Windsor Great Park Illuminated has launched its 2023 trail, with an offering of sweet treats along the way.

The annual light show welcomed visitors in from Thursday, November 16, with new attractions as well as fan favourites such as the fairy trail and disco.

Organisers invited the Observer down to experience the trail. 

Upon arriving at Savill Garden's car park you make your way into the Festive Village, where the offering of food and drink has become bigger and better than last year.

Complete with its own tavern seating, a bar can be found alongside the likes of a Mac Shack and burger truck.

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Other stalls feature pizza, coffee, German sausages and marshmallows.

While we tucked into some macaroni cheese (£8.50) and Bratwurst (£11) which both hit the spot, many children enjoyed the offering of carnival attractions including a helter skelter and carousel.

From here you can take your time enjoying the area until you are ready to walk the trail, which takes about one hour to complete.

Beginning the trail we loved the use of strobe lights and disco balls, with multiple displays running alongside a soundtrack.

A beautiful waterfall display with rainbow lighting was captivating to watch before heading on into the woodlands where we followed fairies to their disco in the woods.

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Favourites from last year made a return, including the dog and human angle wings selfie spot and woodland animal projection scene.

Along the trail there are rest stops, with food and drink stands and toilets just after the midway point. 

Here we opted to get a crepe filled with Nutella and Oreo (£6.95).

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The tunnel of light has also returned following last year's success and offers a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the experience.

At the end of the trail, a talking tree wishes you goodbye.

Overall, I enjoyed Windsor Great Park Illuminated, however, I felt organisers leant a little too heavily into the fairy theme from last year which dominated the trail.

This may not be a problem for many who are yet to experience the trail and those with families really enjoyed following the fairies and getting immersed in a disco in the woodland.

Prices this year have risen ever so slightly with a regular family expecting to pay about £2 more than last year. 

Super off-peak costs £19.80, off-peak costs £22 and peak costs £28.05.

A family ticket starts at £56.10 and children aged three to 15 cost £12.10.

Food and drink prices match those found in Windsor restaurants, so for those wishing not to spend money on top of their tickets, I would advise them to have a main meal before attending.

I feel the price is worth the premium experience you get and other light trails are priced at a similar rate.

Windsor Great Park Illuminated runs until January 2, 2024.

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