We were there for the Leonardslee Illuminated last December 2020
We are hoping to visit again in 2021 - Interested?

SOLENT EVENTS DID NOT LET THIS PANDEMIC BEAT US – so we were still here for you!

We celebrated the start of the Christmas season with an Away-Day to Sussex for a  ‘feel-good stroll’ through the beautiful illuminated gardens of Leonardslee!

We were excited to offer you this exciting last-minute Away-Day to help you celebrate and experience a very different Christmas in 2020, and in 2021 we are now hoping to visit in the summer. 

LEONARDSLEE ILLUMINATED featured enchanting outdoor Christmas light & lantern displays throughout the gardens, a silver moon floating above the lake and large scale projections onto Leonardslee House, you will feel as though you’re on another planet – free from the stresses and strains of Covid!

We marveled at the musical and theatrical performances and shop in a festive CHRISTMAS MARKET offering a mixture of artisan produce, Christmas decorations, ornaments, real Christmas trees, unique gift ideas and stocking fillers – there was something for the whole family. 



For another Solent Events inclusive Away-Day!

What will be Included?

Provisional Itinerary: 

1130     Coach leaves Stokes Bay–sailing club bus shelter
1140      Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – seafront shops
1150      Pick up at Stubbington – Red Lion
1200      Pick up at Fareham – Peak Lane
1330      Arrive Castle Hotel, Bramber for a leisurely lunch 
1530     Leave Bramber     
1600      Arrive Leonnardslee Gardens for time to browse Christmas Markets until 1635
1645      Timed entry to Garden Illuminations
               NB. We are advised that the trail normally takes between 60 – 90 minutes to explore, giving you extra time to take some refreshment and finish browsing the                   Christmas stalls

1900      Meet coach
1915      Leave Leonardslee

2045     Arrive home area

The above itinerary is dependent on traffic etc.
Coach seats are filled on a first come first served basis from the back forward at each stop to adhere to Covid-19 restrictions. Couples & friends (up to 6) will normally be seated together if boarding together at the same pick-up. Solo travellers offside, couples/friends/bubbles of 2, nearside.
Solent Events & Leisure reserve the right to alter the final tour itinerary as necessary if circumstances change beyond their control.

‘Layers’ are advised for the comfort of restaurant & outdoor locations.
Sensible, comfortable walking shoes/boots, warm hat, scarf & gloves – plus a small folding brolly if rain is forecast!

NB. Please do not ask us to pick-up or drop-off at stops not specifically listed above, as unfortunately we are unable to do so! 

Menu Choice
Please choose 2-courses included in price (Starter & Main OR Main & Dessert)
Allergen information stated numerically below menu

Beetroot Cured Chalk Stream Trout – celeriac & dill remoulade, malted bread (1; 4; 9; 10; 11; 12)
Soup of the day, crusty bread (1; please ask for allergens)
Salt & pepper squid – spring onion, ginger, fresh chillies, sweet chilli sauce, pea shoots (1; 3)
Breaded Brie – seasonal berry compote (V) (1; 9; 10)

Main Course
Roast Turkey – stuffing, roast potatoes, roasted root vegetables, Brussels sprouts, pigs in blankets, Yorkshire pudding, jus (1; 9; 10; 11; 14)
Beef Bourguignon – horseradish mash potato, braised red cabbage (1; 10; 11; 14)
Grilled Field Mushrooms – topped with melting Welsh rarebit, mixed leaf salad, balsamic reduction (V) (9; 10; 12; 14)
Grilled Salmon – chive mash, seasonal vegetables, and prawn butter sauce (2; 4; 10; 12; 14)

Christmas pudding, brandy sauce (1; 10; 14)
Handmade cheesecake of the day, vanilla ice cream (V)  (please ask for allergens)
Raspberry & Prosecco Posset – home‐made shortbread biscuit, Chantilly cream (V) (1; 10; 14)
Baileys Salted Caramel brownie, vanilla ice cream (V) (1; 9; 10; 14)

Glass of wine or soft drink of your choice

Tea/Filter Coffee

Allergen Information (in brackets):
1. Gluten containing cereals; 2. Crustaceans; 3. Molluscs; 4. Fish; 5. Peanuts; 6. Lupin; 7. Tree Nuts; 8. Soya; 9. Eggs; 10. Milk; 11. Celery; 12. Mustard; 13.
Sesame; 14. Sulphur dioxide.

Statement from the Leonardslee Website:

Book Leonardslee Illuminated with confidence for your own safety.

We are all working together to ensure the safety and well being of everyone. Yourselves, the other visitors, event staff, traders and our artists & performers.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 safety guidelines and we have taken special measures to protect everyone.

Should the event date you have booked be cancelled, you will be notified immediately and offered an alternative date, if available, or a refund.

Ticket refund protection is available to purchase when you buy your tickets. You can request a refund if you are unable to attend due to unexpected illness (including COVID-19 or self-isolation) or specified unforeseen circumstances.
We have:

  • Reduced the number of tickets on sale within each time slot and added additional event dates to allow ample space for social distancing

  • Improved ticket entry systems to minimize queue times

  • Revised the trail route to manage visitor flow and enable safe social distancing

  • Enhanced our cleaning measures and installed hand sanitisation stations

  • Stewards to monitor and control the number of visitors at any one time allowed within covered spaces and introduced additional ventilation and one way flow within the market marquee

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