Festival of Light at Mount Stewart

At a chilly 5 degrees, Saturday night at Mount Stewart’s Festival of Light was not for the unprepared. Wrapped in Winter woolies and sturdy boots we went on an adventure at one of Northern Ireland’s most well-known National Trust sites, Mount Stewart in County Down.

I’ve lived in Newtownards for most my life and I can honestly say I’ve never actually been to the house or grounds before. In truth I thought it would never appeal to me – how wrong I was!

Last year the display got a lot of stick for the event not living up to the hype. Though I cannot compare, I have to say I was awed by the beauty of it all and feedback on their Facebook page has been nothing but positive.


Set around a beautiful still and glass-like lake, the setting was perfect for families, friends and couples alike to wander around at leisure and enjoy a feast for the eyes. Based on the Son Lumiere shows that originated in France, the result of the well placed and beautifully coloured lights was breathtaking.

Not only that but Mount Stewart House itself was also illuminated showcasing antique artwork in a bold new light.

If you’re hungry there’s a lovely little food market boasting burgers, waffles and more and many visitors seemed to choose a bite to eat before taking a second walk to take in the views once more.

Tickets are still available (here) for a few nights and the show is on until Sunday 29th November.

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