An incredible, never-seen-before series of events will dazzle and amaze Ashford this December. As the Illuminites events unfold, watch in amazement as Ashford’s skies and streets transform before your eyes. Find out more below…

Glow International

  • Friday 6th & Saturday 7th December
  • International House
    Dover Place · TN23 1HU
  • 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm

On Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December, you will be able to enjoy a five minute digital mapping projection on the side of International House, Dover Place, celebrating Ashford’s rich heritage and history. Watch in wonder as the building transforms before your eyes, falling away and reappearing in a kaleidoscope of imagery. 

The newly-opened Coachworks in Dover Place will be serving up a range of food and drink, working with Kent Food Hubs to provide tasty, local and sustainable food, and there will be a small market of local traders. The shows will be at 4.30, 5.30 and 6.30pm. The car park at Dover Place will be closed for viewers to watch safely.

Ashford's Winter Forest

  • Friday 6th & Saturday 7th December
  • Elwick Place & Ashford town centre
    Dover Place · TN23 1HU
  • Friday 6-8pm Saturday 12-8pm

For two nights only, on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December you can experience Ashford’s enchanting and magical Winter Forest, made up of a trail of illuminated trees dotted around the town centre and Elwick Place. The trees are Ashford-themed, showcasing the town’s rich history, famous landmarks, and illustrious residents for a striking installation that evokes a wintery woodland walk.

Carnival of the Baubles

  • Saturday 14th December
  • International House
    Dover Place · TN23 1HU
  • 5.30pm

On Saturday 14 December, come and join the Illuminites finale - the Carnival of the Baubles! Starting at Elwick Place from 5.30pm, a procession of giant, illuminated baubles, decorated by children from six Ashford primary schools will make its way down Bank Street to the Lower High Street, where it will all end with a celebration. There will be a night market selling hot food and drink, making it the perfect family evening.

The illumination station

Anyone who wants to get involved with Illuminites can drop in to the Illumination Station in County Square, where you will have the chance to decorate your very own Christmas bauble. These will be hung from one of the trees in the Winter Forest, contributing your artwork to this incredible installation. You can also decorate a Christmas lantern, for use in the Carnival of the Baubles. 

Open to the public and businesses from 2-14 December, just follow the baubles on the floor of County Square to find your way to the fun. Check out our Facebook page for information on all of the key dates at the Illumination Station. 

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