Tickets on sale for Twilight Trail: Biscuit Town

The Twilight Trail is back – bigger, better and biscuitier! The festive light trail made its debut in Reading last year, selling over 12,000 tickets for timed slots. Now Twilight Trail: Biscuit Town returns to the stunning setting of the Abbey Ruins and Forbury Gardens from 3-31 December 2021.

The lighting installations are being specially created by light art pioneers, Luminism. Part of Yes Events, they have been cited by The Guardian as one of the UK’s leading light trail producers and trusted by clients including Elton John, Jaguar and Green for Grenfell to deliver best-in-class productions. Their immersive, engaging and unique installations for Twilight Trail: Biscuit Town will include The Lion’s Roar and the Production Line stepping stones. They are also working with playwright Helen Eastman, whose credits include In The Night Garden Live and Reading Rep’s The Nutcracker, to create a mouth-watering wintery wonderland.

Brought to you by Reading UK, Abbey Quarter BID and proudly supported by The Blade, the Twilight Trail: Biscuit Town is a fun, fully accessible, open-air light trail experience, designed for all ages. This year’s theme celebrates Reading’s old nickname of Biscuit Town as we approach the bicentenary of Huntley and Palmers’ beginnings in London Street in 1822. They went on to establish the world’s biggest biscuit factory in the town and became one of the first global brands, selling to 172 countries.RUK TT 2021 WOR Event Listing 915 x 610

There will be increased food, drink and retail offerings from WePop, the team behind Reading’s Après Ski pop-up and Oktoberfest, including chalet bars and biscuit-related merchandise from Reading Museum. December 8th sees Launchpad, Reading’s leading homelessness prevention charity, take over the Trail for the night, with Carols by Twilight, a take on their much-loved annual carols concert.

The Twilight Trail is the flagship of Reading UK’s Christmas in Reading campaign, which is encouraging residents and visitors to make the most of the town centre over the festive season, including support for Reading’s varied shopping and dining options which have suffered after a tough 18 months for the sector.

Reading UK’s Zsuzsi Lindsay commented: “We had such a wonderful response to last year’s Trail, so we are delighted to be back even brighter this year. With Huntley and Palmers starting off with a small shop and then putting the town on the global map and supplying biscuits to Queen Victoria and Napoleon, they seemed the perfect inspiration – and who doesn’t love biscuits?!”

Tickets for Twilight Trail start at £6 for children, £8 for adults and £26 for a family pass.

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