Twilight Trail: Biscuit Town Open To All!

The Twilight Trail is lighting up Reading’s historic Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins – and also brightening up December for hundreds of charity service users and supporters.

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The light trail, which runs until New Year’s Eve, opened to the public last weekend with its Biscuit Town theme celebrating the approaching bicentenary of Huntley & Palmers, the Reading-based biscuit business that became one of the first-ever global brands. Highlights still to come at the event include the nationwide Doorstep Carols in association with BBC radio on December 15th and a special appearance by Henley Santa – as featured this month in The Sun – on Christmas Eve. Throughout the run the light, sound and smell installations of Luminism are accompanied by chalet bars and global food stalls.

250 tickets have been given to local charities, including Autism at Kingwood, Berkshire Women’s Aid, Connect Reading, Family Aid and Reading Mencap, thanks to the support of full fibre broadband builder CityFibre.

Parents And Children Together (PACT) will be using their donated tickets for users of their domestic abuse recovery programme Bounce Back 4 Kids. “We will be passing on this opportunity to see the Twilight Trail to some of our families who are healing from the trauma of domestic abuse,” said the South Street based charity. “It promises to be a magical experience and one they can enjoy together and help strengthen the bond between child and parent."

Stacey King, City Manager at CityFibre, added: “Christmas is about coming together and spending time at home with loved ones. It’s that feeling of connection that makes the festive season so special. CityFibre is building a brand-new broadband infrastructure across Reading as part of a £58m investment which will futureproof the town’s digital future and allow people to stay connected not just at Christmas, but all year round. The Twilight Trail is a fantastic event which celebrates Reading’s proud history and encourages people to come together and enjoy spending time in their hometown. We’re delighted to have donated 250 tickets to local good causes and look forward to meeting people at the event.” 

In addition, night four of Twilight Trail: Biscuit Town was taken over by homelessness charity Launchpad. Kirsti Wilson, Head of Marketing and Fundraising said, "We are so very grateful to Reading UK and Abbey Quarter BID for kindly giving the evening over to Launchpad - all proceeds from this special event will help us continue our vital work and give the gift of a better Christmas to people who are homeless or at risk of losing their home in Reading"

Tickets for Twilight Trail: Biscuit Town can be booked via whatsonreading.com, with off-peak tickets starting at £6 for children, £8 for adults and £26 for a family pass. More  information on festivities in Reading is available at christmasinreading.co.uk and on Instagram at @twilight_trail.

The project has received funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

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