The Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park
For an eleventh year, Syon Park's Enchanted Woodland will see the 600-year-old gardens and their 400-odd specimens of tree transformed by specially designed illuminations and lights. The route can be completed in half an hour by those with a brisk pace, but better to allow longer for taking photos, admiring the installations and playing with the interactive lights along the way. Book in advance on 020 8560 0882.
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It's a far cry from the days (WW2) when after school in Isleworth our small gang would 'bunk' over the wall down by the river where the timber barges came in and get nabbed by a couple of coppers on the lookout for birds nest egg snatchers. Time moves on.
Beautiful evening out. Low key and relaxed, but fun, a night walk through the Arboretum of Syon House, which is illuminated for the occasion, ending at the spectacular Great Conservatory. Not expensive, no pressure. I never miss it!
My son and (prospective) daughter-in-law took my husband and I there and it was very enjoyable. A nice bracing walk in the grounds and a steak dinner in one of the local eateries in this lovely part of London.