There are some traditions that we’ve been doing for years, like visiting Fenwick Newcastle’s Christmas Window display or watching Home Alone, and others that are reasonably new traditions for us. Enchanted Parks started a few years ago as an initiative between NewcastleGateshead and Gateshead Council, and we’ve made it a family occasion ever since. Last year we missed out due to a heavy snowfall on the day we were scheduled to attend, and I was incredibly disappointed.
This after-dark arts event held annually in Saltwell Park really kicks off the festive season for us, and tickets are in huge demand. There was such a surge on the day they were released the server crashed! From Tuesday 6th – Sunday 11th December the park is being transformed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death as A Midwinter Night’s Tale slowly comes to life.
We popped along and took some photos on the opening night this year, so if you have been unsuccessful in getting your hands on tickets you can *almost* relive the magic. If you and your family are visiting it’s advisable to wrap up warm. Saltwell Towers is open for use of their facilities and refreshments, as well as the usual coffee cart serving up lattes and marshmallow-topped hot chocolates. They also have hog roast on offer this year, which comes with apple sauce and crackling. Not our sort of thing, and we were disappointed there weren’t any dairy-free or veggie options on offer. We stopped at the chippy on the walk home instead 🙂
Our particular favourite is Nyx, a machine which leaves a trail of words in its wake. It was impressive to watch the text come to life on the paths of the park. The interactivity of Forever and a Day is bound to appeal to children and keep them entertained and bemused. Storm is reminiscent of the cloud installation I adored at last year’s Lumiere in Durham, which you can see here. I’m looking forward to that returning next year. I’m sure Dinky will be old enough to appreciate all of the ‘pretty lights’ by then.
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