to hang by the fire in the Drawing Room and...

Tree planting. Photo: Catherine Hadler

Call for help with volun-tree planting at Killerton

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 11/09/2019 - 10:05am

The tree planting event at Killerton on Sunday 17 November is cancelled due to the weather forecast and potential flooding of the event site. Please check Killerton’s social media for updates on future events

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To conclude 2019’s celebration of the centenary of the Forestry Commission, Killerton will be hosting a tree planting event at Ellerhayes on Sunday 17 November.

The estate’s rangers need your help to plant 400 trees alongside the River Culm. The trees are being planted to contribute towards the variety of wildlife habitats at Killerton,...

National Trust Images - Paul Harris

New installation unveiled at Killerton to highlight effects of climate change

From global climate strikes led by Greta Thunberg to forest fires, environmental issues have never been so topical. Although many of us know we need to make sustainable changes, it can be difficult to grasp what the effects of climate change will look like, if we don’t take action.

But now, a new installation at Killerton in Broadclyst, Devon is offering visitors the chance to travel into the future to 2050 and experience the impact of climate change for themselves.

The first-of-its-kind immersive experience, created through CGI and augmented reality technology, will...

 New prop for the Sweet Chestnut at Killerton. Photo: Chantelle Barry

‘Prop’er job for Killerton’s iconic Sweet Chestnut tree

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 06/03/2019 - 10:29am

The majestic Sweet Chestnut tree that stands proudly next to Killerton House has had some special care and attention, as tree consultants installed a new support for its largest branch.

The tree, estimated to be over 400 years old, is an instantly recognisable part of the walk along the drive to the house. Its largest branch sits at an impressive 90 degrees to the main trunk and had been propped up with wooden beams over 80 years ago. However the prop was beginning to weather and become unstable, putting the branch at risk of collapse.

Mat Shute from East Devon Tree Care...

Help to count the birds and the bees at Killerton’s BioBlitz

On Sunday 28 April, the Killerton rangers need your help to count and learn about the creatures that live in Ashclyst Forest.

Come along to Caddihoe Scout Camp and help the team with some hands on bug hunting, flower counting and butterfly spotting at the BioBlitz day. Everything you help us find will be fed into a database to help understand more about which animals are living in the woods.

The day kicks off bright and early with a dawn chorus walk where you can enjoy the early morning bird song. Expert led walks and wildlife survey fun will then continue throughout the...

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