This autumn, families and friends can discover giant light sculptures of wetland wildlife, interspersed with magical, playful installations, such as light tunnels and responsive lily pads, at the award-winning WWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes.

ILLUMINATURE, running 4.00-10.00pm from 22 October 2021 to 9 January 2022, offers visitors something a bit different – an interactive ‘wild’ experience of London under the stars. The illuminated light trail includes huge, beautifully-lit models of floating swans, a family of otters, a flock of flamingos and Winifred the owl, amongst many others.

In addition, children and adults can dance under rainfall lights, skip along with fireflies, play in the blue waters of an immersive light tunnel, hop along responsive lily pads, create colourful shadow animals, and have plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

All this is set amongst the reed beds, lagoons and grazing marsh of WWT London Wetland Centre, with the sights and sounds of night-time nature playing out in the background.

Tickets are priced at £17.50 for adults and £12.50 per child and must be pre-booked online. The tickets sales cut-off time is 15:00 on the previous day, this allow us to organise staff numbers for the following day.

Lisa Woodward, Centre Manager at London Wetland Centre, said:

ILLUMINATURE is the first event of its kind that WWT, in partnership with Lumagica and MK Experience, has run. We are really excited to showcase our amazing wetland wildlife in a totally new way to both first time and regular visitors through this experience. We hope the trail creates a real buzz and encourages people to learn more about the amazing wetlands and animals we have here on our reserve.

Adele Hodson from Lumagica/MK Experience commented:

We are delighted to be partnering with WWT and London Wetland Centre in putting on this fabulous experience for everyone who loves wildlife or simply wants a fun night out under the stars experiencing something a little different. We have 25 years of experience in engaging indoor and outdoor events. We are proud to support WWT’s conservation work and are pleased to be part of an event that helps support this.

For more information on the event and to book your tickets visit the event page. The tickets sales cut-off time is 15:00 on the previous day, this allow us to organise staff numbers for the following day.

‘ILLUMINATURE’ is hosted by WWT and Lumagica, in association with MK Experience.