Organisers of a brand new County Durham light trail for 2023 have heralded the attraction as a shining success after it has been revealed it hosted 30,000 people in 2023.

Bishop Auckland's AGLOW at Auckland Castle has proven to be a glowing triumph as organisers have revealed the attraction drew 30,000 visitors in just over a month.

The trail was also featured in the ‘Best UK Christmas Light Trails 2023’ by Radio Times.

AGLOW has lit up the night with creative and captivating light art since late November this year with projections on Auckland Castle's walls, a tunnel of 100,000 stars as well as LED vines and starburst trees.

The Northern Echo: AGLOW Bishop Auckland.AGLOW Bishop Auckland. (Image: Stuart Boulton/The Northern Echo)

Walkers have also been able to traverse the glittering lights along ancient parkland with views of the illuminated Deer House, silk flower lanterns, pyrotechnics on the River Gaunless, and even Santa’s Village with appearances from the man himself.

Following the success of 2023's trail, organisers at The Auckland Project have confirmed the project will return for 2024 on November 22.


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The Northern Echo: AGLOW Bishop Auckland.AGLOW Bishop Auckland. (Image: SARAH CALDECOTT)

Jared Bowers, Chief Operating Officer at The Auckland Project, said: “The reaction to AGLOW at Auckland Castle has blown us away and we’ve had so much positive feedback from visitors who have been particularly impressed with its scale, value for money and how we’ve made the most of every twist and turn in the parkland. 

“Despite being brand new, we set an ambitious target for ourselves and we’re thrilled to have achieved it, whilst providing a wonderful experience for so many. AGLOW will be back next year, ready to bring families and loved ones together for the ultimate festive evening out.” 

Tickets can still be booked online up to December 31 here.