Magical Nightime Garden – Syon Park

Reflections at Syon Park Reflections at Syon Park Lake


We have just made a repeat trip to the Enchanted Woodland Garden at Syon Park, West London.  We first visited this time last year and yet again it was a magical, enchanting and inspiring experience.

The gardens are lit, spotlighted and hung with decorations.  The organisers use the effect of changing colour, twinkling lights, sound effects, steam and shadows to their full.  Last year I described our visit, this year I have given more thought as to why the experience is so wonderful and enjoyed by all ages.  It was great to see so many families having such fun.


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shadow box Syon Park shadow box Syon Park



Enchanted Woodland garden Syon Park

When did you last Visit a Garden at Night?

There is a uniqueness and unusualness in walking around a garden in the dark.  You just don’t get to do it.  We hardly ever venture into our own garden on an autumn or winter evening.  It’s a novel experience.

Hits Your Senses

Visually the experience is wonderful.  You walk from lighted tree trunk to darkness and then onto a sparkling woodland glade whilst soaking up the spectacular reflections in the lake producing classic mirror images.

At times the lighting works with music, entrancing everyone further.  Why does music always sound different outside and in the dark?  Whilst walking around you will hear the odd hoot of an owl  Real or not?  One for the children to ponder.

The shadow and light effects really highlight the features of trunks, branches and even roots.  You just want to reach out and touch.  You can see all of the gnarls, indents and smoothness which you may never have spotted in the daylight.

Watch your Speed

Everyone perhaps walks a little slower in the dark and there is time to take things in more.  There is less distraction and you are more focussed on what you may come to next.  Altogether it’s a very calming experience.

Enchanted Woodland garden Syon Park



Enchanted Woodland garden Syon Park

Enchanted Woodland garden Syon Park

Nighttime Conservatory Syon PK Nighttime Conservatory Syon PK


There has to be a special mention for the light and sound show in the conservatory.  When I asked my son what was his favourite part of last year’s display it was this.  I don’t need to ask this year because I know it will be the same.   The conservatory at Syon Park is a stunning piece of architecture and the glass dome provides the most fantastic space for light and sound to bounce and reverberate.

I have yet to mention the word ‘fairy’.  If you believe in them you will truly consider this their land.  I know that there are a few more gardens organising night time visits this year.  I and my family are certainly addicted to the concept.



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15 Responses to Magical Nightime Garden – Syon Park

  1. Cheryl November 30, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    I think you are right about walking in the woods at night being a different sensory experience to a daytime trip. All the lights make your walk seem quite magical. #CountryKids

    • Lynda November 30, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      I think we take torches and try a ramble in our local woods this weekend. Thanks for stopping by

  2. Coombe Mill - Fiona November 30, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    How very magical and wonderful, I love the idea of walking among through and discovering the lovely sights and effects that they have created. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  3. Sara (@mumturnedmom) November 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    We’ve never done a night garden walk like this, but I would love to. It really does look magical. #CountryKids

  4. Rachael (Mushroomsmum) November 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    I love the idea of a night garden walk! All the parks here close when it gets dark (so the latest they’re open is 6pm. Some close at 4! Which is necessary for safety, but means Mushroom has never really been in the park when it’s dark. He would love this! As would I….

  5. Kim Carberry November 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Ohh wow! That does look magical!

  6. Kriss @OverthertoHere November 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Wow that really does look like a magical place to visit. I’d love to take my kids on such a ‘night’ visit.

  7. EnchantedSyon December 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Thanks for the review, we’ve been doing this for eight years now and honestly think it gets better every time!
    All visitor information is on, but we are open friday saturday and sunday until 8th December, gates open 1700, last entry at 2000.
    See you there!

  8. Sam @happyhomebird December 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Amazing! I love these garden at night events. We did have one local to us but for some reason they’ve now stopped it which is such a shame. Looks great. Sam x

  9. Claudia December 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    oh wow. how amazing. my daughter would love this! she just loves lit up gardens.

  10. Sara (@mumturnedmom) December 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Popping back from #HowDoesYourGardenGrow? Still magical :)

  11. Mammasaurus December 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Ooo I’ve not been walking in the woods at night for years, we used to go to a special night time light walk in the Forest of Dean and it was really magical. A whole new experience doing it at night.

    Thanks for joining in and sharing x

  12. Gemma Garner December 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    I haven’t walked in the woods at night since I was a kid. I’ll have to make a point of doing it. Love your photo of all the lights/lanterns shining away in the darkness.

  13. Kathleen December 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    The reflections are amazing! There is something mysterious and beautiful about gardens at night – and it looks like this one had a lot of magical touches to it as well!

  14. Charmaine @ littlenestbox December 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    oh that looks like great fun… everything feels so different in the dark doesn’t it! x