Artist Creates Flock of Glowing Birds for Stourhead’s Christmas Light Trail

By Jessica Durston - 30 November 2021

Attractions
  • Two in the Hand lit up by Geraldine Pilgrim

    Two in the Hand lit up by Geraldine Pilgrim

Artist Geraldine Pilgrim has created a unique light installation as part of the Christmas Light Trail at National Trust Stourhead.

  • Two in the Hand by Geraldine Pilgrim

    Two in the Hand by Geraldine Pilgrim

‘Two in the Hand’ features dozens of glowing birds sitting in the branches of a tree at the world-famous landscaped gardens and celebrates how the simplicity of seeing birds in a tree can bring joy to us all.

The artwork is part of the illuminated trail which also features sparkling tunnels of light, dancing lakeside reflections, trees drenched in jewel-like, larger-than-life illuminations and a fire garden.

The Christmas Light Trail will run at Stourhead until 2 January. It is open from 4.30pm - 10pm with last entry capped at 8pm. 

Geraldine said: “It’s a dream come true to have the opportunity to create an installation for the Christmas Light Trail at Stourhead. 

“I’ve designed ‘Two In The Hand’ specifically for this specific lakeside pin oak tree and I hope the glowing birds do this magnificent landscape justice."

Geraldine trained as a fine artist and designer and works across the visual arts and theatre. She is known for her evocative installations and participatory site-specific performances which aim to create a contemporary dialogue with occupied and empty buildings, historic houses, and landscapes.

Her installations and performances have taken place in empty Office Blocks, Schools, Hotels, Swimming Pools, Factories and Hospitals as well as Castles, Stately Homes and Public Parks.

Christmas at Stourhead is brought to members of the public by leading events promoter Raymond Gubbay Limited, a division of Sony Music, in partnership with the National Trust. The trail is created by Culture Creative.

Admission prices for the trail are: Adult £20, Child £14, Family £66 (2 adults & 2 children) and free entry for carers and children aged 2 & under.

Parking is available at £8 per car, or free for National Trust Members when booked in advance. 

More information can be found at nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead or by using the hashtag #christmasatstourhead or #mychristmastrails

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