To celebrate the Chinese New Year — the Year of the Monkey, no less — Chiswick House Gardens have been transformed into a blaze of light and colour. And we mean transformed. The stately acres look utterly alien, with dozens of illuminated sculptures forming the Magical Lantern Festival.
Take a night-time ramble around the grounds and you'll be treated to the sights below, and many more besides. We must confess to gazing in slack-jawed wonder at the scale of the show. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you'll be covering plenty of ground (including, perhaps, a 20 minute walk to Turnham Green station..."you burn off as many calories as there are in a bowl of noodles," reckon the organisers).
Magic Lantern Festival is the best family ticket in town at the moment — an unforgettable nocturnal adventure for kids and adults alike.
Magical Lantern Festival is at Chiswick House Gardens Tuesdays till Sundays until 6 March 2016. Tickets are £16/£10 in advance, with family deals available.