A popular festive lights show has been cancelled tonight due to a heavy rain forecast.

The Auckland Project, who run the AGLOW event at Auckland Castle, have announced the show will be cancelled this evening (December 7) for health and safety reasons.

They said they will be offering those affected the opportunity to transfer their tickets to a remaining date, or to request a refund.

A spokesperson for The Auckland Project said: "We are very sorry to announce that due to the heavy rain forecast for this evening, and in the interests of the health and safety of our visitors, AGLOW at Auckland Castle has been cancelled tonight.

"We appreciate that this is a disappointment and we will be giving those affected the chance to transfer tickets over to one of our remaining dates or request a refund. If you have pre-booked tickets for tonight's event you will have received an email with instructions for your next steps.

"Thank you for your understanding."

The AGLOW trail runs from November 22 until December 31, with tickets available to be booked online now starting from £13.

The Northern Echo: AGLOW at Bishop Auckland

The Radio Times have recognised the venue as one of the "biggest and brightest light trails in the north of England."

It was included by them on a list of the top 11 Christmas light trails in the country for 2023.

The attraction features a 100 metre-long tunnel with more than 100,000 lights.

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Adding to this, it boasts a giant redwood tree covered with nearly one kilometre of lights.

The Northern Echo: AGLOW at Bishop Auckland

Speaking on the event, Edward Perry, CEO of The Auckland Project, said: "We are delighted to be staging AGLOW for the first time at Auckland Castle and bringing another exciting attraction to Bishop Auckland and the wider region.

"We look forward to welcoming families from all over the North to what will be an inspirational light trail."