Imagine this: Our excitement levels were already through the roof for the Christmas Spectacular at Thursford. Little did we know that an additional dose of holiday magic awaited us with an invite to the Enchanted Journey of Light. Get ready for the inside scoop in this review of the Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light, where the holiday spirit soared to new heights!
Note: We were invited to visit the Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light so that we could share the experience with our readers.
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What is the Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light?
The Thursford Journey of Light is a magical experience that takes visitors on an enchanting adventure through a world of fantasy and wonder. The journey begins in the Fantasyland Building, where you walk through charming scenes with adorable animatronic penguins, polar bears, and giant teddy bears. You’ll venture behind the scenes of Santa’s workshop, where industrious elves load Santa’s sleigh and craft toys using a wondrous wrapping machine.
The adventure doesn’t end indoors; it also includes the Lantern Light Extravaganza which is outside. Here, guests are treated to a huge display of luminous sculptures that bring fantasy to life. From a fantasy underwater world to the wilds of the North Pole via the plains of Africa, the outdoor exhibit showcases a dazzling array of creatures and scenes that captivate the imagination.
Our Experience at the Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light
While the primary reason for our visit to Thursford was the Christmas Spectacular, we were also invited to explore the Enchanted Journey of Light, and it turned out to be a delightful addition to our festive experience.
When we arrived at Thursford, we were greeted by the Queen’s Guard and Household Cavalry (well, life-sized figurines). I was impressed with how realistic they looked.
Entering Fantasyland, we stepped into a realm of animated displays that captivated us with meticulous attention to detail. Surrounded by bustling activity, we found ourselves almost missing some of the action taking place above us.
The festive winter landscapes skilfully integrated steam engines, while animatronic penguins, polar bears, and a Teddy Bear family enhanced the overall charm.
A highlight was the snowmen joyfully engaging in a snowball fight, infusing the atmosphere with playfulness. After a bit we found ourselves at the North Pole, where we witnessed busy elves preparing for the big day, accompanied by Rudolph and other reindeer poised to pull Santa’s sleigh.
After soaking up the wonders inside Fantasyland, it was time to take the excitement outdoors. The Light Trail lured us with its dazzling path of lights, guiding us to an awe-inspiring surprise waiting in the top meadow.
The captivating play between the darkness and the vibrant hues of the illuminated displays left us spellbound. I was amazed at the sheer variety of figurines and lights that awaited.
The lantern light trail kicked off with a journey through Candyland with larger-than-life sweets and a charming gingerbread house. It felt like stepping into a living version of a fairy tale, like Hansel and Gretel.
Continuing on, the next section felt like we had entered a zoo. Our path was adorned with a diverse array of animals, and among our favourites were the majestic snow leopard, the impressive rhinoceros, and the charming Madagascar penguins. Since it is the holiday season there were a few reindeer too.
Next, the trail led us into an Asian-inspired scene, where vibrant reds and intricate Chinese characters added a cultural touch.
The final section transported us under the sea, where lively displays of colourful fish, a colossal conch shell, delicate sea plants, jellyfish, and an enchanting seahorse awaited our exploration.
Each section of the Enchanted Journey of Light presented a unique and mesmerizing world, and the overall experience left us in awe. It truly is a one-of-a-kind adventure, more vibrant and magical than any other light trail we’ve encountered. Although we had seen photos before, we didn’t really have an idea of the scale, variety or impact of the Enchanted Journey of Light.
Review of Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light
I knew Thursford fully embraces the spirit of Christmas, but the Enchanted Journey of Light surprised us with the sheer volume and quality of displays. Everywhere I turned, there were picture-perfect moments, showcasing not only a multitude of scenes but with many tiny and thoughtful details that made it interesting for all ages. The effort and creativity invested in its development must have been immense.
Fantasyland proved to be a delightful spectacle, with its adorable displays evoking smiles effortlessly. Children would undoubtedly revel in the charming characters and animals, while adults could appreciate the artistic qualities and the quirky whimsical scenes. Let’s be honest – everyone’s still a child at heart.
Check out video highlights of Fantasyland here.
The Lantern Light Trail was a sensory feast, boasting vibrant colours and accompanying music that transported us into various animated worlds. The magic of the journey was so deep that it felt like entering a world of imagination and fantasy.
Check out video highlights of the Lantern Light Trail here.
The entire attraction was impeccably organized, allowing us to enjoy the experience at our own pace without ever feeling rushed. It was a magical journey through light and fantasy, leaving us with lasting memories of a truly extraordinary adventure.
Other Things to See and Do at Thursford at Christmas
Thursford offers more than just the Enchanted Journey of Light during the holiday season. The Thursford Spectacular, a mesmerizing 3-hour variety show, is a must-see to truly believe. There is also a funfair on select nights that can be visited along with the Enchanted Journey of Light (rides are an additional fee).
Additionally, there’s the Pavilion Restaurant, a cosy cafe within Fantasyland, and the Barn Cafe. Don’t forget to explore the shops, where you can discover special gifts for your loved ones.
For a festive visit with the kids to meet Father Christmas, you need to book Santa’s Magical Journey, which also includes the Enchanted Journey of Light.
Is Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light Worth It?
Absolutely! Dive into a world of enchantment, where animated displays, festive winter scenes, and magical surprises await. Whether you’re captivated by whimsical snowmen, the hustle and bustle of Santa’s workshop, or the dazzling Lantern Light Extravaganza, this journey promises a unique holiday experience. The attention to detail, vibrant colours, and diverse themes cater to all ages, ensuring a memorable and enchanting adventure.
Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light FAQs
No, but Christmas Spectacular ticket holders can enjoy discounted entry to the Enchanted Journey of Light before their scheduled show (between 12:00 -13:00 for matinees and between 17:00 – 18:00 for evening performances).
Please note that the special rate cannot be pre-booked and is payable on the day at the Fantasy Land entrance, upon presentation of your Spectacular ticket/s. This exclusive offer is also open to Spectacular ticket holders on days when it’s not available for general public booking.
Do keep in mind that these tickets are subject to availability, and entry is not guaranteed.
For 2023, ticket prices are £22 for both adults and children, and children aged 2 and under get in for free.
Absolutely, the Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light caters to all ages. Kids will be spellbound by the charming characters, delightful animals, and the vibrant display of lights and colours. If you need more ideas for family-friendly activities, check out our recommendations for the best things to do in Norfolk with kids.
No. If you want to see Father Christmas, you need to book Santa’s Magical Journey here, which also includes entrance to the Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light.
To ensure you don’t miss the enchanting experience of the Enchanted Journey of Light, it’s highly recommended to secure your full-price tickets in advance through online booking. While discounted tickets for Christmas Spectacular ticket holders are available for purchase in person at Fantasyland on the day of your visit, please note that entry is not guaranteed.
The Enchanted Journey of Light will not be cancelled due to rain or snow. The only circumstances that may lead to a cancellation or suspension are high winds, posing potential safety concerns for both employees and customers navigating the outside section of the experience. In the event of Yellow+ warnings for high winds in Norfolk, please check the Thursford website for real-time updates.
You are free to explore at your own pace, so I suggest budgeting around 1 to 2 hours to fully experience the entire attraction.
Absolutely! There’s ample time to experience both the Christmas Spectacular and the Enchanted Journey of Light. For the best experience, we suggest exploring the Enchanted Journey of Light after the matinee or before the evening show, as the light trail truly shines in the dark.
Yes, you can take photos inside Fantasyland and on the Lantern Light Trail.
You have the option to buy food and drinks at the Pavilion Restaurant, the cafe inside Fantasyland, and the Barn Cafe.
The Thursford Enchanted Journey of Light takes place at the Thursford Collection. Use the postcode NR21 0AS in your GPS, and once you get in the area, it is well sign posted.
There is a large car park (with some disabled parking spaces) on site that is free to use.