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Helmingham Hall Gardens

Open Now: 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Christmas lights event

Visited Helmingham's first illuminated garden trail on Sunday 2nd December. Christmas craft stalls... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Claire K
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Christmas at Helmingham with illuminated garden trail

•Lovely atmospheric festive walk around the gardens of Helmingham Hall Suffolk UK. The lighting was... read more

Reviewed December 10, 2018
vicannlee
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lights were okay you need more light at the entrance and more people showing you where to walk,the day we went it had rained so very slippy also quite dark in places good maybe for children the price is a bit expensive for what...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For the first year of the light trail it wasn't bad, it would have been more impressive for younger children though. Good effort and hope it improves year on year. £10 pp and took us about 40 mins to walk around so with the size...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Visited Helmingham's first illuminated garden trail on Sunday 2nd December. Christmas craft stalls and food stalls were running and then a short queue to enter the gardens when they opened at 4pm. Very nicely done and I am guessing they will improve each and every...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Claire K
HelminghamHall, General Manager at Helmingham Hall Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your lovely feedback - we are so pleased that you enjoyed the trail and hope to see you again for year two! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

Having just visited with adult family members for the set afternoon tea and garden walk we were extremely disappointed regarding value for money. Entering the tea rooms first, there was a lack of Christmassy atmosphere and decorations were sparse. We felt the staff were indifferent...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank peter r
HelminghamHall, General Manager at Helmingham Hall Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. Sorry that you didn't enjoy your experience. We don't run the Tea Rooms in house and so I will pass on your comments. We also advised everyone that contacted us about the Illuminated Trail that this was not fully suitable...More

Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

•Lovely atmospheric festive walk around the gardens of Helmingham Hall Suffolk UK. The lighting was just great. •Early bird booking made visit better value. •Some areas more adult orientated and others more geared for children. •Entrance gates from road needed to be lit up or...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank vicannlee
HelminghamHall, General Manager at Helmingham Hall Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this feedback - we are so pleased you enjoyed the trail. Totally agree about the entrances - we are usually only open in the Summer and so the lit entrances were overlooked. Thank you for supporting the event and we...More

Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a pleased winter walk around the grounds, which were opened especially to celebrate Christmas just for the week. The trees were lit and bushes dressed in Christmas lights, mulled wine and toasted marshmallows which all created a twinkling atmosphere. Decorated gourds hung from plant...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SueandJune
HelminghamHall, General Manager at Helmingham Hall Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed the trail and many thanks for your very useful feedback. We will look to improve the darker areas of the trail in year two - its good to know how you felt. I'm glad you found the atmosphere...More

Reviewed December 8, 2018 via mobile

I was absolutely gobsmacked at the price we were charged today for afternoon tea for 4 people (2 adults, 2 children). It was £72(!!!) Had I of known it was going to cost that much I’d have made us up one at home instead! I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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HelminghamHall, General Manager at Helmingham Hall Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for the review. I'm sorry that you felt you didn't have a very good afternoon tea experience. We don't run the The Coach House Tearooms ourselves - we lease this out and so would welcome you to email events@helmingham.com about your experience so...More

Reviewed December 8, 2018 via mobile

My family and friends all got together to visit the illuminated garden trail this evening. I can’t believe that they charged for entry. We were honestly shocked at how basic the show was. It was literally a string of fairy lights across the gardens. I...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank meganalice12
HelminghamHall, General Manager at Helmingham Hall Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for taking the time to review the event. We are so sorry that you didn't enjoy it - I wonder if you saw the entire garden as there was certainly more than a string of fairy lights? We hope that you managed to...More

Reviewed December 6, 2018

Went to the Illuminated Garden Trail at Helmingham Hall this evening. The first time the gardens and grounds have been illuminated. A jolly good idea. Not overstated or over the top. Very subtle. The Hall, trees, trails & gardens delightfully on show in the lights....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Michael N
HelminghamHall, Manager at Helmingham Hall Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2018

Dear Michael, We are thrilled that you enjoyed the Illuminated Garden Trail and hope that you will join us next year as we develop! Very good point about the entrance signs...as we are only usually open in the Summer months we missed this and will...More

Reviewed December 2, 2018

This is a totally unique experience in Suffolk - such a pleasure to walk around the magnificent moated hall gardens - the hall looks amazing all lit up in its real splendour. Expect the natural beauty of the gardens to be lit, this isn't a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank ladyloo123
HelminghamHall, Manager at Helmingham Hall Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2018

Thank you so much for supporting the event and we are so pleased that you enjoyed it. We hope to see you again next year for our second Illuminated Garden trail!

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Response from Chris B | Reviewed this property |
The trick is to text the mobile number - got a response from that!
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Hi Becky,As far as I know you do have to book,we used the tea rooms while we were there and the food was very nice,but we didn't,t have Afternoon tea,it,s a shame that no one is answering,have you tried the email address... More
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Response from Samantha G | Reviewed this property |
Only saw a dog outside in the café area, don't know about the gardens.
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