Returning in Autumn 2021

01 November 2020

As you are aware, the government has instigated a National Lockdown in England as from 5 November for a month. This has had the regrettable consequence that we have been forced to cancel the remaining eight nights of the Spectacle of Light at Rufford Abbey.

As we have already incurred the rather large cost of installing all the lighting and were open for only four nights, we are offering two different options for our outstanding ticket holders, the first of which would help us alleviate that financial pressure.

Firstly, we are offering replacement vouchers for the Spectacle of Light at Rufford Abbey in 2021. This would definitely help us alleviate the financial pressure that the cancellation has caused. Each voucher will be able to be used against a booking for any date and time of your choice in the 2021 Spectacle of Light at Rufford Abbey and you will have priority and first choice in the booking process.

If you would like to receive replacement vouchers for the 2021 Spectacle of Light at Rufford Abbey, please email and you will receive a confirmation receipt email within 48 hours. The vouchers will be sent out in the following two to three weeks. Please ensure that you include your name and your original booking reference.

Secondly, if the voucher option is not agreeable to you, we would offer you a refund.

Please email and you will receive a confirmation receipt email within 48 hours. Refunds will be processed in the following two to three weeks. Please ensure that you include your name and your original booking reference.

Rufford Abbey and the Spectacle of Light team are so disappointed that this cancellation has been forced upon us but rest assured that we will be back in 2021.

Spectacle of Light at Rufford Abbey

Returning in Autumn 2021


The Magical After-Dark Adventure for all the Family!

Enjoy the new illuminated trail around Rufford Abbey’s stunning grounds, with sparkling installations throughout the beautiful gardens and romantic ruins.

Captain your own ship and scale the castle walls as you explore the night-time wonder of the new Adventure Play Area all lit under the stars.

Rufford Abbey Country Park Illuminated Sculptures

New and exciting for 2020!

Enjoy the new illuminations along the magical trail around Rufford’s stunning grounds. Gaze at the garden of Glowing Spheres. Walk through the Kaleidoscope of Colour and marvel at the flickering Field of Fire!

Experience a spectacle of light with festive eats and treats

Eats and Treats!

Sip delicious night-time warmers of Mulled Wine and Hot Chocolate as you follow this magical trail around these beautiful grounds. Tuck into scrumptious hot food in the Abbey Courtyard.



You can book with confidence for our Spectacle of Light illuminated trail

Be assured that the safety and well-being of our visitors is of the utmost importance to us and we are continually monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic situation as it evolves.

Current plans in place for the comfort and reassurance of our visitors include:

  • Reducing the number of tickets on sale within each time slot from previous years, to allow visitors more space
  • Revising the trail route to one-way and reducing the chance of pinch points to manage visitor flow
  • Additional cleaning and having hand sanitisation stations where appropriate
  • Catering facilities are being designed to allow social distancing

In the unlikely situation that we need to cancel the whole event, you can transfer your ticket to the following year, or get a refund. 

See our latest Covid Update

What Last Year’s Visitors Have Said

What a lovely evening. Really well organised and lots to see. Walk around at your own pace and take in the brilliant light and sound show. Something magical for all the family


A breathtaking walk through an enchanted forest of light, colour and fantasy. Magical. A spectacular Spectacle of Light 💖


A great family evening out, which grandchildren and adults really enjoyed. Loved the river of lights and the brolly garden!


Rufford Abbey - spectacular lighting effects for all the family to enjoy
Rufford Abbey special lighting effects for Spectacle of Light
Rufford Abbey illuminated for Spectacle of Light

Dates & Timings

Returning in Autumn 2021

On Selected Evenings:
October – November
Entry Times from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Each evening the Spectacle is a continuous experience with entry time slots every half hour. This is designed to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the spectacle in the best possible light. When you book you can decide your time of entry subject to availability. It should be stressed that you must be at the entrance at your chosen time as tickets are only valid for that time and not transferable.

A typical walk will take approximately 60 – 75 minutes. If you wish to stay longer, you are very welcome, but please adhere to social distancing rules.

Tickets & Booking

EarlyBirdSAVE 25%
Adult 16+£13.50
Child 3-15£6.75
Under 3'sFree
Family 2+2£34.50
Disabled CarersFree
Book by 30 September
AdvanceSAVE 15%
Adult 16+£15.30
Child 3-15£7.65
Under 3'sFree
Family 2+2£39.10
Disabled CarersFree
Book from 1 October
Adult 16+£18.00
Child 3-15£9.00
Under 3'sFree
Family 2+2£46.00
Disabled CarersFree
Buy On The Day tickets only at
Rufford Abbey from 5pm onwards
Free Car Parking

Advance Tickets have 15% saving off the Full Price and are only bookable online or by phone 01623 821 338 (10.30am – 4.30pm)

On The Day Tickets are Full Price and can only be purchased in person at Rufford Abbey from 5.00pm on the day

Groups of 15 or more paying visitors can receive a 30% discount off the full price. Ring our booking line 01623 821 338 (10.30am – 4.30pm)

Ticket prices include VAT and booking fee



Rufford Abbey Country Park, Nottinghamshire NG22 9DF

Two miles south of Ollerton and 17 miles north of Nottingham on the A614 Nottingham to Doncaster road.

Car Parking is free.

A DB Partnership production with Rufford Abbey Country Park.

Further Information is available at

Or to find out more about Rufford Abbey’s Spectacle of Light contact us.

Book tickets online or by calling 01623 821 338