Every year, somewhere wonderful hosts the Magical Lantern Display, and this year, it is Chiswick House and Gardens. This year's event runs until Sunday March 6th, and, with so many child-friendly restaurants lining Chiswick High Road, is a lovely way to spend an evening.
The festival is a spectacular artistic installation of beautifully sculpted lanterns taking various forms, from giant animals and birds to buildings and abstract lantern designs of all shapes and sizes.
Chiswick House is a magnificent neo-Palladian villa set in beautiful historic gardens in west London. A huge restoration project for the gardens was unveiled in 2010. Built by the third Earl of Burlington in 1729 to showcase his art collection and to enthral his guests, the house continues to display many spectacular works of art.
The gardens at Chiswick are the birthplace of the English Landscape Movement and have inspired countless gardens including New York's Central Park.
The entrance for Chiswick House Gardens to visit the Lantern Festival is situated just off the westbound A4 and clearly marked by a brown tourist entrance sign.
Ticketed entry every 15 minutes from 5.00pm to 8.45pm - please visit http://www.chgt.org.uk/ for more details. To book tickets, call: 0844 844 0444.
Please note that due to the recent adverse weather conditions, some parts of the route may be closed, and the Festival is also closed on Tuesday 23rd and Monday 29th February.