for 10 years now the city of Nottingham has had a Light Night. We have never been before but this year we finally managed to get there. Well, the "we" on this occasion was hubby, eldest and I. the other two boys were not keen to go.
There are events all around the city but we decided to start at the Castle.
Nottingham castle is set in lovely gardens, and many coloured lights had been used to illuminate the plants. The effect was very striking.
I loved this wicker Robin Hood statue.
The background lights were constantly changing colour. It was very effective.
So much colour...in February.
From the gardens we climbed up to the castle it's self.
Sadly the original castle that stood on this huge rock overlooking the town of "Snottingham"....yes really :0)....is long gone.
The building that is now here is a museum and on light night there's free admission.
You can't deny it's built in the perfect defensive position, high on a rock with views for miles from it's battlements.
It's slightly dizzying looking down at the streets below.
Gosh it was chilly up there, the temperature hovered around zero Celsius and the odd snowflake fluttered down.
It's a shame the cloud obscured the full moon.
Back outside the bandstand attracted our attention.
I loved this dreamy installation with it's suspended umbrellas and changing colours.
Down the hill we went, past a really old pub.
The oldest in England.
There were plenty of people down here. In fact there was a long queue to get into the museum, so we decided to give it a miss on this occasion.
I loved the lights illuminating parts of castle rock.
And the heat from this fire was so welcome.
There was one more place we wanted to see so we climbed up the hill again.
Every sort of light up thing imaginable was for sale by the castle. I felt glad my boys are past pestering me for this sort of stuff.
It's not far at all from the castle to the Old Market square, which is sporting a huge wheel at the moment. It's only here till March so it was nice to see it as part of the light night attractions.
This side of the wheel was prettier. So many lights.
constantly changing colour.
I did not feel tempted to go for a ride. I think my fairground ride days are over...except for the carousel.
I loved the look of the wheel though.
And I always love to see old buildings with character.
After a while we could stand the cold no longer.
So we headed home for hot chocolate and home made fruit loaf.
We loved our first Light Night visit...I certainly hope it's not the last.